Book Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

A Hundred Summers is the perfect propulsive summer read and belongs with you either on the beach or poolside.

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A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (Putnam Adult; 368 pages; $26.95).

a-hundred-summers2.jpgIf you prefer your summer reads served up with a side of a nostalgic New England coastal setting, old money, and old rivalries, then A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams should satisfy your literary cravings.  Williams’ second novel (her first was Overseas) is the perfect propulsive beach read.   Plot-driven, A Hundred Summers culminates in an explosive confrontation just as a powerful hurricane barrels down on an idyllic seafront community.  You will not be able to tear yourself away from these pages.

Williams skillfully alternates between present and past story arcs, creating and building suspense.  In 1938, the wealthy Lily Dane and her family summer at Seaview, Rhode Island, just as they have every summer for generations.  This season will not be as happy and restful as the others have been, though, as Budgie and Nick Greenwald have decided…

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