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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.

©2013 Beatriz Williams (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Not My Style

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.

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  • Jennye
  • NEW HAVEN, CT, United States
  • 03-21-16

Great read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This was a very engaging book, well written and terrifically narrated.

What other book might you compare A Hundred Summers to and why?

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.

What about Kathleen McInerney’s performance did you like?

Pleasing voice with good differentation between the characters. She makes the story come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The hurricane and the main character floating off on a door.

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  • Judith
  • TONAWANDA, NY, United States
  • 01-09-16

Captivating Period Romance

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.

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Predictable

This book passed the time, but I wouldn't recommend it to a good friend. The storyline was a bit superficial and predictable.

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This book consumed me

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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Great story! Author has a clever gift of dialogue

What disappointed you about A Hundred Summers?

I was never disappointed. No, it only made me want to read the others!

Has A Hundred Summers turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all! It's a cut above many others.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen McInerney’s performances?

Yes, absolutely.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hundred Summers?

None.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful new author with a remarkable way of bringing her characters to life!

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  • Janie
  • United States
  • 08-03-15

Just OK.

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Story drags on too long for my taste. Could have probably done without 1/3 of the book. Not terrible, just ok.

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nauseating

What would have made A Hundred Summers better?

less cliche, mundane drivel

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

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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Light but not lame

An enjoyable listen. Slightly on the fluffy side but enough fibre to provide reasonable substance. Very good narration helps a lot.

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It's my favorite!!!

I love this book so much! I think I've listened to it about 5 times and I never get tired of it. The narration is amazing and I love all the drama and scandal within the plot.

Can't wait to listen to it again. :)