The Summer Wives

The Summer Wives

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 a...

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The Summer Wives Reviews

  • Kate Olson

    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for this free review copy!

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    Set on an exclusive island of elite wealth in Long Island Sound, THE SUMMER WIVES bounces between 1930, 1951 and 1969. Williams masterfully weaves these storylines and events together while always maintaining a taut tone of romance and suspense revolving around two very different families on the island - one year-round Portuguese family and one of the wealthy New England summer clans.

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    There is really something for most

    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for this free review copy!

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    Set on an exclusive island of elite wealth in Long Island Sound, THE SUMMER WIVES bounces between 1930, 1951 and 1969. Williams masterfully weaves these storylines and events together while always maintaining a taut tone of romance and suspense revolving around two very different families on the island - one year-round Portuguese family and one of the wealthy New England summer clans.

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    There is really something for most readers in this tale ~ forbidden love warring with dutiful marriage, a movie star, mystery, murder and a gorgeous Atlantic coastal setting. Definitely one of my very top picks for summer 2018!

  • ♥ Sandi ❣

    4.5 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and William Morrow for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publication July 10, 2018.

    Although I have heard that Beatriz Williams was a good author, I had never read her before. I do have a number of her books on my TBR list however. Now that I have read one of her books, all the rest of them need to be elevated to the top of my reading list. I found her character development to be superb. The story line was well thought out and flowed well, while bouncing bet

    4.5 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and William Morrow for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publication July 10, 2018.

    Although I have heard that Beatriz Williams was a good author, I had never read her before. I do have a number of her books on my TBR list however. Now that I have read one of her books, all the rest of them need to be elevated to the top of my reading list. I found her character development to be superb. The story line was well thought out and flowed well, while bouncing between the years of 1930, 1951 and 1969 and alternating between Miranda Schuyler Thomas and Bianca Medeiro.

    An Island of summer homes, where the rich and elite vacationed throughout each summer. Miranda was thrown into the mix when her mother married Hugh and Isobel's father. One of her first acquaintances on the Island was the son of the light house keeper, Joseph, one of the poorer working year-round residents. As the summer draws to a close Miranda is banished from the Island and Joseph is imprisoned for murder.

    Eighteen years later Miranda returns to the Island, still being dismissed by the social elite. Joseph has escaped from prison - is he back at the Island? Isobel, who had always laid claim to Joseph, is still as spoiled and remains in the inner circle of popularity. Miranda wants to reignite the love she had for Joseph and prove his innocence. It does not take long for the Island's secrets to begin to unravel.

  • Katie B

    Miranda Schuyler has arrived on Winthrop Island in the summer of 1951. Her mother is set to marry Hugh Fisher, and after the wedding she will be spending the summer in his home with her new stepsister, Isobel. Miranda soon realizes there are two types of people on the island, the wealthy who come to the island to stay in their vacation homes and dine at the country club, and the working class make ends meet by catering to the rich. As Isobel shows her around the island, Miranda is drawn to Josep

    Miranda Schuyler has arrived on Winthrop Island in the summer of 1951. Her mother is set to marry Hugh Fisher, and after the wedding she will be spending the summer in his home with her new stepsister, Isobel. Miranda soon realizes there are two types of people on the island, the wealthy who come to the island to stay in their vacation homes and dine at the country club, and the working class make ends meet by catering to the rich. As Isobel shows her around the island, Miranda is drawn to Joseph Vargas, who helps his father in the lobster boats and lives in the lighthouse across from the Fisher family home. Before summer's end, Miranda's path changes course and she leaves the island due to tragic circumstances. Decades later when she returns she realizes the island is still full of secrets as she attempts to seek justice.

    What I enjoyed about this book was due to the alternating timelines, you had an idea of what happened early on but needed the rest of the pieces to the puzzle to see the whole picture. I wouldn't say there were any truly shocking plot twists in this book but I still had a hard time putting the book down. I really enjoyed seeing the people of the island through the perspectives of Miranda and Bianca. The setting of Winthrop Island and how the rich and working class interacted were strong assets and made the book all the more enjoyable.

    My only disappointment with the book came with the ending. I didn't feel like it was the most satisfying ending. I don't know how to describe it other than when I finished the book I walked away with a "meh" type feeling whereas up until the last few chapters of the book, I had really enjoyed watching the story unfold. It certainly isn't a bad ending but for me it was the weakest part of the book.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Miranda has come back after eighteen years to the island where she has spent every summer since her mother married into the prestigious Fisher family. She hasn’t told anyone the reason why she has returned to Winthrop’s Island with bruises that no one mentions, but since she stays for a relatively long time, the reason can be assumed even though it might be the wrong guess.

    Miranda's return isn’t a welcome event even after all of this time, though, because of her testimony at the trial of the li

    Miranda has come back after eighteen years to the island where she has spent every summer since her mother married into the prestigious Fisher family. She hasn’t told anyone the reason why she has returned to Winthrop’s Island with bruises that no one mentions, but since she stays for a relatively long time, the reason can be assumed even though it might be the wrong guess.

    Miranda's return isn’t a welcome event even after all of this time, though, because of her testimony at the trial of the lighthouse keeper’s son back in 1951 when she was eighteen and in love with the accused.

    Miranda hadn’t grown up with the elite and wealthy. When her mother married Hugh Fisher after her father was killed in WWII, she is introduced to that life and also sees how the year-round residents who fish and work as domestics live.

    THE SUMMER WIVES goes back and forth from 1930 to 1951 and then to 1969. We learn about Miranda’s life, the lives of the Fisher and Monk families, the lives of other island residents, and how the lives of the domestic help are all connected by one specific incident during those years.

    I enjoyed the story from the 1950’s the best. It was the most interesting and the least confusing. The 1930’s didn’t make sense to me how it fit in, but as I kept reading, I found out that it kept a secret and held a BIG surprise.

    Ms. Williams has written another book that will hold your interest but has a bit of confusing story line with all the back and forth.

    THE SUMMER WIVES is a story of the typical antics and lives of privileged families. We learn that most of the Winthrop Island families may have had money, but most of them are not happy.

    THE SUMMER WIVES has a great setting, good story line, and has characters with problems and secrets both past and present.

    I enjoyed Ms. Williams’ latest even though it dragged a bit at times, but the ending had it all coming together and was very satisfying. 4/5

    I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)

    I really enjoyed this book! Told in alternating time periods between 2 women, only Beatriz Williams can pull this type of narrative off SO well. I loved the setting...a little island...and how she was able to evoke the details of the time and place so that I felt I was there, sipping one of MANY cocktails with the characters in the story. I thought she weaved a fantastic story and although I may have had a tiny issue with an event at the end, it wasn't enough to influence my enjoyment of the way

    I really enjoyed this book! Told in alternating time periods between 2 women, only Beatriz Williams can pull this type of narrative off SO well. I loved the setting...a little island...and how she was able to evoke the details of the time and place so that I felt I was there, sipping one of MANY cocktails with the characters in the story. I thought she weaved a fantastic story and although I may have had a tiny issue with an event at the end, it wasn't enough to influence my enjoyment of the way the story unfolded. I can finally say I've found a summer must read that I can highly recommend! Whew I was beginning to get worried.

  • Diane S ☔

    THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS......the genesis of many a tome. Here, it is a summer enclave on Long Island Sound, where the wealthy come to their summer mansions, their country club, their parties. The year round people make their living from shops, as servants and from the ocean. Miranda arrives at the age of seventeen, when her mother marries into one of these wealthy families, not used to the ways of the rich. She will fall in love and become entangled in something she little understands.

    Diffe

    THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS......the genesis of many a tome. Here, it is a summer enclave on Long Island Sound, where the wealthy come to their summer mansions, their country club, their parties. The year round people make their living from shops, as servants and from the ocean. Miranda arrives at the age of seventeen, when her mother marries into one of these wealthy families, not used to the ways of the rich. She will fall in love and become entangled in something she little understands.

    Different timelines, one from the past, one in the present, and one when Miranda returns to the island as an adult. Nicely written, but I am not the target reader for this book. As a light summer read it is entertaining, so it will make a good beach read. I am not a fan though, of soap opera type novels, and this one novel would make a great one. Nor am I am fan of dramatic, and the ending of this book contains plenty. So, in essence, a lighter change of pace read, and z great book to take to the beach or on vacation.

  • Meredith

    Three timelines which take place during the summer months over the course of 40 years divide the narrative. While there are multiple characters and storylines, the main focus is on film actress Miranda Thomas, the stepdaughter of infamous islander Hugh Fisher.

    The novel begins In 1969 when Miranda returns to her family’s crumbling estate on elite Winthrop Island. It’s been 18 years since Miranda fled the island to build a new life. Is it a coincidence that her first love, Joseph, has recently escaped from prison?

    Even though there is a lot going on with the many timelines and characters, I didn’t have a difficult time keeping up with the various events. The narrative is structured into an easy to read pattern that is continuously repeated throughout the novel: it begins in 1931, switches to 1951, and then transitions into 1969.

    I would have liked to have read more about the storyline that takes place in the 1930’s and I found the language of the 1950’s timeline was a bit contrived. I think that there was just too much that Williams was trying to weave in, and as a result, there were too many loose threads that didn’t come together. I also found the ending to be overly dramatic and rushed.

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    2.5 Stars

    Before I begin, let me say that this is not a book that normally falls into my wheelhouse when it comes to my “must reads.” So how did I end up with it? Well, there are several reasons. To begin with, where I live . . . .

    Also, along with my favorite time of year of bulky sweaters that hide my fat, comes my arch nemesis of basic bitches . . . .

    *shudder*

    So I figured I might as well read as many “summery” things as possible b

    Find all of my reviews at:

    2.5 Stars

    Before I begin, let me say that this is not a book that normally falls into my wheelhouse when it comes to my “must reads.” So how did I end up with it? Well, there are several reasons. To begin with, where I live . . . .

    Also, along with my favorite time of year of bulky sweaters that hide my fat, comes my arch nemesis of basic bitches . . . .

    *shudder*

    So I figured I might as well read as many “summery” things as possible before the spice of the pumpkin officially invades the universe (a week early, no less, FFS!). This one actually had the dang word in the title so bonus.

    Second, this book has been all over

    Instagram which has made my library checkouts pretty much the equivalent of . . . .

    And finally, despite the fact that the never-ending blurb there was no chance I was ever going to read probably laid out the entire story to me, in my mind I was convinced that I was getting ready to experience . . . .

    (And yes I realize I should have just re-read fucking

    I know, but whatever. I do what I want.)

    Upon starting, I was crossing my fingers for a bit of

    to be thrown in for good measure. I guess in the most generic way possible this was a teensie bit

    with a splash of

    . It just wasn’t very page-turny for me and even my husband remarked that he hoped my spending an entire weekend on one book did not result in a rage of the

    variety. But again, this isn’t my usual bag so take my mediocre rating with a grain of salt.

  • Helene Jeppesen

    I was pretty much bored throughout most of this book, and while it wasn’t bad enough for me to DNF it, I didn’t at any point feel compelled to pick it up.

    Miranda, a national movie star, returns back to an American island after many years of absence. This island is a closed community where everyone knows each other and their secrets, and Miranda is visibly nervous to go back and reveal herself.

    The closed and protective community of this island is what drives the plot forward, and I wasn’t buyin

    I was pretty much bored throughout most of this book, and while it wasn’t bad enough for me to DNF it, I didn’t at any point feel compelled to pick it up.

    Miranda, a national movie star, returns back to an American island after many years of absence. This island is a closed community where everyone knows each other and their secrets, and Miranda is visibly nervous to go back and reveal herself.

    The closed and protective community of this island is what drives the plot forward, and I wasn’t buying into it. Many of the characters’ decisions and behaviour were irrational, and combined with a pretty predictable family drama that I feel like I’ve read many times over, I felt a constant disconnect to both the characters and the plot. Beatriz Williams tries to interweave some Shakespeare into the plot which was a feasable try and maybe one of the only things that I liked.

    If you are new to family dramas and secrets unfolding over 400 pages, this book might be interesting. But if you’ve read your fair share of these, I’m pretty sure you’re going to be able to look through the plot of “The Summer Wives” and pretty much guess how things are going to unfold and how it’s all going to end.

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