The Summer Wives: A Novel by Beatriz WilliamsThe Summer Wives: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives: A Novel

byBeatriz Williams

Paperback | July 10, 2018

Pricing and Purchase Info

$21.04 online 
$23.99 list price save 12%
Earn 105 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams’s signature vintage touch. It’s at the top of my picks for the beach this summer.”

<_u53a_p>

—Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . .

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.

Beatriz Williams is a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia. She is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Along the Infinite Sea and A Certain Age.
Loading
Title:The Summer Wives: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:July 10, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062860909

ISBN - 13:9780062860903

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Summer Wives is a dud Over the years, Beatriz Williams has become an auto-buy author for me. Almost as soon as The Summer Wives was released, I ordered myself a copy and couldn't wait to dig into it. I should have just borrowed it from the library, unfortunately, because I didn't enjoy this book at all. The storyline and narrative was quite confusing at first and I found it difficult to keep track of who was who. Like most of Williams' books, this one jumps from timeline to timeline, going back and forth through the years. The plot was predictable and personally, I felt the twists were quite obvious ones. One thing I will point out here are the sex scenes - for some reason, I found these very cringe-inducing and a lot of that has to do with the way they were written. Generally, I'm not opposed to reading sex scenes, but these ones just seemed very juvenile and icky.
Date published: 2018-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich and Poor The setting for this book is a little known exclusive island off the coast of Long Island, and the story spans decades there. The author shows us both sides of the people that live here, the wealthy summer residents, and the immigrant Portuguese’s, mainly the businesses and help. Be ready for a bit of mystery, murder, and how the population here is related to one another. There are several bombshells dropped, some of which I saw coming, but others are complete surprises. I guess, when the final facts come to light they do make sense. You will be quickly page turning to find all the facts here, but when the last page is turned there is a feeling of loss and a want for more. I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher William Morrow, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2018-07-10

Editorial Reviews

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams will give you the full order. It takes place on an exclusive island off Long Island Sound. Think: cocktails, sailing, croquet. A woman who visits as a teen falls in love with a local...who is later accused of murdering her stepfather. Intrigue, served.”