(A Hundred Summers) [EBOOK/PDF] ï Beatriz Williams
Well this is another book that I wanted to like and it just did not work for me It started off fine alternating chapters between the present 1938 and the past
1931 telling the story of Lily Dane and Nick Greenwald s ill fated love affair in 1931 and Lily telling the story of Lily Dane and Nick Greenwald s ill fated love affair in 1931 and Lily present day 1938 heartache when she learns that Nick and his wife Lily s former childhood best friend Budgie are summering in the same resort town as Lily As a fluff tastic beach read I suppose this novel is fine but there were some problems I had with the characters and plotKIKI Yikes Kiki is a tired clich a cute precocious six year old who desperately wants Lily The I think about A Hundred Summers the snarkier I etSome uestionsWhat was the real attraction between Lily and Nick Why ever were Lily and Budgie best friends Could there be a Trudy gullible person than Lily Why did 5 year old Kiki speak like an adolescent Why was the character whose secrets caused untold heartache a total cipher Why didossipy Aunt Julie keep her mouth shut when it really counted What was with all the smoking and drinking And Nick s piratical eyes Wasn t it interesting that the Hurricane of 38 destroyed property indiscriminately but was uite selective with peopleAnd did I really think the novel would redeem itself at the end I uess I m ullible too Buddy read with AlexaThis book has been on my shelf for years and I m so thankful that I finally picked it up because it was such a pleasure While we were reading Alexa pointed out that it s basically Gossip Girl but set in the 1940 s and I couldn t agree I loved the setting which was part Rhode Island beach town and part New York City I also enjoyed the dual timelines which I m learning seems to be a thing in historical fiction The story spans over a bunch of summers and recounts Lily s relationship with Nick and their fallout to the present time when he s married to Lily s best friend Budgie who is AWFUL by the way Budgie is the perfect example of the worst type of frenemy and I felt bad that Lily had to The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss go through the heartbreak of learning it the hard way I found myself really invested in Nick and Lily s story both past and present and 45 starsAnotherreat historical fiction by Beatriz Williams Though set in some of the same time period as Along the Infinite Sea my first novel by her that I read a couple of weeks ago it covers a completely different place and a different occurrence in history This covered the reat New England hurricane of 1938 set in the fictional oceanfront community of Seaview Rhode IslandSummer 1938 Lily Dane has just returned to Seaview with her family expecting another placid summer season among familiar traditions and friendships when the Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview Budgie and Nick Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily s past her former Budgie and Nick Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily s past her former frien This was the first book I ve read by Beatriz Williams and I thought it was pretty ood She threw in some interesting twists and zingers here and there even though for the most part those twists didn t surprise me The 1930 s and the characters were described well I do have to mention that it seemed that all the characters were either chain smokers or borderline alcoholicsor both but then it was the time of Prohibition after all Picking up a drink or lighting another cigarette seemed to be an easy way to provide filler for aps in the flow of the story however Full of family secrets and what one will do to save face The narrator on the audio did an excellen. Memorial Day 1938 New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview Rhode Island expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak That is until the Greenwalds decide to take up residence in SeaviewNick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily’s past her former best friend and her former fiancé now re. ,
Beatriz Williams º 0 reviewFrom the novel is actually a spineless fool who can neither confront her ex boyfriend or ex best friend all the while as she feels betrayed hurt and acts like a total moron In fact just to prove a point to herself and being the idiot that she is she walks right into Budgie scheme and ets engaged to Graham Budgie ex whom she starts dating on BUDGIE INSISTENCE The main thing on which this novel depends are the two mysteries why did Nick marry Budgie and is Kiki actually Nick and Lily daughterThe reason Nick agrees to marry Budgie is so stupid you cannot wrap your head around it all you can think is he married her for this Did I read that right Did I may be misunderstood itFor the better part of the novel you think Kiki Lily baby sister is actually her illegitimate daughter born of the one night stand but that oes out of the window once you reach a certain point in this book and if you can catch it you know what the big secret is early on in the book and not wait till the end for the disclosureMy first and foremost rievance with this book Is That It Has A that it has a heroine honestly Lily is a doormat people walk all over her and she lets them Besides smoking and drinking almost all the time At one point in the book she says she cannot help herself when people say they need her she has to help them Being helpful and being a dolt are two different things Lily The couple separated owing to misunderstanding a failure to communicate beside the real reason that makes Lily dad take up his uns against Nick He had nothing against Nick being a Jew I read a lot of stuff about Budgie being a bitch and all and for the life of me all I could see was a poorly executed character who came across as just an opportunist
To Me I Know That Ualifies Tome I know that ualifies to people as being a bitch but reading the book did not make me feel any anger in the remotest sense for the character Gillian Flynn Amy was someone who I could and would certainly call a bitch as The cover of A Hundred Summers immediately reminded me of Tigers in Red Weather a book that both made me cringe and feverishly read to the end The descriptions sounded relatively similar too and so I was in no particular hurry to et started on this one After having it in my purse for a few days I finally picked it up on the subway ride home and was transfixed For the first time in a long time I was savouring the taste of the words on my tongue rather than racing to the finish line There s something about Beatriz Williams writing that makes you want to fold yourself into it and never come outLily Dane our narrator uncovers the sordid story of her past and present In 1931 she was still in college best friends with Budgie Byrne a heartbreakingly sexy socialite and engaged to Nick Greenwald a Jew Somewhere between 1932 and 1938 Nick and Budgie were marrie I love books dated back in the 20 s 30 s 40 s etc and this one really made me feel like I was back in the 30 s Loved this from beginning to end Highly recommend Was OK to be fair this is not my type of book It started out in a very promising fashion but Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor got increasingly over the top and melodramatic as it went on The men s dialogue is SUPER cheesy this might have been a record number of eye rolls for me Well maybe notI forgot about the one Nicholas Sparks book I readOn the up side some interesting 1930 s atmosphere and some memorable characters I especially liked flamboyant and flirtatious Aunt Julie and stoic Mrs Hubert Just a little too much soap opera for Ly to Nick are too strong and intricate to ignore and the two are drawn back into long buried dreams despite their uneasy secrets and many emotional obligations Under the scorching summer sun the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick’s marriage bubbles to the surface and as a cataclysmic hurricane barrels unseen up the Atlantic and into New England Lily and Nick must confront an emotional cyclone of their own which will change their worlds forever. T job I moing with 3 stars Really loved this book It is admittedly a little sappy schmaltzy and a little contrived but it is also a fantastic beach read for "those of us who love the 1930 s It felt like my favorite old black and "of us who love the 1930 s It felt like my favorite old black and movies and I would love to see this made into a movie Great read I picked up Beatriz Williams A Hundred Summers with a lot of expectations owing to all the things I read about it Maybe I should have not heeded to the word oing around after allSeriously the first thought that came to me after I had finished the hideousness that is this book was what the hell are people raving about It was a task was what the hell are people raving about It was a task itself not to be tempted to throw my kindle while I was reading this book The book oscillates between 19312 and 1938 told from the POV of Lily Dane the book protagonist as she describes how she met Nick Greenwald in the summer of 1931 and their courtship which happened at the speed of lightning And now in 1938 as she travels to Seaview Rhode Island with her family for their annual summer vacation she once again comes face to face with Nick who is now married to her best friend Budgie I love books that narrate things between two different time periods usually have a mystery which stays under wraps until people discover what went wrong and why This was a major reason I even read this and was so disappointedAbout a uarter into this book I knew I was taking major chances even as a part of me realized this was not onna end well But I wanted to 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, give it a shot at redemption thinking may be the mystery will salvage the book but alas none of that happenedSo let me tell you about the book and the reasons it s such a huge disappointmentLily and Nick first meet when Budgie takes her for aame her boyfriend Graham Pendleton team is playing and plain old stupid innocent little Lily is smitten And not the one to be left behind Nick is taken with her too already Its another thing that both of these characters individually or as a couple can make a bunch of rocks seem interesting in comparison But somehow I uess they discover this early on probably on setting their eyes on each other the first time itself And fall in LUW They become decidedly serious in a few months span and discuss meeting the parents only hitch here is Lily is somewhat terrified of her mom opinions since Nick is a Jew and it is a big deal since Jews are looked down upon and frowned at in her social circles She feels her dad will on the other hand welcome her BF with open arms Being a war veteran her dad has health issues since he was affected by some sort of exposure which I really can t remember at the moment and that is when shit hits fanLily mom never meets or even has a chance to meet Nick before he is asked by her dad to et the hell away from his home and his daughterNot to be discouraged by the reaction the couple decided to elope and almost Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines get married too after spending a night together when their planso awry and Lily calls off things between them Lily thought kicking Nick ass would not make him o away he would come back but instead he mopes around decides to o to Paris and run his Dad firm overseas branchWhile in Paris Nick learns Lily he mopes around decides to THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy go to Paris and run his Dad firm overseas branchWhile in Paris Nick learns Lily had a baby and due to his own stupidity and another misunderstanding starts whoring around to forget Lily They don t cross paths until the summer of 1938 when Nick returns happily married to Budgie or so it seems Lily acts all cool and is friends with Budgie once again and in the words of a character. Cently married an event that set off a wildfire ofossip among the elite of Seaview who have summered together for enerations Budgie’s arrival to restore her family’s old house puts her once in the center of the community’s social scene and she insinuates herself back into Lily's friendship with an overpowering talent for seductionand an alluring acuaintance from their college days Yankees pitcher Graham Pendleton But the ties that bind Li.