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Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket

I jumped back into the world of Nantucket Blue (and Red) this past week and when I finished, I was overcome with the fear that Cricket has flown under the radar as one of the more memorable young adult female main characters of the past two years. Granted, when I first met Cricket, she and […]

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January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] still a huge fan of Cricket from the Nantucket Blue books. This year, Nantucket Red was released and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking of Cricket as […]

July 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Pub Date: A Summer of Reds, Estelle - […] because I think Cricket is one of the strongest female contemporary leading ladies we have out there. In Nantucket Blue, she fought with her friendship when it totally changed, and in Nantucket Red, […]

June 1, 2014 - 5:59 am

Judith - Oh my god, I must read these books. Especially what you said in the first paragraph, how Cricket sees the world, speaks to me so much, because that’s exactly how I feel! I also may or may not have teared up because of this: “Sometimes you do have to put yourself first. It’s not a selfish move. It’s what you have to do to survive, to make do, and maybe, just maybe, if you are patient, life will come full circle and you will be presented with a lovely gift – a second chance.” (I’m writing this down in my quotes notebook as we speak, so you should feel honored, you are now among my favorite authors 😉 Love love love!

May 17, 2014 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Oh my god. I love this post so much. I really loved Cricket in Nantucket Blue, so I can’t wait to see where her life goes in Nantucket Red. Her story sounds so relevant to my life right now. I’m glad you’re able to relate to her so well because that only makes books better.

May 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Agree. Cricket is so endearing from her pull yourself up by your bootstraps to feeling with her whole heart. Can’t wait for more people to meet & learn from Cricket.

May 15, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Cricket did not leave a lasting impression on me like she did with you. However, I came to understand her and appreciate her more in Nantucket Red. I’ll be honest, she got on my nerves in NB. Sometimes a bit too much that it caused a disconnect with the story. So I am very thankful I picked up NR because it gave me a whole new perspective on her character.

I love hearing about how a story or character can affect a reader’s life personally. This is why literature is such a meaningful piece of art. Thank you for sharing this bit with us, Estelle.

May 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Cheesy and/or weird to tell you that I just teared up at this post? Because I did.
CRICKET. I need to meet Leila Howland so I can hug her for writing Cricket. I’ve never been to Nantucket, I’ve never had someone like a mom who I lost, my parents didn’t get divorced, I didn’t go to an all-girls school, and didn’t date my best friends brother. BUT I identified so much of Cricket for who she was as a person and not necessarily the specifics of what she went through. I related to how she handled each situation, the pressure she felt for perfection and the drive to excel, the embarrassment and guilt she felt when she didn’t… Her story is so beautiful because it IS full of flaws. She DOES make mistakes. And I just saw so much of my own personal experiences in there that I just FELT what she felt.
I’m so glad you wrote this post because you took the feelings in my head and wrote them much lovelier than I could ever say! Fantastic post, my dear. I could honestly write you a whole blog post in reply but I’m TRYING not to 🙂

May 15, 2014 - 9:16 am

Meg - Awesome post, Estelle — and now I’m definitely eager to read this series! It’s a new one to me, but sounds like something to which I’ll relate as well. Reading your posts never fails to add to my TBR! 🙂

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack

I don’t know about you but when it’s 8 degrees outside and you have to wear about 12 layers to walk a few blocks, all you want is summer. (Sun, and all things hot…)  All I want to do is imagine cute clothes, ice cream cones, and long walks in the sunshine.  At least for […]

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May 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 1, 2014 - 4:00 am

Alexa S. - Reading this post was probably the best and worst thing ever. Best, because these things are so cute (and I really think I want to get that pillow or something similar to it) and I’m reminded of the awesome time that is summer. Worst, because now I wish it was actually summer! GAH. But seriously, great picks E! Everything definitely is in theme with the book.

January 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Betty - LOVE THIS POST!! Obviously… a big reason is because I love Leila Howland and Nantucket Blue!! You ladies did an awesome job putting together this themed gift pack! I especially love that scarf and watch!! I’m drooling too! THIS MAKES ME WANT SUMMER TO BE HERE NOWWW!

January 29, 2014 - 10:25 am

Leah - So, yeah, I’m totally living through this post right now. If I wish hard enough for sun it’ll happen, right? …RIGHT?

That scarf is absolutely adorable and I am a watch fiend! 🙁 Anthropologie, why must you be so pretty and so expensive?? There’s a store near me and that’s just too cruel.

January 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh. My. Gosh. I need that watch. Love it so much. Well, I don’t really need it, because, you know, I already have too many watches. Bit still, love it!

January 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the dress! Holy cows, I could not even imagine spending that much on it though!
You are too darn cute. I love these types of things and this is such a fun little gift pack! Makes me long for the summer and the days when it was warm and I sat on my balcony reading Nantucket Blue!

January 28, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I want that dress! Why is it $348? But it makes me so happy that I no longer work down the street from an Anthropologie and I’m no longer tempted by all of their evil, over-priced, so adorable clothing. Great choices all around, I love this idea!

January 28, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Rachel - AHH I love this. The new Kate Spade line is my favorite and I want pretty much everything. I could totally imagine myself (and Cricket!) using all of these things. Thanks for the little burst of sunshine in this terrible weather!

January 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Emma @ HopefulHappiness - I love Nantucket Blue!! I also love, love, love putting together book-inspired inspiration boards. I need to get back to doing that more!

My favorite item has to be that scarf! I need it in my life asap!

January 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - While I’m in NO hurry to invite summer into my life, I must admit that if I had to live with your kind of winter, I’d probably feel the same as you do. 🙂 Anyway, I LOVE that scarf! Love it! And I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue and can’t wait for Nantucket Red. Great post, E!!

January 28, 2014 - 9:40 am

alice-jane - I feel warm just by looking at your picks! It’s so cold right now and there’s wind chill too, which does nothing to alleviate the problem. I’ve never read Nantucket Blue, but I love your picks! I have a weakness for blue, preppy things, I suppose, haha. I love this nautical necklace on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71530500/anchor-necklace-nautical-style-gold-and

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July in Nantucket Blue

There’s only one time I’ve spent Fourth of July somewhere other than home or at the park, watching the fireworks on a blanket. It was a few weeks after I got engaged, we were on a short vacation with my now husband’s parents, and we built a fire on the beach and watched the fireworks […]

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July 4, 2013 - 1:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July Romance | Fiction Folio - […] shared excerpts from Endless Summer and Second Chance Summer Estelle featured a scene from Nantucket Blue Magan shared a first date scene from Fifteenth […]

July 3, 2013 - 8:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Fourth of July First Date - […] Read Estelle’s Excerpt from Nantucket Blue […]

July 2, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Tara - Girl, you had me at stolen champagne 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Emma @ Hopeful Happiness - I completely agree with you about the fourth of July. I think it’s the fireworks that make it so romantic! I loved that scene in NB and I love when they make it to their destination. That little old lady had some oomph! haha

I’m beyond excited that there will be a second book! I for one have not had enough of Cricket’s adventures!

July 2, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved this scene! It’s really cute, and it’s the kind of Fourth of July I would like to have myself 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - BUTTERFLIES.
I love that scene. And this book. YAYYYY

July 2, 2013 - 11:22 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really liked this scene in NB 🙂 gosh I loved the setting for this story so, so much. She did a phenomenal job of placing you inside the story — I mean, I’ve never even been to Nantucket, yet I felt like I could picture it all so well.

Your 4th of July spent on the beach with a bonfire while fireworks went off in the distance sounds DIVINE. I think the 4th can be romantic, too 🙂 I mean HELLO! look at the books we chose, hehe.

July 2, 2013 - 11:08 am

Hazel - I still haven’t read Nantucket Blue but I really want to. I’m still debating whether to stick to an ebook or get an actual copy. Would the latter be worth it? 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 10:05 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, see this post makes this book sound really great PLUS I love the cover. I think I messed myself up because I read a couple of reviews of it early on in which the readers didn’t like the book for reasons I can’t even remember. But you mention beach read, forbidden romance – these things I LOVE. So doggone it, I want to read it now. Thanks, E!

July 2, 2013 - 9:14 am

Bookworm1858 - There’s going to be a second book? I don’t usually like sequels to contemporaries but if this will help mend the relationship between Cricket and Jude, I would be very happy!

Estelle’s Shelve It for 6/23/2013: Books, Pals + Events, Oh My!

Hola! Why oh why do these summer weekends go so fast? I’ve had a great couple of days celebrating a friend’s birthday, seeing Monsters University (so cute!) and hanging out with a few fancy bloggers at Books of Wonder this afternoon! I was so thrilled to finally meet Leila Howland, author Nantucket Blue, too! She […]

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June 27, 2013 - 10:16 am

Lauren D. - Estelle, thank you so much my dear! That was the sweetest little introduction and it just made my day to hear it. Such amazing communities are created here in the blog world and I am so thankful for them. I have connected with so many amazing people, like yourself, and I am blown away by the kindness and support that I receive from friends like you. I’m so glad you did email me and just happy I could help ease your mind during that stressful time of wedding planning. Thank you again for sharing my book. I hope you enjoy it and get inspired by its pages!

June 25, 2013 - 11:34 am

Jamie - Looks like you guys had a great time! So wish I could have come! Curious about Burning because I just got that in the mail and then saw Rachel’s review of it!

June 24, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, I’m going to be creepy, are you guys at Sala? I recognize the restaurant and I know it’s somewhere I’ve been many times, but if it’s not Sala I’m totally blanking.

June 24, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ahhh that event looks like so much fun! I saw all your tweets and got super jealous that you guys all get to hang out together haha 🙂 But very cool — I love seeing blogger friends together! It just shows you how amazing this community is and how it brings us all together 🙂
Okay. I need to read Dangerous Girls. I keep trying to read like 5 books at once. Maybe I should just start them all so I don’t forget hahaha. I’m so terrible at picking what to read next… Don’t let me forget about it though! 🙂

June 23, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Bookworm1858 - Haven’t been blown away by any books lately, alas but I also really enjoyed Monsters University. I wasn’t sure because reviews were mixed but I was absolutely charmed!

June 23, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I can’t wait to hear what you think of Burning! I really am curious about that book, particularly since a few people have talked it up to me.

Also – it was REALLY good to see you today. I’ve missed you! It helped me a lot through all the craziness that’s going on – and you know what that is. Love it and love YOU <3