A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

86%

27 Critic Reviews

An elegant if somewhat old-fashioned delayed-gratification seaside romance with a flavor of Daphne du Maurier.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this novel from the author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant.
 “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

Includes a Reader's Guide


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Beatriz Williams

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BEATRIZ WILLIAMS lives with her husband and children in Greenwich, Connecticut. Overseas is her first novel.
 
Published May 30, 2013 by Berkley. 369 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Hundred Summers
All: 27 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Feb 18 2013

An elegant if somewhat old-fashioned delayed-gratification seaside romance with a flavor of Daphne du Maurier.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Feb 18 2013

When the great New England hurricane of 1938 makes landfall near the end, it feels less like a natural disaster and more like a convenient way to get the most problematic characters out of the way so true love can prevail.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Jane Granville on Jul 15 2013

Is A Hundred Summers a DIK? Not quite, but it comes awfully close. It’s certainly a book I’ll be revisiting soon, and often. Beatriz Williams is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jun 13 2013

"A Hundred Summers" is a riveting story. Like "Overseas," it takes place in alternating time frames, but the time periods in this story are only seven years apart.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Rory O'Connor on Jun 01 2013

Every once in a while you stumble across the perfect summer beach read. For me, that book is 'A Hundred Summers' by Beatriz Williams. Williams crafts a wonderfully evocative atmosphere of hot and hazy days, shimmering parties, and lazy afternoons on the beach.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on Jun 01 2013

Her entire cast shines, but it’s her unsinkable, timeless couple who awes with their tenacity and integrity in the face of every unscrupulous act against them.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Jane Granville on Feb 12 2010

It’s certainly a book I’ll be revisiting soon, and often. Beatriz Williams is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Wisteria Leigh on Aug 01 2013

Beatriz Williams masterfully imbeds unpredictable twists and turns that will transfix readers until the waters of the hurricane subside.

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'Bout Books

Good
Reviewed by Mackenzie M. on Jun 27 2013

Head to the beach, get a cold drink, and listen to the waves crash in as you delve into a world of socialites, drama, and ultimately reconciliation.

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CTpost.com

Good
Reviewed by Joe Meyers on May 24 2013

“A Hundred Summers” blends history, romance and social commentary into a very potent novel that is much more than a summer guilty pleasure.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Michael Leonard on Sep 13 2013

This evocative book tunnels the reader back to a time of languid New England summer days in which the oppressive heat--and the weight of secrets--makes us want to wipe our brow and reach for the nearest whiskey tumbler.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P. on May 30 2013

he characters and their interactions are fascinating and there is certainly the potential to delve into their lives. There are also some interesting themes to explore including friendship, betrayal, prejudice, secrets, marriage, adultery, forgiveness, love, and redemption.

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jun 12 2013

If you want an absolutely perfect summer read, stop looking and pick up A Hundred Summers immediately.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenn on Jun 04 2013

If you are looking for a beautiful, rich novel to take you away this summer, this is the title for you. Highly, highly recommended.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Roni on Apr 24 2013

All characters might not be as believable as they could be, and some story lines are a bit predictable; however, readers will root for all the right people and appropriately despise others.

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Always With A Book

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Aug 08 2013

I wanted to read the book in one sitting to find out how everything comes together, but at the same time, I wanted to read it slowly and savor the story.

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Devourer of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Aug 01 2013

I really like the way that Williams structures A Hundred Summers, alternating between 1938 when the Greenwalds have invaded Lily’s quiet life in Seaview and 1931 when Lily, Budgie, and Nick were seniors in college and Lily and Nick fell in love.

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Chick Lit Central

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy on Jun 17 2013

I have confidence in saying that this is one masterpiece of a novel. If you're looking for an ultra engaging summer read, with romance, drama, a little mystery then look no further.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Christina on May 16 2013

Although the ending of A Hundred Summers seemed rather convenient, I still loved it despite its flaws.

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Maurice on Books

Excellent
Reviewed by lomaurice on Aug 28 2013

This compelling novel that takes place in the beachfront community of Seaview, is in Rhode Island. Most of the story is right here on the shimmery edge of the shore, full of high- society and shocking secrets.

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Reflections of a Book Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Jess on Jul 31 2013

A Hundred Summers is a very entertaining read that takes the old love triangle tale and gives it a fresh perspective.

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Literary Hoarders

Excellent
Reviewed by Literary Hoarders on Jun 02 2013

Loved it! It’s the perfect summer read! I can see this one being enjoyed on those hot steamy beaches this summer.

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Bookmagnet

Excellent
Reviewed by Jaime Boler on Jun 05 2013

Entertaining, intriguing, and well written, A Hundred Summers is this summer’s perfect beach or poolside accessory. You will fall in love with these characters and never forget them.

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Fourth Street Review

Good
Reviewed by Rory O'Connor on Jun 01 2013

While A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams is not quite the definition of beach reading listed above, it is close. However, it’s also solid contemporary fiction.

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Bookworm1858

Good
Reviewed by Reader1809 on Jul 27 2013

Kudos to the author for including two other books on the hurricane that one could read if interested. Also really liked how she added an epilogue dated 1944. I am the type of reader who wants to know what the characters are doing years later!

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BooksAreTheNewBlack

Excellent
Reviewed by Natalie Eramm on Aug 09 2013

All that said, this really was a page turner—a great beach read! The plot development went along very smoothly and didn’t spell everything out, which I appreciated. It’s a quick, engrossing read!

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Library of Clean Reads

Good
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani on Jul 05 2013

I have to say that Beatriz Williams has the talent for weaving alternating stories from the past to the present so that the reader is trying to figure it all out as the clues unfold the story before us.

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