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Was OK to be fair, this is not my type of book It started out in a very promising fashion but got increasingly over the top and melodramatic as it went on The men s dialogue is SUPER cheesy this might have been a record number of eye rolls for me Well, maybe not.I forgot about the one Nicholas Sparks book I read On the up side, some interesting 1930 s atmosphere and some memorable characters I especially liked flamboyant and flirtatious Aunt Julie and stoic Mrs Hubert Just a little too much soap opera for me. The I think about A Hundred Summers, the snarkier I get.Some questions What was the real attraction between Lily and Nick Why ever were Lily and Budgie best friends Could there be a gullible person than Lily Why did 5 year old Kiki speak like an adolescent Why was the character whose secrets caused untold heartache a total cipher Why did gossipy Aunt Julie keep her mouth shut when it really counted What was with all the smoking and drinking And Nick s piratical eyes Wasn t it interesting that the Hurricane of 38 destroyed property indiscriminately but was quite selective with people And did I really think the novel would redeem itself at the end I guess I m gullible too. [E-pub] ♎ A Hundred Summers ⚓ As The Hurricane Bears Down On Rhode Island, A Storm Of Another Kind Is Brewing In This Novel That Blends History, Romance, And Social Commentary Intomuch Than A Summer Guilty Pleasure Connecticut Post Memorial Day, Lily Dane Has Returned To Seaview, Rhode Island, Where Her Family Has Summered For Generations It S An Escape Not Only From New York S Social Scene But From A Heartbreak That Still Haunts Her Here, Among The Seaside Community That Has Embraced Her Since Childhood, She Finds Comfort In The Familiar Rituals Of Summer But This Summer Is Different Budgie And Nick Greenwald Lily S Former Best Friend And Former Fianc Have Arrived, Too, And Seaview S Elite Are Abuzz Under Budgie S Glamorous Influence, Lily Is Seduced Into A Complicated Web Of Renewed Friendship And Dangerous Longing As A Cataclysmic Hurricane Churns North Through The Atlantic, And Uneasy Secrets Slowly Reveal Themselves, Lily And Nick Must Confront An Emotional Storm That Will Change Their Worlds Forever A PEOPLE STYLEWATCH MUST READ Includes A Reader S Guide I picked up Beatriz Williams A Hundred Summers with a lot of expectations, owing to all the things I read about it Maybe I should have not heeded to the word going around after all.Seriously the first thought that came to me after I had finished the hideousness that is this book was what the hell are people raving about It was a task in itself not to be tempted to throw my kindle while I was reading this book The book oscillates between 1931 2 and 1938 told from the POV of Lily Dane the book protagonist, as she describes how she met Nick Greenwald in the summer of 1931 and their courtship which happened at the speed of lightning And now in 1938 as she travels to Seaview, Rhode Island with her family for their annual summer vacation, she once again comes face to face with Nick, who is now married to her best friend Budgie I love books that narrate things between two different time periods, usually have a mystery which stays under wraps until people discover what went wrong and why This was a major reason I even read this, and was so disappointed.About a quarter into this book I knew I was taking major chances even as a part of me realized this was not gonna end well But I wanted to give it a shot at redemption, thinking may be the mystery will salvage the book but alas none of that happened.So let me tell you about the book and the reasons it s such a huge disappointment.Lily and Nick first meet when Budgie takes her for a game her boyfriend Graham Pendleton team is playing and plain old stupid innocent little Lily is smitten And not the one to be left behind, Nick is taken with her too already Its another thing that both of these characters individually or as a couple can make a bunch of rocks seem interesting in comparison But somehow I guess they discover this early on, probably on setting their eyes on each other the first time itself And fall in LUW They become decidedly serious in a few months span and discuss meeting the parents, only hitch here is Lily is somewhat terrified of her mom opinions since Nick is a Jew and it is a big deal, since Jews are looked down upon and frowned at in her social circles She feels her dad will on the other hand welcome her BF with open arms Being a war veteran her dad has health issues since he was affected by some sort of exposure which I really can t remember at the moment and that is when shit hits fan.Lily mom never meets or even has a chance to meet Nick before he is asked by her dad to get the hell away from his home and his daughter.Not to be discouraged by the reaction, the couple decided to elope and almost get married too, after spending a night together when their plans go awry and Lily calls off things between them Lily thought kicking Nick ass would not make him go away, he would come back, but instead he mopes around, decides to go to Paris and run his Dad firm overseas branch.While in Paris Nick learns Lily has had a baby and due to his own stupidity and another misunderstanding starts whoring around to forget Lily They don t cross paths until the summer of 1938, when Nick returns happily married to Budgie or so it seems Lily acts all cool and is friends with Budgie once again and in the words of a character from the novel is actually a spineless fool who can neither confront her ex boyfriend or ex best friend all the while as she feels betrayed, hurt and acts like a total moron In fact just to prove a point to herself and being the idiot that she is, she walks right into Budgie scheme and gets engaged to Graham Budgie ex, whom she starts dating on BUDGIE INSISTENCE The main thing on which this novel depends are the two mysteries why did Nick marry Budgie and is Kiki actually Nick and Lily daughter The reason Nick agrees to marry Budgie is so stupid you cannot wrap your head around it, all you can think is he married her for this Did I read that right Did I may be misunderstood it For the better part of the novel you think Kiki, Lily baby sister is actually her illegitimate daughter, born of the one night stand, but that goes out of the window once you reach a certain point in this book and if you can catch it you know what the big secret is early on in the book and not wait till the end for the disclosure.My first and foremost grievance with this book is that it has a dumb heroine, honestly Lily is a doormat, people walk all over her and she lets them Besides smoking and drinking almost all the time At one point in the book she says she cannot help herself when people say they need her, she has to help them Being helpful and being a dolt are two different things Lily The couple separated owing to misunderstanding, a failure to communicate beside the real reason that makes Lily dad take up his guns against Nick He had nothing against Nick being a Jew I read a lot of stuff about Budgie being a bitch and all, and for the life of me all I could see was a poorly executed character who came across as just an opportunist to me I know that qualifies to certain people as being a bitch, but reading the book did not make me feel any anger in the remotest sense for the character Gillian Flynn Amy was someone who I could and would certainly call a bitch as the character is amazingly brilliant even in its wickedness and all over the place Williams Budgie doesn t hold a candle to her IMHO The Dialogues OMG the Dialogues are just so stupid sometimes Let me give you a few examples they are real gemsWill you believe it that the author, a woman herself, has compared breasts to apricots, not once but twice in the novel BREASTS APRICOTS and both these times the dialogues were from Lily Her small breasts boobed atop the surface of the water like new apricots Budgie spread out invitingly, among the scented pillows with her red lips and sleek depilated body and her breasts like new apricots.You are like milk and honey, Lily Do you know that You are comfort and joy You are the antidote to all evil reading that line this was my precise reaction especially the last part no wait the last part made me laugh so hard I almost fell on my assNot to mention that Nick repeated Lilybird got on my nerves.By the end of the book I couldn t give a damn about the big storm , who lived or died or if Nick Lily got their stupid happily ever after Seriously how did this even make it to a best sellers list Not recommended unless you want to induce a migraine.This review can also be found at One reader A thousand lives 4.5 stars Another great historical fiction by Beatriz Williams Though set in some of the same time period as Along the Infinite Sea my first novel by her that I read a couple of weeks ago it covers a completely different place and a different occurrence in history This covered the great New England hurricane of 1938, set in the fictional oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island.Summer 1938 Lily Dane has just returned to Seaview with her family expecting another placid summer season among familiar traditions and friendships when the Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview Budgie and Nick Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily s past her former best friend and her former fiance, now recently married This is the start of an emotional whirlwind, with gossip galore among the residents of Seaview The story goes between the past 1931 and the present, slowly unraveling the story of Lily and Nick s past together and what brought it to it s end, along with the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick s marriage This story wasn t action packed by any meansit s a story of friendship, betrayal, family secrets and the lengths people will go to cover their indiscretions and above all, enduring love It would make an ideal summer read I love how realistic Beatriz Williams makes her characters, her settings While reading this I felt as if I could hear the waves, smell the salt air Her writing is amazing She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The cover of A Hundred Summers immediately reminded me of Tigers in Red Weather, a book that both made me cringe and feverishly read to the end The descriptions sounded relatively similar too, and so I was in no particular hurry to get started on this one After having it in my purse for a few days, I finally picked it up on the subway ride home and was transfixed For the first time, in a long time, I was savouring the taste of the words on my tongue rather than racing to the finish line There s something about Beatriz Williams writing that makes you want to fold yourself into it and never come out.Lily Dane, our narrator, uncovers the sordid story of her past and present In 1931 she was still in college best friends with Budgie Byrne, a heartbreakingly sexy socialite, and engaged to Nick Greenwald, a Jew Somewhere between 1932 and 1938, Nick and Budgie were married and Lily found herself trying to swim out of the throes of shock and depression Just as she thinks she s accepting of the turns her life has taken, Nick and Budgie show up to summer with her in Seaview, Rhode Island As the great hurricane of 1938 percolates in the distance, Lily s entire foundation starts to unravel She comes closer to learning the truth behind the Greenwald s marriage as well as shameful family secrets that were meant to stay hidden.Lily flips back and forth between 1931 1932 and the present, 1938 I have never read a book so perfectly structured between the past and the present Moving between the two times was effortless and complimentary, rather than jarring It s no exaggeration that the book seduced me The writing was a tease Every second that I spent in 1938 with Lily, Nick, Budgie, and co., I wanted to know about 1931, and vice versa My body tingled with anticipation each time a small piece of the story was unraveled, like the buttons of a shirt slowly being undone to reveal a bit skin The scenery was scorching and bright, with hints of salty air tingeing every page.While the heart of the story involves a love triangle and occasionally a quadrilateral , Beatriz William s writing showcases the wrinkles in a time period that is not often written about She subtly ties together America s distrust for the Jews, the financial crash, the burgeoning of World War II, and the plastic exterior of society s finest That last point was the only one that frustrated me about this book the characters themselves We clearly see the severe dysfunction within each person as everyone puts on an overly affected show but, aside from a few brief moments of clarity, that s all they ever remain I would have willingly immersed myself in 100 pages to learn about the men and women behind the darlings and my dears than to catch glimpses at key moments.When I finally finished the book, it took awhile to pull myself back to present day I still felt the heat of the beach, the grit of the sand, and the tension of events that unfolded Maybe a part of me just didn t want to let go. I love books dated back in the 20 s, 30 s, 40 s etc and this one really made me feel like I was back in the 30 s Loved this from beginning to end Highly recommend This was the first book I ve read by Beatriz Williams and I thought it was pretty good She threw in some interesting twists and zingers here and there, even though for the most part those twists didn t surprise me The 1930 s and the characters were described well I do have to mention that it seemed that all the characters were either chain smokers or borderline alcoholics,or both, but then it was the time of Prohibition after all Picking up a drink or lighting another cigarette seemed to be an easy way to provide filler for gaps in the flow of the story, however Full of family secrets and what one will do to save face The narrator on the audio did an excellent job I m going with 3 stars. Really loved this book It is admittedly a little sappy, schmaltzy, and a little contrived, but it is also a fantastic beach read for those of us who love the 1930 s It felt like my favorite old black and white movies, and I would love to see this made into a movie Great read. Buddy read with AlexaThis book has been on my shelf for years and I m so thankful that I finally picked it up because it was such a pleasure While we were reading, Alexa pointed out that it s basically Gossip Girl but set in the 1940 s and I couldn t agree I loved the setting which was part Rhode Island beach town and part New York City I also enjoyed the dual timelines which I m learning seems to be a thing in historical fiction The story spans over a bunch of summers and recounts Lily s relationship with Nick and their fallout to the present time when he s married to Lily s best friend Budgie who is AWFUL by the way Budgie is the perfect example of the worst type of frenemy and I felt bad that Lily had to go through the heartbreak of learning it the hard way I found myself really invested in Nick and Lily s story, both past and present, and while I did have some hunches about the way the plot was going to go, I enjoyed it immensely.