Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Book Club: A Hundred Summers

Book A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
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Book: A Hundred Summers
Author: Beatriz Williams
Memorial Day, 1938 Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.

But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancĂ©—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.

As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever…
 
What I Have To Say:
The reader bounces back and forth between 1932- when Lilly and Nick first met- and 1938- which is 'present day' for this book. The reader gets swept up in the glamour of the 1930's and the freedom and fun of life just before World War II. Lilly is a relateable and lovable character, and a great narrator for this story. All of the characters are well thought out and unique in their characteristics. The plot is also well done, weaving real-world events of the 1930's into this work of fiction. The plot moves along at a great pace, and there are a number of plot twists that keep the story interesting. The 1932 past chapters unfold events that lead us to the summer of 1938- so much happened! Despite that, the story is easy to follow and keeps you guessing.
 
Final Verdict:
Recommended! This was an engaging story, with well formed characters, and an interesting plot. Not your typical beach read- while there is a romance plot line, it's not overt and is a more original plot line. I loved this book and can't wait to read it again!

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