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.
My rating: 5 glittering stars
Beatriz Williams entered the list of my favorite authors when I read Overseas (you can check out my review here) Her writing enchants the reader and her characters come alive on the page. It’s very difficult to put the book down when it’s by Beatriz Williams.
A Hundred Summers is one of those stories you just can’t tear yourself away from. It’s a romance novel that’s different from others you might have read, in a good way. Sometimes I happen to come across some novels that are similar, and I wanted to find something different, something that could keep me interested from beginning to end. Well, a Hunded Summers is exactly the book I was looking for.
This is the story of Nick Greenwald and Lily Dane and it’s set in the 1930s. The chapters alternate between 1938, when the facts occur, and 1931, when Nick and Lily met. They had eyes only for each other and they seemed to have the perfect love affair, until something happened that drove them apart. They meet seven years later and their lives have changed considerably — Nick is married to Lily’s best friend, Budgie Byrne. Lily finds it very hard to see them together, especially because she thinks they’re experiencing the most perfect of marriages. But appareances can be deceiving and Lily discovers that nothing is as it seems — Budgie isn’t the friend that Lily thought she was, and Nick isn’t in love with Budgie. He’s only had eyes for Lily, since the very first moment they touched… So why did Nick and Budgie marry? Why did Nick and Lily’s relationship fell apart in the first place? And can they get back together?
As the terrible hurricane of 1938 approaches, incredible secrets are revealed, secrets that I never saw coming, and Nick and Lily find themselves thrown into a storm of passion, betrayed friendships and never ending love.
Nick Greenwald is a wonderful male character, a gentleman whose passion burns bright and a man that loves Lily with an overwhelming intensity. Yes, he’s another book boyfriend to add to your list… And Lily is a woman we all can relate to, and I admired her strength and compassion, even towards those that hurt her…
A Hundred Summers is a book you’ll want to go back to. It has a HEA that will give you goosebumps and I only wish there was a sequel, because Nick and Lily’s story conquered my heart.