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.
©2013 Beatriz Williams (P)2013 Penguin Audio
The story bounces between 1931 and 1938, and a lot has happened in those years. I found myself guessing and making conclusions all along the way. It was unexpected and intriguing.
I haven't read a lot of fiction based on life in the thirties. Literary requirements of college and high school, while great literature, aren't exactly uplifting. I didn't finish "The Grapes of Wrath" and long to read more about those exciting 1930's! Okay, so I shouldn't throw that title around with light Summer reading.
This story is about a group of privileged New Englanders, who with a couple of exceptions, experienced the financial crises of those times only in abstract way. They still summered in picturesque, elite New England seaside communities; mostly ignored prohibition, and attended elite Northeastern universities. The characters were realistic and well developed. Despite their privileged life, they still managed to screw this up royally, as people will. This was NOT the 1930's my stalwart Midwestern grandparents told me about. The writer's descriptions of the idyllic, and ridiculously idle life of summer in an affluent Rhode Island seaside community drew me in completely. The writer skillfully reminds us of the absence of modern day technology (an extremely wealthy man at the mercy of the timer on a payphone because he's out of change....a payphone? I forgot about those) or the heroine's references to an article she just read in Time about this stuff called 'adrenaline'. #1, Time was already around, providing continuity with today and #2 adrenaline was a new discovery, oh how far science has come.
I learned a lesson in selecting this title. I tend to be lazy when choosing my next listen. I have had a rule not to choose titles with less than a 4,0 reader rating. Since this book was new and had only one rating, I clicked on the author's name to see how other titles were rated and was reminded that Ms. Williams also wrote "Overseas", another of my favorites. In doing so, I was very surprised to see that book only carried a 3.something rating now. In looking at the reviews, I see many of the less charitable reviews related to the genre classification (science fiction as well as romance) and the comparison somewhere to "Outlander" (not at all a fair comparison) rather than the story itself.
So, from now on, if a book looks interesting, I'll take the time to see what the negatives are before I disregard it. What other interesting authors have I carelessly overlooked with my silly rule?
I highly recommend this book, this author and this narrator.
Not my style of book. Written for the reader who enjoys a romance with a lot of drama. Twists were predictable and characters didn't change as the plot moved forward.
Yes. This was a very engaging book, well written and terrifically narrated.
The Nightingale - these two books are ones that make you want to know the characters and you get caught up in the story all the way through.
Pleasing voice with good differentation between the characters. She makes the story come alive.
The hurricane and the main character floating off on a door.
Pure and simple this is a gripping love story that spans nearly a decade in the lives of Lily, Nick and Budgie. Lily has come to Seaview, Rhode Island where her socialite family has a summer home. She plans to relax and spend time getting over the difficult breakup with her fiancé, Nick. Budgie, Lily’s best friend suddenly appears with Nick and surprisingly they are married (gasp), which sends Lily into a heartbreak like she has never known before because she knows that she still loves him. The pain of the breakup and spending time with Nick and Budgie is almost more than she can bear. Alternating from 1931 to 1938 the author brings the two time periods together giving you a good picture of the astonishing story of these three people as they head into major hurricane that will change life for everyone.
I love period stories and this one is enthralling and hard to put down. I also like a good romance that is told with elegance and grace and pulls you into the story so far that you feel like you are right there on the beach with them. The 1938 major hurricane was very real and the worst one that the East Coast has ever seen. It looks as though the author researched this time period carefully. She cleverly used it as a metaphor for the volatile relationship of the three longtime friends while working it into a breathtaking and intense novel.
I immensely enjoyed the narrator, Kathleen Mcinnerney.
I got this book on a friend's recommendation and I am so glad I did. I could not stop thinking about this book and stayed up late multiple nights in a row to listen to it. Wonderful story, well written. I also love it when I read books that don't have completely obvious endings and this one fits into that category. I'm sad it is over but thrilled I found it. It is not your typical love story yet I was captivated. I highly recommend it to anyone.
It would make an excellent movie. Hint hint to anyone who can make it happen.
I was never disappointed. No, it only made me want to read the others!
Not at all! It's a cut above many others.
Wonderful new author with a remarkable way of bringing her characters to life!
less cliche, mundane drivel
this is a poor attempt at 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Rules of Civility' but falls eternally short. This was pure torture to get through. The predictable stupidity of the characters was just exasperating! Lily is a ditz. You saw 'evil mother' coming light years away. Just a NO GO!
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