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Length: 369 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 world filled with elegance, charm, and bygone manners ... No-one does it better than Beatriz' Jane Green 'Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge... a perfect storm.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'A fantastic summer read' HELLO 'Delightful and rewarding from an author to watch' WE LOVE THIS BOOK 'Williams' historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read.' RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) '[A] fast-paced love story...the scorching sun illuminates a friend's betrayal and reignites a romance' O, The Oprah Magazine '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: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEBERQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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A Hundred Summers
By
Beatriz Williams

My"in a nutshell" summary...

An oceanfront community, a scandal, secrets and the scorching summer sun...OMG...this has the ingredients for an amazing summer book!

My thoughts after reading this book...

It certainly does not take long to totally fall in love with this book. I loved Lily from the start and was totally suspicious of Budgie immediately. A book is always fun when there is a sort of obnoxious bad girl who is overpowering the more quiet lovely girl...no matter how beautiful the bad girl is!

I love the way this book alternates between 1931 and 1938. I wanted to be a part of that beach community...doing beachy stuff in the day and having dinner at the club at night. Sigh!

I loved the mystery that began on the first few pages of this book! Quite wonderfully yummy! So...pretty much you have Budgie...supposed friend of Lily...but who eventually steals Lily's fiancé Nick...away from her. Thus we begin a myriad of family hush hush secrets.

Why did Nick marry Budgie? Is Lily's little sister really her little sister or is she her daughter? Why doesn't anyone talk about this stuff? Is everyone really against Nick because his father is Jewish?

What an era that must have been...people lost their fortunes, committed suicide, and kept secrets...all for what...

Everything sort of comes crashing down the summer that these people are back together at Seaview...Lily can't keep Kiki away from Nick...Budgie can't stop drinking and lying and there is even an old friend from college who is now a relief pitcher for the Yankees in the picture!

It literally takes a hurricane...well, almost...to knock some sense into everyone...
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