One of my favorite books of 2013 is available in paperback tomorrow, April 1, 2014. If you haven’t read A Hundred Summers, now is the time to pick it up and enjoy.
“Beatriz Williams does it again! A Hundred Summers sparkles like the New England summer sun.
A brilliantly told tale of love lost and found, of friendship, and of family ties…
Definitely a book for my keeper shelf.”
—Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author of Sea Change
“Williams’ sweeping saga of betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption
trenchantly examines the often duplicitous nature of female friendships and family expectations”
Beatriz Williams burst onto the literary scene in 2012 with a debut novel so irresistible, it not only earned raves among trade reviewers and in the blogosphere, it snagged awards even before its pub date. Championing heroic values and the fateful power of love, Overseas made romantics out of cynics and went on to become an international bestseller.
On the heels of that captivating debut, Williams enchanted readers yet again with the hardcover release of A HUNDRED SUMMERS, an evocative Depression-era tale about love lost and found, and the devastating price of guarding secrets. Now, a year after its original release, A HUNDRED SUMMERS (Berkley Trade Paperback Reprint; April 1, 2014; 978-0425270035; $16) reappears once again in trade paperback, just in time for beach season.
As the summer of 1938 opens, New York socialite Lily Dane has arrived at her family’s idyllic cottage on the Rhode Island coast with her mother and six-year-old sister in tow. Seven years earlier, as a Smith College senior, Lily fell head-over-heels for Dartmouth quarterback Nick Greenwald in a whirlwind romance gone wrong. Now, after a difficult year, Lily is looking forward to a rejuvenating respite in the place that helped her heal after her broken engagement.
But her plan is upended when Budgie, her ex-best friend, and Lily’s former fiancé arrive in Seaview for the season. Newly married to Nick, Budgie intends to restore her family’s cottage and reclaim her spot in Seaview’s posh social scene. The pair’s arrival rekindles a wildfire of gossip and casts a pall over Lily’s beloved home-away-from-home. In this small class-conscious community, Lily is hard-pressed to avoid her faithless ex-friend. Budgie is nothing if not seductive and resourceful and she soon pulls kindhearted Lily back into her orbit, insinuating herself into Lily’s good graces.
As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick will confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.
Slipping gracefully back and forth between fictional Seaview and glimmering moneyed New York in the ‘30s, A HUNDRED SUMMERS brilliantly captures an endangered way of life and the twin devastations heaped upon a community that summer: the loss of innocence and the loss of a way of life.
About the author:
A Stanford University honors graduate with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London as a corporate and communications strategy consultant. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. She is the author of the international bestseller Overseas and also writes as Juliana Gray. Visit her online at www.beatrizwilliams.com.
I’m also thrilled to be offering a copy of A Hundred Summers to one lucky person. Just leave a comment and make sure you leave your email address. This giveaway open to US addresses only. Open until midnight April 4, 2014.