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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Tailgate

ISBN-13: 9780316376167
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: 5/1/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook Short Story
My Rating: 4 Stars
A digital edition short story about young lovers at separate colleges, exploring the early years of the central relationship in Elin Hilderbrand's forthcoming novel, The Matchmaker.
Clendenin Hughes first kissed Dabney Kimball during a Nantucket snowstorm freshman year of high school. Ever since that moment - God, the rush, the chemistry! - Dabney has known that she and Clen are an unsplittable unit - essentially the same person in two different bodies.
Of course, with Dabney now at Harvard and Clen at Yale, those bodies are 140 miles apart. And traveling is a serious challenge for Dabney, for reasons she'd prefer not to discuss, reasons having to do with her mother (or lack thereof). But with the big Harvard-Yale game coming up, Dabney is determined to make the trek to New Haven to see Clen. She's even borrowed a sexy black outfit from a classmate down the hall.
But when she arrives at the tailgate to see sparks flying between Clen and Jocelyn, a girl with dark blue eyes and luscious black hair, Dabney fears the collapse of a bond she has never questioned before, a bond so important that she'll be lost without it. A stirring portrait of young love at a crossroads,
THE TAILGATE introduces two irresistible characters and invites us into a world we don't want to leave. To learn the fates of Dabney and Clen, read Elin Hilderbrand's forthcoming novel, The Matchmaker.

My Review

THE TAILGATE is a short e-book introduction to Elin Hilderbrand’s upcoming new book THE MATCHMAKER pub date: (6/24/2014). Having read all Elin’s book, looking forward to her newest release! A book of two young lovers at different colleges…140 miles apart— Dabney and Clen at a time when they were younger at Harvard and Yale. At the start of sophomore year, Clen announced that he would not set foot in Cambridge again unless Dabney came first to New Haven, CT. She continued to promise and always had excuses. She always went home to Nantucket. Dabney had been seeing a therapist since she was twelve years old. Now at Harvard, she felt such a trip to New Haven would not happen. However November presented a unique opportunity – THE Game. Every Monday afternoon, Dabney spoke for fifty minutes to her therapist, Dr. Donegal---to discuss her issue of agoraphobia. After eight years of therapy, she found she could not be fixed; however he helped her manage it. Nantucket was her oxygen. It was the only place she felt safe, healthy, whole. She will not drive, due to panic attacks, so always finding a way to ride with someone else. From Harvard to Yale--- she was so excited to finally be seeing Clen---planning a picnic for the tailgate party, and borrowing some sexy clothes. Prepared with her valium, her silver dollar in her jeans pocket and penny loafers ---off she goes with her roommate and her boyfriend. Trying to break out of her comfort zone with a beer and valium—a road trip! Can’t wait to learn the rest!






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