on July 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Mystery
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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 as a naive eighteen year old, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. Although a graduate of the exclusive Foxcroft Academy in Virginia, Miranda has always lived on the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.
But beneath the Island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans--the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses.Uneasy among Isobel's privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he's determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and has a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.
Now, in the summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same--determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naive teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice to the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.
The Summer Wives shows us the world of the social elite on Winthrope Island and give a us story that spans a couple of decades.
Miranda Mother married into money, and they were swept away to Winthrope Island, where those with a great amount of money either live or vacation for the summer. She feels out of place from the start. But not too long after moving there, she finds herself drawn to a young guy, a guy who most on the island looks down on. He is the son of the Lighthouse Keeper, he doesn’t come from money, only works on the island. It was kinda forbidden romance. After a tragic event, she leaves the island and her new family and doesn’t return for several years only to return to an island still filled with secrets.
I found Mianda to be a very likable character, she always tried to see the good in people, which wasn’t easy all the time. She seemed to be such a sweet woman, even with all the drama that is the island and the residents and vacationers. Now back after all these years, she wants some answers of what happened that tragic night all those years ago.
The alternating POV’s and alternating timelines were such a treat, and such a great way for the story to be told. It gives the insight into how things were when she first moved there and what is it still like after all the years she was gone. The drama aspect is of course is still there, but was fairly mild to what I expected it to be. I think it gave us the reader more time to get to know the characters a little more. The slow burning romance was a bonus. I don’t want to go into a while about the plot itself and that would probably give too much away, it is a little bit of a mystery that needs to be solved. And this turned out to be a pretty good little mystery too.
Over all this was such a delightful read, and perfect for the summer while lounging and enjoying the summer weather. The mystery to the antics of the social elite was done so well, and it felt like I was right there with Miranda on the Winthrope Island. It all kept me turning the pages.I think the fans of historical fiction with a little bit of mystery will enjoy this one!
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