It Happens In The Hamptons: A Novel by Holly PetersonIt Happens In The Hamptons: A Novel by Holly Peterson

It Happens In The Hamptons: A Novel

byHolly Peterson

Paperback | May 9, 2017

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In the Hamptons, everyday people are as complicated and fascinating as millionaires...

When Katie Doyle moves across the country to the Hamptons, she is hoping to find summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with George, a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hardworking people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations. Though she’s looking forward to her move, Katie is wary about mingling in her boyfriend’s East Coast elite circles. She soon discovers Southampton isn’t all that it seems to be on the surface—and neither are the people who live there.

As George takes Katie on a whirlwind tour of country clubs, haute couture, and lavish events, Katie is amazed to witness sudden whims becoming dire needs, extramarital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchasing friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain determined façades while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders.

The more Katie becomes immersed, the more she learns the stories of both the upstairs and downstairs, the upper crust and middle of the road. The combustion between classes becomes explosive as the summer tears on. Betrayals, a sexual predator, and a missing person lost in murky waves drive the reader on a racing Learjet through impossible twists and turns before landing at the shocking conclusion. When Katie meets Luke, a marine biologist and teacher, he makes her realize what it is she really wants, as she understands the life she’s begun for herself is built on shifting Hamptons’ dunes.


Holly Peterson is an author who started out as a contributing editor for Newsweek, and an editor for Talk Magazine. She worked up to being an emmy award winning producer for ABC news, where she covered global politics for over a decade. Her book titles include The Idea of Him snd The Manny.
Title:It Happens In The Hamptons: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006239150X

ISBN - 13:9780062391506

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope! I am confused.... This was supposed to be a beachy fun read about Katie Doyle navigating her way through love with two different men and adjusting to her new life in the hamptons among the old and new money. What the real story is about is Luke (one of the main love interests) and his friends fighting a stuck up rich guy (who belongs to some crappy but exclusive country club) over trying to keep their surf camp open for the summer and find the mystery pervert who was messing around with a 16 year old camper. Katie was just a side note in this whole story. I wad really dissapointed with this book. What it claimed to be and what it was were two very different things. Predictable at times and very formulaic. I wanted to like it but just didn't. also the narrative kept switching from one person to another in every chapter which I found annoying and frustrating.
Date published: 2017-09-19

Editorial Reviews

“It Happens in the Hamptons is an undeniably satisfying summer beach read... I couldn’t put it down. Holly Peterson has done a remarkable job bringing to life both summer society and surfer society, two worlds she also straddles in real life.”