A Hundred Summers

  • by Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 fiancee, 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.

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This one is JUICY.

This book was an easy listen. It had juicy drama that unfolded throughout the book. I appreciated this somewhat soap opera, light beach read. I didn't read it on the beach though, but it was perfect for a long plane ride in which I was somewhat exhausted and didn't have the concentration for a more complicated book. The 1930's New England setting was a nice backdrop for this story. At a time when life appeared to be more conservative, many risque events were taking place. The book is about best friends and love interests and family and the skeletons in their closets. I found myself gasping out loud more than once at what was taking place. The narrator does a fine job with the female voices, but I thought she was pretty mediocre with the male voices. Also, I didn't "love" Nick, the main character, Lily's, love interest. He was too much of a goody-two-shoes and somewhat boring, although he did sound very good-looking. This book is what some might call "chick-lit" and will probably appeal more to women than to men. This genre isn't usually my thing, but I found myself wanting to listen when I wasn't listening to get to the bottom of the story. On a side note, they must have lit up at least 2000 cigarettes in this book. At a certain point, I felt that it was a little bit unnecessary and it started to bug me. All in all, I would recommend this to others, mainly women, and I think it would be a good book club read/discussion.
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- Amber

Star Crossed Lovers

This was a feel good listen for the beach with an enjoyable, somewhat predictable plot.  It's great to come across a really good, easy read for those wonderful mindless summer days.  Heads up for some five alarm, steamy love/lust scenes that may require headphones in mixed company. 

Somewhat tortured characters who's complex personalities are intertwined from 1931 to 1938. The time period is depicted beautifully and Seaview, RI almost becomes a character in itself. Heartsick lovers Nick and Lily are separated because of tragic events, secrets and guilt.  Time, revelation, confessions and true love may be just enough to bring them back into each others arms and lives. Or......, will they just be blown away?

Kathleen Mclnerney did an excellent job bringing all the different characters to life.  Her pace and timing definitely added to the story, especially the turbulent ending.  I am looking forward to listening to her narration of, "The Nine Lives of Christmas", in December.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio