Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)
From the moment Lily Dane first spots quarterback Nick Greenwald at a Darmouth football game, she’s smitten, and he’s equally so. That same weekend, Nick begins making regular trips to visit Lily at Smith College. When the couple makes plans to meet each other’s parents over winter break in New York City, Lily hopes against hope that her parents – or at least her kind father – will understand how she feels about Nick and look past the fact that his father is Jewish. It is 1932; the world is slowly inching towards World War II and young women from good families only marry Jewish young men if they have few other options left – that was the case with Nicholas’ own mother.
Six years later Lily Dane is spending her summer in Seaview, Rhode Island, with her mother and young sister, Kiki, in tow when her former best friend, Budgie, blows into town. Budgie is recently married—to Nick Greenwald. Bereft of any other adequate company, Lily finds herself drawn in once again by Budgie’s charm. Kiki’s quick bond with Nick does not help matters and the girl is soon spending many afternoons building sand castles and visiting with her new friend.
There was too much left unspoken between Lily and Nick all those years ago and Lily cannot help but wonder about what brought her former best friend and the love of her life together. And as the 1938 hurricane bears down on Seaview and threatens the very lives of its inhabitants, the long held secrets that drove Lily and Nick apart are also creating a storm of their own.
I’ve heard so much about A Hundred Summers when it came out in hardcover last summer, and was thrilled to finally have the chance to read it. I must say, I absolutely loved this book. Beatriz Williams expertly navigated between past and present before bringing all the pieces together in an excellent climax to the story. It was the perfect mix of romance, history, and family drama. Lily’s and Nick’s relationship was so touching and relatable; I kept hoping they would come together despite the obstacles that life threw their way. Their romance alone would have kept me glued to the pages and the added historical aspect was the perfect icing on an already great “cake”.
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