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.
This is a fun summer read!
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.
(and there weren't many because I blasted thru it)
I was lucky enough to have the perfect setting to read this 'summer' book. I took it on vacation and sat down by the river behind our cabin--with a cocktail--and had the best time!
The setting in the book was on the coastal shore of Rhode Island (and Manhattan) so I thought it fitting I was on a rocky bank of a river in Oregon.
Kind of the same, right?
Okay, back to the book...
... this is the 2nd book I've read by Williams this summer (The First one was The Secret Life of Violet Grant), and I've enjoyed both of them.
Her writing--- her character banter is amazing. I love it.
She just has a way with witty repartee, with characters you will love.
One thing I always love in novels is when the authors have a small connection throughout all their books. Williams does that, and again, I just love it.
Get the book, get a drink, find a beach (or a lawn chair, or a comfy chair). Go read!