A Hundred Summers

A Hundred Summers

Book - 2013
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"Novels as masterfully done as A Hundred Summers come along only about that often.  Beatriz Williams delivers an intricately woven tale of friendship, betrayal, old families, and closely guarded secrets.  It is what every beach book should aspire to be -- smart and engrossing."--Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day and the bestselling Summerland

"[A] fast-paced love story…the scorching sun illuminates a friend's betrayal and reignites a romance."  -- O, The Oprah Magazine

"Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge in a New England beach community. Add in a betrayal between friends, a marriage for money, and a Yankee pitcher, and it's a perfect storm." -- Good Housekeeping

One of summer's best beach reads, as named by People magazine, Vanity Fair , O: The Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping .


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.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2013
ISBN: 9780399162169
Branch Call Number: FIC WILLI B

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ChristineBuendel
Mar 26, 2017

The story line was banal and the ending was predictable. The writing was good enough to keep the reader entranced and turning the page. But overall, it is like a bad scene at a dinner party a guest wants to shake off and forget even while writing the thank you note for a gracious evening.

AL_KATI Nov 15, 2016

An absolutely fabulous historical fiction novel. I loved it so much I bought it. It has everything: destructive friendships, a sexy hero, and a tragedy just waiting to happen.

athompson10 Sep 15, 2016

Nice juicy beach read. It's well paced, has good plot twists and is not as florid as some of the author's other romance novels.

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Einer2
Jan 30, 2016

Good beach book

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marthabwaters
Feb 11, 2015

This was a really fun book and would make an excellent vacation read. It's about a bunch of New England socialites, and the heroine is Lily Dane who, while summering in Rhode Island in 1938, encounters her former best friend and former fiance, who are recently married. The chapters alternate between the events of that summer of 38, and the events of the fall of 1931, when Lily and Nick (the former fiance) first met. The events of both years are equally compelling, and this one is hard to put down. Family secrets, star-crossed lovers, and all with the glamour of 1930s style. Enjoyed every minute of this one, and would recommend it for anyone looking for a light, fun read.

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flicka94
Jan 29, 2015

Really liked this book - raced through it to see what would happen, a real page-turner. Did find myself getting annoyed with how naive the heroine was, and refusal to see anything beyond what was told / shown her. Like this writer though!

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claire1953
Sep 12, 2014

I enjoyed this book and it read quickly. Based on the great hurricane of Connecticut of 1938, the author made a great effort of depicting the life of the well-to-do before and after the great crash of 1929 as they spend their summers in their summer retreats by the sea. The two main characters, Nick and Lily, are quite endearing. A good love story.

booklady413 Jul 08, 2014

This book takes place in 1932 and 1938 alternating between these two years. The main protagonists are Budgie and Lily two close friends living on the upper east side of NY and summering in New England. A love triangle develops between them and a handsome young man named Nick Greenwald. It's a great beach read full of romance, intrigue and the famous hurricane of 1938 that destroyed a whole beach community in New England. I have already read the Secret Life of Violet Grant by the same author, Beatriz Williams, and I want to read her other book, Overseas in the near future. She is a very good writer.

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Oppa3
Jun 12, 2014

This is a book that doesn't tax the reader with either the storyline or the characters. It is the perfect vacation or beach read.

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iceangel3
Oct 31, 2013

Loved it...absolutely loved it. Not only did I learn about an new author, I found a new topic to research. This book was inspired from Super storm Sandy. It is however about the 1938 hurricane that devastated New England. In it is a love story with racism, distorted friendships, secrets, and lies. Once you think you figured it out Beatriz has more twists for you. Great book.

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