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A Hundred Summers de Beatriz Williams
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A Hundred Summers (2013 original; edició 2014)

de Beatriz Williams (Autor)

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Returning to an idyllic Rhode Island oceanfront community for the summer of 1938, New York socialite Lily Dane is devastated by the appearance of her newly married ex-fiance and her former best friend.
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Títol:A Hundred Summers
Autors:Beatriz Williams (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2014), Edition: First Paperback Edition, 432 pages
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A Hundred Summers de Beatriz Williams (2013)

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    El gran Gatsby de F. Scott Fitzgerald (FFortuna)
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    The Ashford Affair de Lauren Willig (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Extremely similar setup (although they do diverge somewhat in plot later on), and similar tone.
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I tried so hard to get into this book ( twice) but I just kept waiting for something, anything to "happen", some sort of action. At about page 107, I got bored and just gave up. A lot of the dialogue reads like a romance novel so if you are into that, you might enjoy it. I did not.
  sunshine608 | Feb 2, 2021 |
3 1/2 stars. ( )
  tiasreads | Dec 11, 2019 |
I've spent a lot of time lately going through Beatriz Williams books. Luckily did I have a lot of them available as audiobooks. Like this one. It's a pure joy listening to Williams books.

In A Hundred Summers are we introduced to Lily Dane who has returned to the summerhouse at Seaview, Rhode Island. However, her peaceful summer is interrupted when Nick and Budgie Greenwald arrives. The couple has just married and they are there to restore Budgie's family's old house. Lily and Budgie used to best friends, and Nick was Lily's boyfriend. So, this reunion is hard for Lily. Through the book, we get to know more about Lily's past through flashbacks as the summer progress and Lily try to get used to having Budgie and Nick back in her life.

As usual is the story Beatrix Williams has woven together fabulous. I spent some blissful hours listening to this book while working and I must say that if there is one thing Williams can do is take what seems to be a kind of straightforward story and throw in some twists. The writing is so good that I can easily picture the wonderful oceanfront community of Seaview. As for the story, I was captivated and I enjoyed that I did not always guess right what would happen next, especially towards the ending. What I truly enjoy is how human the characters in the book are, and that the title and the cover may make it seem like a light story, but there are serious events and people aren't always who they seem to be.

A Hundred Summers is a fabulous book and I recommend it warmly! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Let’s call this a solid 3.5... Spanning events in the early and late 1930s, A Hundred Summers tells the story of Lily and Nick, formerly beaus, now estranged after a mysterious breakup, 6 years of separation, and Nick’s marriage to Lily’s former best frenemy. When everyone gets reconnected in Seaview, Rhode Island during the summer of 1938, their lives are forever changed.

Nick is that sort of earnest smooth talker that doesn’t seem to exist in real life. Lily is the sort of bashful witty girl next door (in a well-off sort of way) that many girls see themselves as but never really are. Ultimately, she’s a smoking, drinking doormat and not much more. They’re very much like a Gilmore Girls type couple where Nick is somewhere in between Logan and Dean, but reimagined in the early 20th century and Lily is that do anything to please type who is pretty much devoid of personality. Her best friend Budgie (because of course that’s her name) is that spoiled rich girl that we all love to hate. Each archetypes in their own right, some more fleshed out and real than others.

If I didn’t have the backdrop of anti-Semitism, this book would’ve been very shallow. The first half still was very shallow for me, but I tore through the second half once I finally felt endeared towards Lily in a pitying kind of way. It helps that I was on a boat driving to Rhode Island with nothing else to do at the time.

It’s not my typical type of read but I decided to pick it up just to give Beatriz Williams a shot since everyone kept raving about her books. I’ll say that this is the most I’ve ever enjoyed a book of this kind. I’m not normally into books that one would describe as a beach read but I may be partially converted. The ending, not surprising and the post-hurricane aftermath, too saccharine as another review said, but I’ll just imagine in my head that Nick actually dies in the war because this story could use a dose of realism. If light and fluffy is what I’m in the mood for, then I’ll definitely revisit Beatriz Williams. ( )
  jesmlet | Apr 23, 2019 |
So I finally read this book after I got at least three glowing recommendations. If you ignore for a moment everything that seems illogical in the book, it has a good story, and it is also well written, but the feeling I got from it, is that the book was written to become a movie. Maybe it's just me, and unfortunately, although I tried, I couldn't relate to the feelings that the author tried to convey in the book. ( )
  Ramonremires | Jan 14, 2019 |
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