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
I love well-written books in virtually every genre. Quirky characters delight me, and it breaks my heart when a good plot is badly done.
Beatriz Williams is a competent writer; she could use a really good editor or a good writer's group to cut out the unnecessary melodrama. This book has a decent plot (with some too stupid to live moments, unfortunately) but it is self-indulgent and has a lot of scenes and descriptions which are excessive to the story. I did like some of the characters, although there were an enormous number of secrets kept unnecessarily.
Yes, she can write well.
Incredibly over-acted, histrionic performance. She has a good voice and reads well and rarely mispronounces words. It isn't clear whether the way she read this book was her choice or due to a director/producer. The book is already melodramatic; it doesn't have to be read so very over the top dramatically, from the very first sentence. In a movie, this level of over-emoting would be obviously ridiculous; I find it amazing that narrators read books in this manner.
No, it's pretty shallow, I don't think it would be worth the time.
I listened to this book sped up, I couldn't have finished it otherwise. I enjoyed the first third of the book, but by the end I felt that I had wasted my time.
I enjoyed the novel, and the narration was very complementary rather than distracting.
The story isn't predictable, and I found myself interested in the characters' story.
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.
In addition to the characters, I enjoyed the geographic and period setting. I felt I could see the homes and the landscape.
She didn't dramatically overdo her efforts to differentiate the characters, but still did this effectively.
I liked the way the author moved back and forth between time periods.
Look forward to reading Beatrix Williams' other books.
love, drama, life and death. it is all in this well written book. I usually don't take the time to write feedback although this book deserved the effort.
thank you for the great book.
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.
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