A Hundred Summers by Beatriz WilliamsA Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

A Hundred Summers

byBeatriz Williams

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this New York Times bestselling beach read from the author of The Summer Wives and The Golden Hour.
 
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 fiancé—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...

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Beatriz Williams lives with her husband and children in Connecticut. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Along the Infinite Sea, Tiny Little Thing, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers, and Overseas. She also writes under the pseudonym Juliana Gray.
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Title:A Hundred SummersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.98 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425270033

ISBN - 13:9780425270035

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved This Book! 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, and moves along at a great pace. 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.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Surprise Summer Read I saw this title recommended on the indigo front page. It was an unexpected great read for me, in fact, I barely put it down. I see the author has written another book prior to this one, and I will add that to my list of books to read this summer. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great beach book! If you want a quick, satisfying historical fiction-romance-type read, this book does a great job of weaving different timelines together in a way that's easy to follow along. The main character is well-developed and likeable. Overall if I'm heading to the beach this summer, I'd read this again #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book has sparked my interest in era written books, specifically this era and the glamour of it. The book itself is wonderfully written and captivating, each chapter ended with me wanting to read more making it a quick read. I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read I totally did not want to put this book down, a great quick read.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Beach Read! This book was just what I needed to jolt me from my reading rut. Set just before the Second World War, this historical fiction gives the reader a window into American society in the 1930s. Falling in love with characters was easy, they were so well developed and intense, instantly immersing you into their lives within a few pages.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully written This book made me invest my feelings on the characters. Absolutely loved this. This was my second book from Beatrice and I have no regrets whatsoever. She is now one of my favorite authors. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fabulous beach read I began reading this book with low expectations, most summer reads are trite romances with overly simple language. What i got instead was a charming, engaging, page turner. Full of interesting characters, history, and a dash of mystery. The two time lines, which i often find typical seemed to really work here. It keeps you engaged, there is the addition of a couple of plot twists which were a pleasant surprise. All in all i really enjoyed this novel. i loved the time period, the stylish characters, the smoking and drinking, the kniving villainess, and innocence of finding ones true love. Great read, perfect for any summer vacation.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I just finished this book and loved it! I thought it was very clever how the author alternated chapters from the past to the present which kept me wondering what happened in the past that led to this current situation. The characters were well developed and there was a nice mix of history, mystery, and romance. Perfect for the beach or lake!
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Historical Romance "A Hundred Summers" by Beatriz Williams is a poignant love story set in an era when tradition ruled and any taste of scandal rocked society much to gossips delight. It begins in 1938 with Lily Dane and her family's return to the conservative and never- changing community of Seaview, Rhode Island. Lily, trapped by heartbreak in her past feels stuck in a rut and hopes to relax in the peace of the beautiful landscape with family, childhood friends, and five year old sister Kiki. When her ex- fianc? Nick Greenwald and his wife Budgie take up summer residence Lily's serenity is shattered, as old memories and buried feelings surge to the surface. When lonely and ostracized Budgie Greenwald ingratiates herself back into the favour of her former best friend, Lily finds herself remembering the past and longing for the love she lost. With clever dexterity Williams weaves the great New England hurricane of 1938, the stock market crash, bigotry against the Jews and the impetus of WWII into the fabric of a story that's engrossing from the first page to the last. With flashbacks to 1931 and the blossoming of love between Lily and Nick the stage is set for an emotional tidal wave that threatens to engulf them when they meet again seven years later. The plot twists and turns with lies, secrets and old debts they must confront and overcome before their love is lost forever. Subtly the narrative exposes the weaknesses of that era with its conservatism, prejudice and class consciousness that underlines much of the promiscuity, betrayal, blackmail and scandal. Yet for all the faults and flaws evidenced in the story there are resounding elements of unconditional friendship, redemption, forgiveness and love that shine through. Although the personality traits of the characters are well-developed and unforgettable, I found they weren't always realistic. At college it seemed as if Lily Dane walked in Budgie's shadow acceding to her selfish requests until she fell in love, and Nick became the center of her world. Again at Seaview, a placid and insecure Lily,haunted by her crushed dreams, readily accepts Budgie's friendship and is swallowed up once again in her sphere of influence,knowing it can only bring more heartbreak. Not once does Lily question Budgie's ulterior motives, or try to escape the uncomfortable situation, but rather ignores it, and continually forgives and forgets the pain her so called friend causes. Budgie (Helen) Bryne is a nasty self-centered snob. Ruled by her hunger for wealth and social status she's devious and will step on anyone to get what she wants. Graham Pendleton the tall, handsome Yankee relief pitcher is a charming womanizer, his desire to settle down overruled by the pleasures offered by his celebrity status. Graham's a conundrum. With all that life has to offer at his fingertips- money, success and women- he succumbs too easily to the whims of the seductive and promiscuous Budgie. Perhaps a few more details would have given a better understanding into the psyche and motivation of these two characters. Nick Greenwald a wealthy Jewish businessman is clever and kind, but also proud and intense. Strangled by a loveless marriage but aware he can have the woman he wants, he holds onto his strong sense of integrity and honour until he can make changes. I liked Kiki the energetic, sensible and observant five year old as well as the redoubtable, status-conscious Mrs. Hubert who continually shows a kind and caring heart. All these characters and more add to the passion, drama and power of this captivating plot. I thoroughly enjoyed "A Hundred Summers" and highly recommend it to those looking for a unique, historically based romance you can't put down
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Noble Nick I'm very close to giving this book 5/5 stars - it was really rather good - surprisingly so. This book was selected for my bookclub and I likely wouldn't have noticed it otherwise. The story sounds simple enough but it is a real diamond in the rough. The characters are wonderfully drawn. Lily is the perfect narrator and seems to feel things more deeply than most which provides the reader with touching insight. Kiki is a joy. Budgie is nails on a chalkboard. And Nick, noble Nick, is a prince charming for the ages. The story alternatingly unfolds in chapters moving back and forth between 1932 and 1938. This was a very pleasing way to uncover the events that changed our narrator's life. I did find myself not wanting to put it down and thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to epilogue. I am "over the moon" for the ending as well. A highly recommended summer read!
Date published: 2013-07-12

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Hundred Summers“Blends history, romance, and social commentary into a very potent novel that is much more than a summer guilty pleasure.”—Connecticut Post“Sparkles like the New England summer sun.”—New York Times bestselling author Karen White“It is what every beach book should aspire to be—smart and engrossing.”—New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand“[A] great summer read.”—People“Will keep the reader so engrossed, multiple applications of sunscreen will be required.”—USA Today“A wonderfully evocative atmosphere of hot and hazy days, shimmering parties, and lazy afternoons on the beach. Add in a little romance, a lost love, and a family mystery, and you’ve got the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the hot sand.”—Examiner.com“A candidate for this year’s big beach read.”—Kirkus Reviews“[A] fast-paced love story.”—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