Fiction Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Available now: A Hundred Summers

****4/5 stars

Hailed as the beach read of the summer, A Hundred Summers centers around Lily Dane, a reluctant New York Socialite who escapes to the seaside community of her childhood each summer. In the summer of 1938, the past follows her home and changes everything.

 

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a little suspense with your romance…
  • if you like the 1930s New York social scene thing…
  • and if you liked Rules of Civility, this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 4.5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

When I picked up this book, I found myself wondering: what constitutes a beach read anyhow? A romance with a more respectable cover? Does the cover have to feature a beach? But something about the characters and its 1930s setting reminded me of Rules of Civility, an experience I’ll always try to replicate, so I bought on the spot. At any rate, this one never made it to the beach, which is incidentally only a short walk away at the moment. It’s a quick and engaging read, a bit plot-driven over character development, but the pacing was excellent. The story pendulums between 1932 and 1938 by chapter, and the reader just has to keep going to find out what happened in both story lines. I found myself disappointed when the chapter in one storyline ended, only to remember I was dying to find out what happened in the other storyline as well.  I couldn’t put it down.  A great read!

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