This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
The Summer Wives
Summary: New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—a spellbinding novel of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound . . .
In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound as a naive eighteen year old, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. Although a graduate of the exclusive Foxcroft Academy in Virginia, Miranda has always lived on the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.
But beneath the Island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans–the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph helps his father in the lobster boat, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and has a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.
Now, in the summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same–determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naive teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice to the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I have loved Beatriz’s books since I laid my eyes on the cover of A Hundred Summers. Her other books ( The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Tiny Little Thing, & Along The Infinite Sea) also captivated my interest.
When I saw the cover for The Summer Wives- I knew I was going to request it before I read the description- the cover is just that good!
What I liked:
Well.. the cover. Duh.
Miranda Schuyler. While I need to do some re-reading to see where she fits in with the Schuyler gang of gals- she’s got their strength, determination and charm.
How the story was broken down. The narrators of the book left crumbs and clues about how things had changed so much for the current people living in the house.
Bottom line: Secrets are def aplenty in The Summer Wives…… and the secrets are deliciously tempting….
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
**The Summer Wives is a July #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T.**
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T @ Traveling With T