[PDF FREE] (A Hundred Summers) Author Beatriz Williams


Uld hear the waves smell the salt air Her writing is amazing She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors Was OK to be fair this is not my type of book It started out in a very promising fashion but 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 The Algorithmic Beauty of Seaweeds Sponges and Corals liked flamboyant and flirtatious Aunt Julie and stoic Mrs Hubert Just aittle too much soap opera for me The I think about A Hundred Summers the snarkier I getSome uestionsWhat was the real attraction between Lily and Nick Why ever were Lily and Budgie best friends Could there be a gullible person than Lily Why did 5 year old Kiki speak ike an adolescent Why was the character whose secrets caused untold heartache a total cipher Why did gossipy Aunt Julie keep her mouth shut when it really did gossipy Aunt Julie keep her mouth shut when it really 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 guess I m gullible too 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 get 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 ong time I was savouring the taste of the words on my tongue rather than racing to the finish Manipulation and Dark Psychology 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 married and Lily found herself trying to swim out of the throes of shock and depression Just as she thinks she s accepting of the turns herife has taken Nick and Budgie show up to summer with her in Seaview Rhode Island As the great hurricane of 1938 percolates in the distance Lily s entire foundation starts to unravel She comes closer to earning the truth behind the Greenwald s marriage as well as shameful family secrets that were meant to stay hiddenLily flips Back And Forth Between and forth between and the present 1938 I have never read a book so perfectly structured between the past and the present Moving between the two times was effortless and complimentary rather than jarring It s no exaggeration that the book seduced me The writing was a tease Every second that I spent in 1938 with Lily Nick Budgie and co I wanted to know about 1931 and vice versa My body tingled with anticipation each time a small piece of the story was unraveled ike the buttons of a shirt slowly being undone to reveal a bit skin The scenery was scorching and bright with hints of salty air tingeing every pageWhile the heart of the story involves a The Western Scar: The Theme of the Been-To in West African Fiction love triangle and occasionally a uadrilateral Beatriz William s writing showcases the wrinkles in a time period that is not often written about She subtly ties together America s distrust for the Jews the financial crash the burgeoning of World War II and the plastic exterior of society s finest Thatast point was the only one that frustrated me about this book the characters themselves We clearly see the severe dysfunction within each person as everyone puts on an overly affected show but aside from a few brief moments of clarity that s all they ever remain I would have willingly immersed myself in 100 pages to Understanding Shutter Speed learn about the men and women behind the darlings and my dears than to catch glimpses at key momentsWhen I finally finished the book it took awhile to pull myself back to present day I still felt the heat of the beach the grit of the sand and the tension of events that unfolded Maybe a part of me just didn t want toet go This was the first book I ve read by Beatriz Williams and I thought it was pretty good 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 The Mother I Carry: A Memoir of Healing from Emotional Abuse lighting another cigarette seemed to be an easy way to provide filler for gaps 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 excellent job I m going with 3 stars. Ly to Nick are too strong and intricate to ignore and the two are drawn back intoong 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. .



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A Hundred Summers

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Really oved this book It is admittedly a ittle sappy schmaltzy and a ittle contrived but it is also a fantastic beach read for those of us who Agricultural Engineering love the 1930 s It feltike my favorite old black and white movies and I would Distant Echoes Finding Keys To Life After Abuse love to see this made into a movie Great read 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 Ioved the setting which was part Rhode Island beach town and part New York City I also enjoyed the dual timelines which I m How Debuggers Work Algorithms Data Structures and Architecture 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 go through the heartbreak ofearning it the hard way I found myself really invested in Nick and Lily s story both past and present and while I did have some hunches about the way the plot was going to go I enjoyed it immensely I An Alien Heat love books dated back in the 20 s 30 s 40 s etc and this one really made me feelike I was back in the 30 s Loved this from beginning to end Highly recommend Well this is another book that I wanted to ike 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 ove affair in 1931 and Lily s present day 1938 heartache when she Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance 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 and Nick to get back together Everyone thinks Kiki is Lily and Nick s secretove child from their affair in 1931 but of course she is not I knew from the point that Lily told someone that Kiki was her sister that she was in the delivery room with her mother when Kiki was born that Kiki was actually the product of an affair between Lily s mother and Nick s father a revelation that actually took Lily most of the novel to figure out Yep Kiki is the half sister to both Lily and Nick Just think about that a minute Even though Lily and Nick are not related by blood Kiki still insisted that her brother yes unbeknownst to Kiki but still and sister get married and Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings live happily ever afterBudgie and Graham Of course Budgie and Graham both end up being jerks Of course they do Because of course Lily and Nick are good people and we cannotet them Mapping wild gardens: The symbolic conquest of South Africa (African literatures in English) live theirives apart They are so meant to be together Budgie was never really a good friend for Lily but was it necessary to make Budgie so evil Was blackmailing the Greenwald family necessary Was the revelation about childhood abuse necessary especially when placed almost at the end of the book I think Budgie would have been a effective character without the blackmail and childhood abuse just make her simply jealous of Lily and Nick I also had a problem with the tidy explanation that all of a sudden Graham is revealed to be a huge philandering womanizer because the womanizing made it OK for Lily to dump him he s no Gramatica de baza a limbii romane longer a perfect guy that she does notove he is a jerk I almost wished that Graham had remained a good guy and that Lily just refused him I disliked all of the black and white characterizations of the four main characters Lily
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Nick are good and Graham are bad I wish there had been gray The convenient demise of all of the bad guys Budgie Lily s mother and Graham Here comes a massive hurricane Watch out Budgie you may have survived your suicide attempt but we don t want Nick to go through a messy divorce Hurricane bonus Lily s mother gets her comeuppance for driving Nick and Lily apart I suppose at Suggestive Inuiry into the Hermetic Mystery with a Dissertation on the More Celebrated of the Alchemical Philosophers Being an Attempt Towards the Recovery of the Ancient Experiment of Nature least Graham dies nobly in combat a few yearsater during the war but he s a jerk so who caresNick s piratical eyes Argh Every time Williams describes Nick she mentions his piratical eyes or his piratical College University Budgeting: College And University Budgeting look Every time I read piratical I almostaughed out oud and found myself wondering whatever happened to rakish Lily s failure to understand that the snubbing everyone gave Nick and Budgie in Seaview was because of their ill treatment of her and not Nick s Jewish ancestry Additionally Lily s obtuseness about many things in the book was annoying Kiki s real father the snubbing her mother s true colors Budgie s reason For Marrying Nick EtcThe Epilogue It Was Much Too Saccharine marrying Nick etcThe Epilogue It was much too saccharine me Of course once Lily and Nick are free to get married they take in Kiki and Lily s father and have two perfect boys and a perfect daughter. 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. ,
And of course Nick is so very noble that he must not only serve in the war he insists on serving in a combat unit but of course he makes it through D Day unscathed I picked up Beatriz Williams A Hundred Summers with a ot of expectations owing to all the things I read about it Maybe I should have not heeded to the word going 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 in 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 ightning And now in 1938 as she travels to Seaview Rhode Island happened at the speed of ightning And now in 1938 as she travels to Seaview Rhode Island 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 Grassroots Leviathan 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 gonna end well But I wanted to give it a shot at redemption thinking may be the mystery will salvage the book but alas none of that happenedSoet me tell you about the book and the reasons it s such a huge disappointmentLily and Nick first meet when Budgie takes her for a game her boyfriend Graham Pendleton team is playing and plain old stupid innocent Voices and Veils little Lily is smitten And not the one to beeft 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 guess 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 ooked 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 get the hell away from his home and his daughterNot to be discouraged by the reaction the couple decided to elope and almost get married too after spending a night together when their plans go awry and Lily calls off things between them Lily thought kicking Nick ass would not make him go away he would come back but instead he mopes around decides to go to Paris and run his Dad firm overseas decides to go to Paris and run his Dad firm overseas in Paris Nick earns Lily has 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 from 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 ike a total moron In fact just to prove a point to herself and 45 starsAnother great 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 great 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 best friend and her former fiance now recently married This is the start of an emotional whirlwind with gossip galore among the residents of Seaview The story goes between the past 1931 and the present slowly unraveling the story of Lily and Nick s past together and what brought it to it s end along with the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick s marriage This story wasn t action packed by any meansit s a story of friendship betrayal "family secrets and the engths people will go to cover their indiscretions and above all enduring ove " secrets and the engths people will go to cover their indiscretions and above all enduring African Native Literature: Or, Proverbs, Tales, Fables and Historical Fragments in the Kanuri or Bornu Language love would make an ideal summer read Iove how realistic Beatriz Williams makes her characters her settings While reading this I felt as if I co. Cently married an event that set off a wildfire of gossip among the elite of Seaview who have summered together for generations 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. ,