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A Hundred Summers [Kindle Edition]

Beatriz Williams
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this novel from the author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant.
 “Blends history, romance, and social commentary into...much more than a summer guilty pleasure” (Connecticut Post)

Memorial Day, 1938

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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Dashing football hero Nick Greenwald is catapulted into the rarified milieu of Park Avenue penthouses and Ivy League campuses in the uncertain days of the Great Depression when he falls in love with Lily Dane. The meeker (though more polished), moral, and beautiful best friend of Zeldaesque flapper Budgie Byrne, Lily is immediately smitten with Nick’s determination and strength, an attraction the manipulative Budgie doesn’t encourage, though she doesn’t necessarily discourage it, either. After all, Nick is Jewish, and Budgie is confident that Lily’s socially conservative family will never condone the match. They don’t, and Budgie profits from the rift, marrying Nick on the rebound, while Lily nurses her broken heart. Seven years later, the Greenwalds turn up at Seaview, Rhode Island, the perennial summer enclave for the Danes, Byrnes, and other WASP stalwarts, and their renewed presence in Lily’s life unleashes a storm of unexpected consequences. Williams’ sweeping saga of betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption trenchantly examines the often duplicitous nature of female friendships and family expectations. --Carol Haggas

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'[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 'Williams' historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read.' RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) 'A candidate for this year's best beach read - the period story of a derailed love affair seen through a sequence of summers' Kirkus Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEBERQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hundred Summers: A Perfect Beach Read April 11, 2013
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In 1931 two socialite college girls, Lily Dane and Budgie Byrne, attend college football games to watch Budgie's boyfriend play. Lily meets Nicholsen Greenwald at a game, and the two are instantly struck by each other. Their courtship is marred by the fact that Nick is Jewish, and when Lily attempts to introduce him to her parents they are adamant that Lily end the relationship.

Things have always seemed a bit easier for Budgie whose boyfriend, Harrison, is eventually cast aside for a different boyfriend, a pattern that repeats itself often in Budgie's life.

Now 1938, Lily is summering at Seaview, the beach house her family has vacationed at for generations. Budgie will be arriving shortly at her family's beach house, and Lily is nervous for her arrival since the two haven't spoken in years. In addition, Budgie is now Budgie Greenwald, having married Nick, who had once been the love of Lily's life.

The chapters alternate setting between 1931 and 1938 and I raced through each chapter in order to discover what occurred between Lily and Nick that ended what appeared to be a perfect love affair. As I read secrets were revealed - enjoyable especially since I didn't foresee any of them in advance. I fell in love with Nick, a gentleman from the book's beginning and wanted both he and Lily to find happiness.

The cover of this book perfectly captures this time period, which in addition to the 1930s setting, also is marked by the Hurricane of 1938 that swept away entire beach communities like Seaview where Lily and Budgie had summer homes.

A Hundred Summers left me with a book hangover; every title I have picked up since hasn't held much appeal.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beach Read with a Hurricane Warning April 15, 2013
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Ever since I heard about the New England hurricane of 1938 I have been fascinated by it -- those of us who live along the East Coast today are thankful that the National Weather Service, the Hurricane Center, and the Weather Channel can keep us updated almost to the minute as to when a hurricane will strike. In 1938, folks were not so lucky. And into the literal hurricane comes Hurricane Budgie back into the life of our heroine Lily Dane, bringing with her Lily's former love, Nick Greenwald, now Budgie's husband.

The book alternates between 1931/2, when Budgie and Lily are great college friends, and Lily is in love with Nick, and 1938, when the September hurricane resolves many issues. There are secrets to be solved, and one of the biggest is why Nick left Lily, and how he ended up married to Budgie years later. We also need to resolve the issue of who is the mother of Kiki, five years old in May of 1938 -- is she Lily's sister or her daughter? Kiki is actually one of the weakest parts of this novel, as proof that the author, Beatriz Williams, cannot write realistic dialog for children. If you were not told that Kiki is not quite six years old in 1938, you would probably think she was an older teenager. At one point, Kiki says, speaking of herself: "Let the child have her fun," which is rather improbable dialog for a child not even in 1st grade. And it only gets worse later in the same chapter, when Kiki sees a man who is a stranger to her: "Well, hello. I haven't seen you around before." Anyone who is a parent or grandparent can recognize that most five year old children do not talk this way. And there is not really much to my mind that is terribly remarkable about Kiki that would make her sound that mature.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time August 24, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Sophomoric writing, grammatical errors all over the place and truly awful, florid prose. Felt like I was reading some turgid soap opera from the 40s! Author doesn't have an ear for dialogue (can't imagine anyone would speak like these characters, even in the 1930s) and the things that come out of the six year old Kiki's mouth sound like a 40 year old! Had hoped to like this, but I grew increasingly exasperated with the stupidity of the main character, Lily. Hard to believe that she hadn't figured out, over six years (!) what everyone was whispering about. What a dummy! Also, the character at the center of the main plot development is truly a non-player for the entire book...and even once her import to the plot is revealed (about 10 pages from the end), she again disappears into the background! Actually, the author pretty much telegraphed the big plot reveal very early on in the book..and the plot "device" of constantly skipping between 1931 & 1938 didn't help. Stunned that so many liked this.
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55 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Springer For The Elite (Contains Spoilers) July 18, 2013
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Even if you add in "historic" events, a well-to-do family, racism, - this story, if told today, is nothing more than a Jerry Springer show.
Budgie is the well to do girl, who guys adore, who seems to have it all, including the man her best friend (Lily) loves. There is a switching of partners. And Budgie ends up with Lily's "one true love" and Lily becomes engaged to Budgie's old flame.
There is nothing about Budgie in the whole (almost 400 pages)to make the reader her like her one bit. And then, suddenly (SPOILER) - we learn in the last few pages, in a few sentences, that Budgie was molested by her father. It's just kind of thrown in there. Oh, by the way, here's why I've been a mean girl all my life. Then she gets swept away a hurricane. Wow, how convenient. Now Lily can finally marry the man of her dreams! And, even though Nick was married to Budgie - (SPOILER)he only had sex ONCE with her and that was prior to their marriage. Uh huh. Ok.
I read this book by the pool, and more than once someone asked me what was wrong because I had a scowl on my face. "This book is so freaking ridiculous!" Was always my answer. As least I got a good tan.
This book is NOTHING like Gossip Girl. At least with GG, the "mean" characters were somewhat empathetic. The only character that came close to being likeable was Nick - but that's not to say I ever came to like him.
Flat. Dull. And explanations thrown in at the very end like someone suddenly remembering to add salt to a stew - and by then, it's far too late.
Hated This.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty far fetched and hard to believe
Pretty far fetched and hard to believe. Probably wouldn't have read it if I knew how the story would go
Published 2 days ago by Becky Nieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read gratitude story and wonderful ending will definitely read it again! Loved this author
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting reflection on life and love stories of its time
A very interesting reflection on life and love stories of its time. A cozy felling of remembrance of the summer days at the beach!
Published 8 days ago by Linda M. Bucciferro
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommended this book to everyone I know and so far ...
What a story, and so well written. I had this on my Kindle and had nothing else to read so I started it and literally could not put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars carol
It had an Interesting format . Took a while to get into it but then I couldn't put it down
Published 1 month ago by carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
It was entertaining and kept me guessing how this romance would turn out. I enjoyed the time period it took place in too. It gave a good insight for romance at that time.
Published 1 month ago by Marita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the book story line was great I could imagine the houses and the huge storm.
Published 1 month ago by Judy Manriquez
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy book to read
Very enjoyable romance novel with historical aspects that add a lot to the story.
Published 1 month ago by Anita E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Should be read first before Violet
Great book. Should be read first before Violet.....but I read them in reverse order and was OK. I love her writing. Very enjoyable. Love the characters.
Published 1 month ago by santaclara 1976
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great summer read!
Published 1 month ago by deirdre ward
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A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Visit her online at www.beatrizwilliams.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/beatrizwilliamsauthor, and on Twitter at @bcwilliamsbooks.

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