#FuturisticFriday Review: The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

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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. Continue reading

Summer Reading.. Had me a Blast…. Summer Reading.. Happened so fast…

Summer reading- for kids in school this term may come with frowny faces and general dislike. However, for me, this term makes me want to click my heels 3 times, take care of the things that HAVE to get done, and settle down with a good book!

Question: Summer Reading- is it books to you about summer time events? Is it trashy-like novels that just seem extra good as you lay on the beach? Murder and mystery?

For me, there is no hard and fast rule as to what constitutes summer reading- I read beach-y cover books, cozies, mysteries, whatever I can get my hands on. Summer used to be marked by the new release of Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum book, but now they are being released in the fall/winter.

Currently reading Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand and absolutely loving the book thus far.

Last question: Do the books you read have seasons? Summer/Winter reading? Are there some books that can be enjoyed year-round? Would you read a Christmas/holiday themed book in the middle of the summer? Do tell!