A Hundred Summers

One of my favorite books of this year, Beatriz Williams’s A Hundred Summers, comes out today!

Here’s the official blurb:

Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak.

That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview.

Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily’s past: her former best friend and her former fiancé, now recently married—an event that set off a wildfire of gossip among the elite of Seaview, who have summered together for generations. Budgie’s arrival to restore her family’s old house puts her once more in the center of the community’s social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily’s friendship with an overpowering talent for seduction…and an alluring acquaintance from their college days, Yankees pitcher Graham Pendleton. But the ties that bind Lily to Nick are too strong and intricate to ignore, and the two are drawn back into long-buried dreams, despite their uneasy secrets and many emotional obligations.

Under the scorching summer sun, the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick’s marriage bubbles to the surface, and as a cataclysmic hurricane barrels unseen up the Atlantic and into New England, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional cyclone of their own, which will change their worlds forever.

For those of you who enjoyed The Ashford Affair, you’ll find certain similarities here– Lily and Addie are sisters under the skin, while Bea would find she’s met her match in Budgie from A Hundred Summers.

To learn more about the background of A Hundred Summers, including photos of the before and after of the hurricane of 1938, just visit Beatriz’s website, here.


  1. Christine on May 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I read an ARC and this book is SPECTACULAR! I can’t say enough good things about it. An absolute must-read this summer.

  2. Julie H on May 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I will definitely be reading this one.
    Also – isn’t that just a gorgeous cover?!

  3. Celia on May 31, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I really enjoyed Overseas by her, so I’m definitely putting this on the list to read! Thanks for the heads up.

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