Here's to Us

Here's to Us

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Celebrity chef Deacon Rowe is struggling with addiction, depression and not one, but two scandals. As summer nears, he travels to the idyllic Eastern bluff of Nantucket, where he takes his own life. In the shocking wake of Deacon's suicide, his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Laurel Rowe, sets out to gather Deacon's far-flung family--including Deacon and Laurel's son, and Deacon's other ex-wives and children--on the island. Secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man they loved.
Publisher: [New York] :, Little, Brown,, 2016
ISBN: 9780316375146
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 12, 2020

For all those people who supposedly had a close relationship to Deacon, their characterizations pointed to a very surface-type relationship. There wasn’t a whole lot of depth revealed about the characters or maybe they were just very shallow people. That made it hard to invest a whole lot of interest in and relate to the book.

Jun 16, 2019

Too many characters & I didn't really like any of them -- they were all shallow, living a life I couldn't relate to. Too many storylines that didn't go anywhere. I guess the author didn't do a good job of pulling me in, I gave up early.

Dec 14, 2016

I was born and raised in New England so I wanted to read this. I heard her other books are really good. This one was ok, but I will give her other books a try.

Jul 27, 2016

I've read Erin Hildebrand's "Rumor" and felt at the beginning that "Here's to us," didn't measure up. But the story of Deacon Thorpe's life, death, and his relationships gradually began to get gripping. When three women, all of whom had been married to the same man, get together it is natural that sparks will fly; and they did. All in all an interesting plot and a well-told story.

Jul 08, 2016

Hilderbrand's books are usually good reads, but this was definitely a disappointment. 75% through I was still looking for central plot lines. Too many characters were undeveloped. Too many back stories were given lip service. This one seemed written for the $$$ advance and not for the story.

Jul 06, 2016

I am not sure when the descriptions of this book were written (those appearing on this page) but there were two major differences in those and the actual book. First the character was not Deacon Rowe but in the book was Deacon Thorpe. Secondly, there was absolutely no mention that he commits suicide, but he died of a heart attack.
Despite these differences in the book, I didn't enjoy this as much as previous books by this author. The characters were not very likable as most of them had been married several times, carried on affairs with each others and bled Deacon dry with their lifestyles and needs. Supposedly at the end there were "happy endings" for some of the people involved in this story, but Deacon even though he was not there, was in my opinion still a victim. Even through what was supposed to be a memorial they were still more interested in their lives then paying tribute to the man who loved all of them in his own way. Deacon's greatest loss was his father early in his life and he never found real lasting happiness after that.


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