Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

A Hundred Summers
by Beatriz Williams

Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages: 357
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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 fianc√©, 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. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Historical fiction with mystery, intrigue and quite a few twists around a few corners!  There are two story lines going on, with 7 years in between and it was different and I loved it!  Reading the story of how these friends met and got to know each other while at the same time reading them reunite and confront things from the past was so unique.

The reader knows from the beginning that there is drama and just can't wait to get all the pieces to put the puzzle together.  Although there were a few characters that I didn't love, that didn't keep me from loving the book, it was nice to read characters that were despicable and still love the story.  

If you are a reader that shies away from historical fiction, this would be one I would suggest as a beginners into the genre.  The story felt authentic to the time and place and was just overall a great read.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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