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The Rumor: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elin Hilderbrand

Narrated By: Kathleen McInerney

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: June 2015

Duration: 10 hours 50 minutes


Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

And rumor has it...

...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;

...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.


  • Briahna T.

    Elin Hildebrand does it again! This book is a great escape into the trials and tribulations of Nantucket life. The story highlights how messy life can be when people start telling rumors.

  • Jessica Frischman

    The book started with a lot of promise but even at the end if felt like it was still building and then it just ended.

  • Gwendolyn Gaither

    Just tried this book while browsing. Good but slow moving in some places.

  • Dacia Weist

    Loved the idea of this book but not necessarily the writing There were parts I loved and parts I hated. It seemed to end weird too as if the author didn't know how to wrap it up... It was just okay for me,

  • Michele Ruiz

    Little slow on the start, but the story has some fun twists and picks up steam.