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A Hundred Summers

As the hurricane bears down on Rhode Island a storm of another kind is brewing in this novel that “blends history romance and social commentary intomuch than a summer guilty pleasure” Connecticut PostMemorial Day 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 soci. Well this is another book that I wanted to like and it just did not work for me It started off fine alternating chapters between the present 1938 and the past 1931 telling the story of Lily Dane and Nick Greenwald s ill fated love affair in 1931 and Lily s present day 1938 heartache when she learns that Nick and his wife Lily s former childhood best friend Budgie are summering in the same resort town as Lily As a fluff tastic beach read I suppose this novel is fine but there were some problems I had with the characters and plotKIKI Yikes Kiki is a tired clich a cute precocious six year old who desperately wants Lily and Nick to get back together Everyone thinks Kiki is Lily and Nick s secret love child from their affair in 1931 but of course she is not I knew from the point that Lily told someone that Kiki was her sister that she was in the delivery room with her mother when Kiki was born that Kiki was actually the product of an affair between Lily s mother and Nick s father a revelation that actually took Lily most of the novel to figure out Yep Kiki is the half sister to both Lily and Nick Just think about that a minute Even though Lily and Nick are not related by blood Kiki still insisted that her brother yes unbeknownst to Kiki but still and sister get married and live happily ever afterBudgie and Graham Of course Budgie and Graham both end up being jerks Of course they do Because of course Lily and Nick are good people and we cannot let them live their lives apart They are so meant to be together Budgie was never really a good friend for Lily but was it necessary to make Budgie so evil Was blackmailing the Greenwald family necessary Was the revelation about childhood abuse necessary especially when placed almost at the end of the book I think Budgie would have been a effective character without the blackmail and childhood abuse just make her simply jealous of Lily and Nick I also had a problem with the tidy explanation that all of a sudden Graham is revealed to be a huge philandering womanizer because the womanizing made it OK for Lily to dump him he s no longer a perfect guy that she does not love he is a jerk I almost wished that Graham had remained a good guy and that Lily just refused him I disliked all of the black and white characterizations of the four main characters Lily and Nick are good Budgie and Graham are bad I wish there had been gray The convenient demise of all of the bad guys Budgie Lily s mother and Graham Here comes a massive hurricane Watch out Budgie you may have survived your suicide attempt but we don t want Nick to go through a messy divorce Hurricane bonus Lily s mother gets her comeuppance for driving Nick and Lily apart I suppose at least Graham dies nobly in combat a few years later during the war but he s a jerk so who caresNick s piratical eyes Argh Every time Williams describes Nick she mentions his piratical eyes or his piratical look Every time I read piratical I almost laughed out loud and found myself wondering whatever happened to rakish Lily s failure to understand that the snubbing everyone gave Nick and Budgie in Seaview was because of their ill treatment of her and not Nick s Jewish ancestry Additionally Lily s obtuseness about many things in the book was annoying Kiki s real father the snubbing her mother s true colors Budgie s reason for marrying Nick etcThe Epilogue It was much too saccharine for me Of course once Lily and Nick are free to get married they take in Kiki and Lily s father and have two perfect boys and a perfect daughter And of course Nick is so very noble that he must not only serve in the war he insists on serving in a combat unit but of course he makes it through D Day unscathed Planet of the Bugs unbeknownst to Kiki but still and sister get married and live happily ever afterBudgie and Graham Of course Budgie and Graham both end Fishes of the Open Ocean up being jerks Of course they do Because of course Lily and Nick are good people and we cannot let them live their lives apart They are so meant to be together Budgie was never really a good friend for Lily but was it necessary to make Budgie so evil Was blackmailing the Greenwald family necessary Was the revelation about childhood abuse necessary especially when placed almost at the end of the book I think Budgie would have been a effective character without the blackmail and childhood abuse just make her simply jealous of Lily and Nick I also had a problem with the tidy explanation that all of a sudden Graham is revealed to be a huge philandering womanizer because the womanizing made it OK for Lily to dump him he s no longer a perfect guy that she does not love he is a jerk I almost wished that Graham had remained a good guy and that Lily just refused him I disliked all of the black and white characterizations of the four main characters Lily and Nick are good Budgie and Graham are bad I wish there had been gray The convenient demise of all of the bad guys Budgie Lily s mother and Graham Here comes a massive hurricane Watch out Budgie you may have survived your suicide attempt but we don t want Nick to go through a messy divorce Hurricane bonus Lily s mother gets her comeuppance for driving Nick and Lily apart I suppose at least Graham dies nobly in combat a few years later during the war but he s a jerk so who caresNick s piratical eyes Argh Every time Williams describes Nick she mentions his piratical eyes or his piratical look Every time I read piratical I almost laughed out loud and found myself wondering whatever happened to rakish Lily s failure to Out of Bounds (Boundaries, understand that the snubbing everyone gave Nick and Budgie in Seaview was because of their ill treatment of her and not Nick s Jewish ancestry Additionally Lily s obtuseness about many things in the book was annoying Kiki s real father the snubbing her mother s true colors Budgie s reason for marrying Nick etcThe Epilogue It was much too saccharine for me Of course once Lily and Nick are free to get married they take in Kiki and Lily s father and have two perfect boys and a perfect daughter And of course Nick is so very noble that he must not only serve in the war he insists on serving in a combat Grass, Sky, Song unit but of course he makes it through D Day Otter Chaos! 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READ ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Beatriz Williams

Ie’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 A PEOPLE STYLEWATCH MUST READ Includes a Reader's Guide  . I love books dated back in the 20 s 30 s 40 s etc and this one really made me feel like I was back in the 30 s Loved this from beginning to end Highly recommend Encounters with Rauschenberg uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever A PEOPLE STYLEWATCH MUST READ Includes a Reader's Guide  . I love books dated back in the 20 s 30 s 40 s etc and this one really made me feel like I was back in the 30 s Loved this from beginning to end Highly recommend

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Al scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her Here among the seaside community that has embraced her A Hundred PDFEPUB or 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 Budg. The cover of A Hundred Summers immediately reminded me of Tigers in Red Weather a book that both made me cringe and feverishly read to the end The descriptions sounded relatively similar too and so I was in no particular hurry to get started on this one After having it in my purse for a few days I finally picked it up on the subway ride home and was transfixed For the first time in a long time I was savouring the taste of the words on my tongue rather than racing to the finish line There s something about Beatriz Williams writing that makes you want to fold yourself into it and never come outLily Dane our narrator uncovers the sordid story of her past and present In 1931 she was still in college best friends with Budgie Byrne a heartbreakingly sexy socialite and engaged to Nick Greenwald a Jew Somewhere between 1932 and 1938 Nick and Budgie were married and Lily found herself trying to swim out of the throes of shock and depression Just as she thinks she s accepting of the turns her life has taken Nick and Budgie show up to summer with her in Seaview Rhode Island As the great hurricane of 1938 percolates in the distance Lily s entire foundation starts to unravel She comes closer to learning the truth behind the Greenwald s marriage as well as shameful family secrets that were meant to stay hiddenLily flips back and forth between 19311932 and the present 1938 I have never read a book so perfectly structured between the past and the present Moving between the two times was effortless and complimentary rather than jarring It s no exaggeration that the book seduced me The writing was a tease Every second that I spent in 1938 with Lily Nick Budgie and co I wanted to know about 1931 and vice versa My body tingled with anticipation each time a small piece of the story was unraveled like the buttons of a shirt slowly being undone to reveal a bit skin The scenery was scorching and bright with hints of salty air tingeing every pageWhile the heart of the story involves a love triangle and occasionally a uadrilateral Beatriz William s writing showcases the wrinkles in a time period that is not often written about She subtly ties together America s distrust for the Jews the financial crash the burgeoning of World War II and the plastic exterior of society s finest That last point was the only one that frustrated me about this book the characters themselves We clearly see the severe dysfunction within each person as everyone puts on an overly affected show but aside from a few brief moments of clarity that s all they ever remain I would have willingly immersed myself in 100 pages to learn about the men and women behind the darlings and my dears than to catch glimpses at key momentsWhen I finally finished the book it took awhile to pull myself back to present day I still felt the heat of the beach the grit of the sand and the tension of events that unfolded Maybe a part of me just didn t want to let go


10 thoughts on “A Hundred Summers

  1. says:

    Well this is another book that I wanted to like and it just did not work for me It started off fine alternating chapters between “the present” 1938 and “the past” 1931 telling the story of Lily Dane and Nick Greenwald’s ill fated love affair in 1931 and Lily’s present day 1938 heartache when she learns that Nick and his wife Lil

  2. says:

    Really loved this book It is admittedly a little sappy schmaltzy and a little contrived but it is also a fantastic beach read for those of us who love the 1930's It felt like my favorite old black and white movies and I would love to see this made into a movie Great read

  3. says:

    The I think about “A Hundred Summers” the snarkier I getSome uestionsWhat was the real attraction between Lily and Nick? Why ever

  4. says:

    I picked up Beatriz Williams' A Hundred Summers with a lot of expectations owing to all the things I read about it Maybe I should have not hee

  5. says:

    Buddy read with AlexaThis book has been on my shelf for years and I'm so thankful that I finally picked it up because it was such a pleasure While we were reading Alexa pointed out that it's basically Gossip Girl but set in the 1940's and I couldn't agree I loved the setting which was part Rhode Island beach town and pa

  6. says:

    The cover of A Hundred Summers immediately reminded me of Tigers in Red Weather a book that both made me cringe and feverishly read to the end The descriptions sounded relatively similar too and so I was in no particular hurry to get started on this one After having it in my purse for a few days I finally picked it up on the subway ride home and was transfixed For the first time in a long time I was savouring the taste of the words on my to

  7. says:

    45 starsAnother great historical fiction by Beatriz Williams Though set in some of the same time period as Along the Infinite Sea my first novel by her that I read a couple of weeks ago it covers a completely different place and a different occurrence in history This covered the great New England hurricane of 1938 set in the fictional oceanfront community of Seaview Rhode IslandSummer 1938 Lily Dane has just returned t

  8. says:

    I love books dated back in the 20’s 30’s 40’s etc and this one really made me feel like I was back in the 30’s Loved this from

  9. says:

    This was the first book I've read by Beatriz Williams and I thought it was pretty good She threw in some interesting twists and zingers here and there even though for the most part those twists didn't surprise me The 1930's and the characters were described well I do have to mention that it seemed that all the c

  10. says:

    Was OK to be fair this is not my type of book It started out in a very promising fashion but got increasingly over the top and melodramatic as it went on The men's dialogue is SUPER cheesy; this might have been a

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