For our first Thursday give away of the new year, I am thrilled to announce that we have an advance copy of Beatriz Williams’s upcoming A Hundred Summers.
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.
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. There are very few books out there compelling enough to make you feel entirely zen about being stranded at O’Hare airport for twelve hours. The heroine manages to be genuinely nice without being a doormat and the 1930s New York tone is absolutely perfect.
So, for a copy of A Hundred Summers, here’s your question:
Where would be your ideal place to spend the summer?
The winner will be announced on Sunday.