- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (July 10, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062660343
- ISBN-13: 978-0062660343
- ASIN: 0062660349
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 194 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams’s signature vintage touch. It’s at the top of my picks for the beach this summer.” (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple )
“Longtime Williams fans, readers of historical fiction and mysteries, and anyone seeking engaging plot twists will find satisfaction in these pages.” (Booklist )
“With just the right touch of bitters, Williams mixes a satisfyingly tempestuous—and eminently beachworthy—[follow-up] to her beloved Schuyler Sisters series.” (Kirkus (starred review))
“[A] satisfying simmer of a read.” (USA Today)
”Another hot book for summer from the prolific Williams... A romantic, multilayered tale.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Engrossing and gripping, you will finish this book in one sitting.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch )
“The Summer Wives is a compulsively readable story that will make you swear you can smell the salt air.” (Popsugar)
“This book is what the term “beach read” was made for.” (Buzzfeed)
“Romance, class issues, dark secrets, and murder—it’s all here in this deliciously rich novel.” (Bustle )
“Williams has crafted a kaleidoscope of a novel – a mystery, a romance, and an utterly beguiling examination of the cost of secrets . . . The Summer Wives is a startling portrait of the courage it requires to make your own second chances.” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the essential novel of the season—a ravishing postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an exclusive island off the New England coast
In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose estate on Winthrop overlooks its famous lighthouse, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.
Yet beneath the Island’s patrician facade, there are really two castes: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic laborers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the grand houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. But as the summer winds to its end, Joseph and Miranda are caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.
Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the once-powerful Fisher family is a shadow of its former self, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for murder eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naive teenager, and she begins an impassioned quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if that means laying bare every last one of the secrets that bind the families of Winthrop Island.
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This is the story of two very different women—Bianca and Miranda—told over the summer months of three years: 1930, 1951 and 1969. This may sound overly complex, but it is an ingenious and creative way to tell this page-turning story that is not only narratively compelling, but also emotionally searing. The action takes place on Winthrop Island, an exclusive summer enclave for the very wealthy in the Long Island Sound area. There is a natural conflict—usually quite trifling, but sometimes quite dangerous—between the monied families and the year-round islanders who serve them. The book has it all: love, romance, seduction, secrets galore, murder and lots of suspense.
Written like an intelligent and exciting soap opera, it will totally consume you. Yes, dinner will be late tonight!
This was no different. I love the setting, the time period, the characters, the mystery, etc. I did get a little confused at times on who was who. I went back and re-read parts. In the end it all becomes clear. A list of characters would be helpful to me...
I loved the intensity of the Coast Guard scene with Joseph.
I look forward to more books from Ms. Willams!! I pre-order them the moment I hear about them!