Bonita woman’s beloved Hilderbrand books, claimed by Ian, replaced

Bonita woman’s beloved Hilderbrand books, claimed by Ian, replaced

Jayne Klinker arrived back to her Bonita Springs home after Hurricane Ian to find it still under water. As she waded through her house one of the first things she saw was her beloved, personally autographed book by Elin Hilderbrand.

“I’m so sad to lose all my books,” Klinker said. “That was the first thing I saw floating across the flooded floor.”

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She had retired in June after more than 30 years teaching business, accounting and reading at Estero High School.

“I had just bought a whole bunch of books to read in my retirement,” she explained. There were 35 of them just sitting on the floor and many more on the shelves.”

But her most treasured was “The Hotel Nantucket” autographed by Hilderbrand.

Last year Klinker and other members of her book club had gone to Barnes & Nobles in Naples for an author signing there.

Jayne Klinker found her beloved, autographed Elin Hilderbrand book floating in her Bonita Springs home.

“She (Hilderbrand) came in the spring, so our book club went to meet her and she told everybody on her website to wear yellow, so we all wore yellow, and got in line with everybody. We had never done anything like that, so it was fun,” Klinker described.

Heather Morse is a member of that book club. She had been a student of Klinkers, and then a colleague at Estero High.

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