A Hundred Summers

A Hundred Summers Memorial Day 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 familia

  • Title: A Hundred Summers
  • Author: Beatriz Williams
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 unwelcomeMemorial 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 fianc , 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 in the center of the community s social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily s friendship with an overpowering talent for seductiond 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.

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    1. Well, this is another book that I wanted to like and it just did not work for me. It started off fine, alternating chapters between “the present” (1938) and “the past” (1931), telling the story of Lily Dane and Nick Greenwald’s ill-fated love affair in 1931 and Lily’s present day (1938) heartache when she learns that Nick and his wife, Lily’s former childhood best friend Budgie, are summering in the same resort town as Lily. As a fluff-tastic beach read, I suppose this novel is fin [...]

    2. Really loved this book. It is admittedly a little sappy, schmaltzy, and a little contrived, but it is also a fantastic beach read for those of us who love the 1930's. It felt like my favorite old black and white movies, and I would love to see this made into a movie. Great read.

    3. I picked up Beatriz Williams' A Hundred Summers with a lot of expectations, owing to all the things I read about it. Maybe I should have not heeded to the word going around after all.Seriously the first thought that came to me after I had finished the hideousness that is this book was what the hell are people raving about? It was a task in itself not to be tempted to throw my kindle while I was reading this book. The book oscillates between 1931/2 and 1938 told from the POV of Lily Dane the book [...]

    4. The cover of A Hundred Summers immediately reminded me of Tigers in Red Weather, a book that both made me cringe and feverishly read to the end. The descriptions sounded relatively similar too, and so I was in no particular hurry to get started on this one. After having it in my purse for a few days, I finally picked it up on the subway ride home and was transfixed. For the first time, in a long time, I was savouring the taste of the words on my tongue rather than racing to the finish line. Ther [...]

    5. 4.5 stars!Another great historical fiction by Beatriz Williams. Though set in some of the same time period as Along the Infinite Sea ( my first novel by her that I read a couple of weeks ago ) it covers a completely different place and a different occurrence in history. This covered the great New England hurricane of 1938, set in the fictional oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island.Summer 1938 : Lily Dane has just returned to Seaview with her family expecting another placid summer season [...]

    6. This was the first book I've read by Beatriz Williams and I thought it was pretty good. She threw in some interesting twists and zingers here and there, even though for the most part those twists didn't surprise me. The 1930's and the characters were described well. I do have to mention that it seemed that all the characters were either chain smokers or borderline alcoholics,or both, but then it was the time of Prohibition after all. Picking up a drink or lighting another cigarette seemed to be [...]

    7. The more I think about “A Hundred Summers,” the snarkier I get.Some questions:What was the real attraction between Lily and Nick? Why ever were Lily and Budgie best friends? Could there be a more gullible person than Lily? Why did 5-year-old Kiki speak like an adolescent? Why was the character whose secrets caused untold heartache a total cipher? Why did gossipy Aunt Julie keep her mouth shut when it really counted? What was with all the smoking and drinking? And Nick’s “piratical” eye [...]

    8. I love books dated back in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s etc and this one really made me feel like I was back in the 30’s. Loved this from beginning to end. Highly recommend!!

    9. Was OK - to be fair, this is not my type of book. It started out in a very promising fashion but got increasingly over the top and melodramatic as it went on. The men's dialogue is SUPER cheesy; this might have been a record number of eye rolls for me. (Well, maybe not.I forgot about the one Nicholas Sparks book I read.)On the up side, some interesting 1930's atmosphere and some memorable characters. I especially liked flamboyant and flirtatious Aunt Julie and stoic Mrs. Hubert. Just a little to [...]

    10. A Hundred SummersByBeatriz WilliamsMy"in a nutshell" summaryAn oceanfront community, a scandal, secrets and the scorching summer sunOMGis has the ingredients for an amazing summer book!My thoughts after reading this bookIt 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 matter how beautifu [...]

    11. Pure and simple this is a gripping love story that spans nearly a decade in the lives of Lily, Nick and Budgie. Lily has come to Seaview, Rhode Island where her socialite family have a summer home. She plans to relax and spend time getting over the difficult breakup with her fiancé, Nick. Budgie, Lily’s best friend suddenly appears with Nick and surprisingly they are married (gasp), which sends Lily into a heartbreak like she has never known before because she knows that she still loves him. [...]

    12. Lots of people are calling this a good " beach " or " summer read" and I agree. Set in the 1930's on the Rhode Island coast, it is a romance with lots of twists and turns and a glimpse of high society at a time when everything seemed to be a scandal. I liked the main characters Nick, Lily , and even Budgie (who gets to be the one we're not supposed to like) . It was an interesting time period , and I kept thinking of my grandmother who was part of this generation when women's lives were so diffe [...]

    13. I've spent a lot of time lately going through Beatriz Williams books. Luckily did I have a lot of them available as audiobooks. Like this one. It's a pure joy listening to Williams books.In A Hundred Summers are we introduced to Lily Dane who has returned to the summerhouse at Seaview, Rhode Island. However, her peaceful summer is interrupted when Nick and Budgie Greenwald arrives. The couple has just married and they are there to restore Budgie's family's old house. Lily and Budgie used to best [...]

    14. I don't know about you, but I rarely have truly visceral reactions to books. I obviously love reading and get really excited about them sometimes, but I can't remember the last time that I was so thrown by a plot twist that I've reared back in my chair, shouted creative expletives, and slapped something. I got to a certain point in A Hundred Summers, though, and that's exactly what happened. I had to slap something. (view spoiler)[Graham gettin' it on with the teenage neighbor? (hide spoiler)]Wh [...]

    15. I really love Beatriz Williams' books. I was sucked into this one from the first page. Extremely well written. I read it all in one sitting. This is a perfect summer beach read. Too bad I'm too impatient to wait for our August vacation.

    16. 4.5 stars!!!I was enchanted by this book pretty much within the first page, and I wasn't expecting that! I loved the character of Lily, she's an identifiable personality. And Nick. Oh Nick. Loved them together. What a crazy ride of a love story. I loved the way it alternated chapters with time periods, giving you a little bit of the puzzle at a time. The slow reveal of the "true" story was great and I built up so much anticipation. Truly I just got emotionally involved in this story and couldn't [...]

    17. Terrible. Bad. Awful. Resist your urge to identify this book as your 2013 beach read and just walk away. Terrible, impatient character development. You can't even begin to figure out why the two, main female characters - Lily and Budgie - ever became friends, much less had a conversation. Contrived plot developments. I read "Tigers in Red Weather" last summer and was looking for something similar for August - this ain't it. I left this book on the shelf at a vacation house we rented - and felt b [...]

    18. This was entertaining, but a bit melodramatic. I liked the setting - 1930s New York and Rhode Island - and the love story was romantic and believable. It veered a bit into soap opera at times, though, so I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.

    19. The word cigarette(s) appears 131 times in this book. I've never seen so much drinking and smoking in all my life! Even pregnant women.Awesome book though. There were times that I absolutely could not put this book down. Highly recommended!!!

    20. Mindlessly enjoyable as I was reading it, but unbearably cheesy and melodramatic at points. And normally I wouldn't mind that if the story was juicy enough, but the insta-love and black and white characters (Lily and Nick are essentially perfect and Budgie and Graham are eeeevil - what happened to shades of grey?) took the annoyance factor up a notch.

    21. I read and enjoy romance novels from time to time. I look at them as junk food -- I wouldn't want a steady diet of them, but once in a while, it's nice to scarf one down. With this book, however, I was expecting more. I bought a copy after seeing it praised on several summer reading lists, noting that it took place in the years leading up to WWII (love historical fiction) and that the storyline seemed a cut above the typical chick lit. Unfortunately, I found myself underwhelmed by this cliched, [...]

    22. Just like Overseas, Beatrice's debut novel, A Hundred Summers was extremely difficult to put down right from the start. The story goes back and forth between 1931 and 1938, each chapter alternating between the two. In 1931 Lily and Budgie are best friends in college, where Lily meets and falls in-love with Nick. In the summer of 1938 Lily returns to her family's summer vacation home in Seaview, Rhode Island, with her sister Kiki, and Budgie comes with her husband Nicks, Lily's old boyfriend. Why [...]

    23. Decent enough for a beach read. More like a soap opera in a book. Most interesting bit of info was reference to the very real Great Hurricane of 1938, that came upon New England without warning. (No Doppler Radar back then.) The author takes the time to explain more about it after the story ends, and offers several books for further reading or research. Now that, I like. Thank you Ms. Williams, for an enjoyable book, doing your homework, and the extra credit for your readers. much appreciated.I [...]

    24. This was my first novel by this author and I found myself completely immersed into it. This was historical fiction based in the 1930's. This is an era that I love to read about, so it was easy to be pulled into this. The author did a great job at creating the setting, especially with the dialogue, but also with the mind set. The romance was a large part of this book, but it was more in a 'star crossed lovers' way. There were also some great twists woven in. So 4 stars.

    25. I loved the setting of the Rhode Island coast line. This was a quick, easy, somewhat predictable story but there were a couple of surprises. I like the time period which was 1931 to the early 1940's. Beach read/ chick lit. I enjoyed it enough that I want to read more by this author, something with more dept.

    26. A totally enjoyable read. I liked this much more than Beatriz Williams' Overseas novel. The settings, the descriptions and the characters all made for a book I just couldn't put down at times. Great summer read!

    27. Definitely a great summer read! I read it in a day, and actually got so lost in it, that other than the opening line, didn't even check into GR to update my progress! The storyline has some holes, but overall, is reminiscent of the times (1930s). We glimpse into the lives of the rich who have not only a home on the Upper East Side of Manhatten, but also on the coast for the summer. There's a main clubhouse (which I couldn't help but equate to the one in Dirty Dancing for some reason) and in it, [...]

    28. A very generous 2 stars. I wasn't sure if I could finish but I managed to cringe and eye-roll my way to the end. I thought it would be a winner - Kirkus reviews referred to it as being last year's big beach read and claimed that it had "a flavor of Daphne du Maurier." I waited for that flavor but it never appeared. I did enjoy the era (1930's), the setting (a Rhode Island oceanfront community) and the fact that the author managed to integrate the great New England hurricane of 1938 into a minute [...]

    29. *possible spoilers*I loved the era, the style of writing and the character development/relationships, even the characters I didn't like. The story was somewhat predictable and I felt it took a little to long to build the story but otherwise an enjoyable read. Along the way I was quite irritated with Lily's naivety and was frustrated that she put Nick on a pedestal. As a reader I could see things that she obviously overlooked. For example her moms infidelity and meddling with her relationship w/N [...]

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