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A Hundred Summers [Kindle Edition]

Beatriz Williams
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As the 1938 hurricane bears down on Rhode Island, a storm of another kind is brewing in this novel that “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…



A PEOPLE STYLEWATCH MUST-READ



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Editorial Reviews

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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

Review

“Sparkles like the New England summer sun.”—Karen White

“It is what every beach book should aspire to be—smart and engrossing.”—Elin Hilderbrand

“[A] great summer read.”—People

“Will keep the reader so engrossed, multiple applications of sunscreen will be required.”—USA Today

“A wonderfully evocative atmosphere of hot and hazy days, shimmering parties, and lazy afternoons on the beach. Add in a little romance, a lost love, and a family mystery, and you’ve got the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the hot sand.”—Examiner.com

“A candidate for this year’s big beach read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] fast-paced love story.”—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

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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 93 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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29 of 32 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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35 of 44 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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected June 28, 2013
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I'm not a fan of romance fiction. I ordered this because after reading some reviews, I was expecting more historical content in this book. In fact the historical setting is more of a backdrop and while the antisemitism in this period of history does play into the plot, it is not confronted in any significant way beyond the lives of the characters. So I was disappointed in this aspect of the book. I was also expecting this book to have more traditional values. Instead, I found it to be a kind of high class soap opera. It is well-written and the love scenes are not as salacious as they could have been, thankfully, however this book was not for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and intriguing
Loved this book from the first chapter. The story progresses at a satisfying pace and leaves you wanting more at the end of each chapter. Beautifully written.
Published 13 hours ago by ndb1985
5.0 out of 5 stars Big hit
Finished reading it last night. I Wha entertained all week( I read afew pages every nigh. After my friend read it this week, I will donate it to our local library. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by joan p hammett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hundred Summers
A nice summer love story. A perfect book to read on a hot lazy summer day at the beach in New England.
Published 2 days ago by Hans W. Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars tough to keep straight
a little confusing, but always interesting! Hard to know the past from the other past, but interesting characters. It held my attention.
Published 3 days ago by J. Shute
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEEE
I LOVE EVERY PIECE OF THIS BOOK, I COULDNT WAIT TO FINISH, IT HAS GIVEN ME FAITH AGAIN TO BELIEVE IN MY LOST LOVE! Read more
Published 4 days ago by tiff
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of time and money
I found that I wished I had never spent the time reading this book or spent the money on purchasing it. It rambled and the characters became irritating. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hurricane that Revealed Betrayals Galore!
Lily Dane and Budgie Greenwald (formerly Byrne) are best friends when they are college students. Budgie has her eyes on Graham Pendleton and Lily falls instantly in love with Nick... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Viviane Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read!
absolutely wonderful. i read it in 1 day. i fell in love with the characters and miss them already. only wish there was more.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK!
A HUNDRED SUMMERS is just OK. It was an easy read, but if you're lookig for complex characters or a multi-layered story....this is not it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Domina
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
This book got my interest from page 1, and had enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me glued to the book until the end.
Published 8 days ago by duct tape101
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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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