Review: A Hundred Summers by: Beatriz Williams

by - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Title: A Hundred Summers
Author: Beatriz Williams
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages: 357
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase


Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. 

That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview.

Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily’s past: her former best friend and her former fiancé, now recently married—an event that set off a wildfire of gossip among the elite of Seaview, who have summered together for generations. Budgie’s arrival to restore her family’s old house puts her once more in the center of the community’s social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily's friendship with an overpowering talent for seduction...and an alluring acquaintance from their college days, Yankees pitcher Graham Pendleton. But the ties that bind Lily to Nick are too strong and intricate to ignore, and the two are drawn back into long-buried dreams, despite their uneasy secrets and many emotional obligations. 

Under the scorching summer sun, the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick’s marriage bubbles to the surface, and as a cataclysmic hurricane barrels unseen up the Atlantic and into New England, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional cyclone of their own, which will change their worlds forever. 

My Thoughts:

This book goes back and forth between 1938 and 7 years prior.  In the prior years we meet Lily Dane who is in college and just met and fell in love with Nick Greenwald.  They are joined with Budgie Byrne and her boyfriend Graham Pendleton.  

In 1938 Lily is spending the summer with her family in Seaview Rhode Island.  There she spends her day tending her sister Kiki and her aunt Julie.  

The road this author takes you on is incredible it's really the story of a broken love with too many people interfering and with a friendship based on jealousy and deception.  The relationship between Budgie and Lily is damaged at best.  While Lily tries to act like the bigger person she misses a lot of what is really going on and why so many people are betraying her all over the place except the one person who really loved her.

Definitely a great story I enjoyed reading it and couldn't put it down at all! Can't wait to see what the author writes next!

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