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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Same ol story of the mean friend taking the man. I did enjoy parts of it but I wish the story flowed better.
The part towards the end of the book was very interesting.
Fantastic read. I could not put it down; all the while not wanting it to end. I loved all the characters and wanted to be on the beach watching all the happenings!Published 13 days ago by Tara Swisher Freeman
This could be a good summer read but the characters, their actions and motivations are not very believable at times.Published 17 days ago by Sharon R. Smith
This was a good story with excellent character development. I am getting used to the author's use of going back and forth in time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eyemom2
Oh my gosh, where do I start. This book was terribly unrealistic and annoying. The protagonists of the novel and basically whiny,spineless, doormat types, and it is hard to muster... Read morePublished 1 month ago by booksrgood
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