A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Released May 30th, 2013
Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
After reading the synopsis I knew I
wanted to read this book even though I didn't know what to expect
since, Overseas, the first book by this author had been a
little disappointing to me. Well, the author has redeemed herself in
my eyes because I really liked this one! It was a perfect summer
read. I listening to the audio version and was hooked from the
beginning. More on the fantastic narration later.
The story opens in 1938, when New York
socialite Lily Dane returns with her mother and six year-old sister
Kiki to the familiar community of Seaview, Rhode Island. It's a place
Lily has been coming to since childhood and it was her refuge after
her heartbreak in 1931 with Nick Greenwald. But this summer, Nick
shows up with his new wife, Budgie, who had been Lily's best friend
since childhood. They are restoring Budgie's family's old house. The
Seaview community do not welcome Nick and Budgie because of what
happened in the past. A past that we slowly discover as the story
alternates between 1931, when Lily and Nick met and fell in love, to
the present 1938, as the true story of Nick and Budgie's marriage
I have to say that Beatriz Williams has
the talent for weaving alternating stories from the past to the
present so that the reader is trying to figure it all out as the
clues unfold the story before us. I love this technique because it
built suspense, mystery and questions in my mind even as I enjoyed
the plot and character developments. The love story between Lily and
Nick was beautiful. Both Lily and Nick have big hearts and there are
those that took advantage of that. Specifically Budgie and Graham.
Budgie was sensually charming and, oh so manipulative! I wanted to
strangle her throughout the story. Williams does know how to build interesting and unforgettable characters!
Kathleen McInerney's narration was
absolutely wonderful. She captured the intimacy, passion and
intensity of the story and of Lily Dane who tells the story in the
first person point-of-view. She skillfully brought to life Lily, in
essence becoming her. And her voice perfectly changed pitch and tone
for the manipulative Budgie, the cute little Kiki, the daring older
aunt and, of course, Nick. I have now added McInerney to my list of
I loved the setting of 1930s, the
oceanfront community, and the old-fashioned chivalry that Williams
assigns to the heroic male main characters in her novels. Romance lovers will
devour this one up, I'm sure.
Note: This book is rated P = Profanity and S = Sexual content. While William's last book was
riddled with f-words, this book only had a few. There are many
religious expletives however. There are explicit sex scenes in this
book, one of which I would have preferred had much less details.
Reviewed by Laura
Disclosure: Thanks to Penguin and Audiobook Jukebox for sending me this audiobook for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
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