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The summer wives : a novel (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2018)

av Beatriz Williams, Kristin Kalbli (Narrator.)

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"The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams's signature vintage touch. It's at the top of my picks for the beach this summer." --Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season--an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . . In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda's 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's enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda's caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop's hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades. Now, in the landmark 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 naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.… (mer)
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Titel:The summer wives : a novel
Författare:Beatriz Williams
Andra författare:Kristin Kalbli (Narrator.)
Info:New York : HarperAudio, 2018.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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I had not read anything by this author before, and it certainly won't be my last! Beatriz Williams' historical fiction novel, THE SUMMER WIVES novel takes place over three time-lines and is a little confusing if you don't read it straight through. I put it down a few times to read something else (as I always do!), and it took me a bit to get the story back straight in my mind when I picked it up again.

In this historical fiction novel, which begins in 1969, a famous actress returns home to Winthrop Island on the East Coast after having a car accident. She hasn't been back to the island since she left at 18 after a scandal occurred, and the details of what happened are slowly revealed throughout the course of the book. This is basically a story of conflict between the "townies" who live year-round on the island, and the "summer" people who have houses there. Miranda, the main character, becomes involved with both sets of residents when her mother marries into one of the wealthy families, and a fisherman whose family runs the lighthouse catches her eye. There are a lot of secrets that are revealed and the author does a good job of dropping surprises into the narrative to keep the reader interested. Other than a little confusion over the timeline and the relationship of some of the characters, this was an excellent read.
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  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
I see this author's name everywhere. She churns out a new book at least once a year, maybe more often. After trying to read this one, I understand how she does it: just keep writing, use stereotypical characters, and don't worry about plot inconsistencies. I didn't finish it, but I'm taking credit because it was so painful to read the first half. The story is set on a posh summer island where the residents are divided into the wealthy summer families and the year-round residents, most of whom are poor Portuguese fishing families. It begins in 1951 when teenager Miranda Schuyler arrives for her mother's wedding to a rich, handsome man. Miranda is a sucker for the dark, hairy type and immediately falls for Joseph Vargas, a young fisherman (and Catholic to boot). Then there's an unbelievably naive Portuguese girl who thinks that having sex with the soon-to-be groom is like communing with God (since she keeps saying he IS God--how can a Catholic girl be so stupid?). Anyway, some tragedy happens and Miranda's stepfather is killed and Joseph gets blamed for it. Miranda defends him and becomes persona non gratis and doesn't return to the island until 1969. in the meantime, she has become a Hollywood star, married to a second-rate director who is abusive and possessive. She has returned after her husband beat her, accused a friend of fathering her child, and caused a drunken accident that resulted in the death of the unborn baby.

So anyway, that's probably all you need to know to understand why I quit this drivel midway. It's a big old soap opera--and not in a good way. The characters are all unbelievable and painted with a very broad brush, and it drags on and on and on. I didn't care what happened to them and don't care how it ended. It represents the worst of what I think of as typical popular "women's fiction." I won't be exploring this author's work again. ( )
3 rösta Cariola | May 13, 2020 |
Oh, what a tangled web we weave. Crazy rich people. But it all worked. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams is an intriguing historical novel that takes place during three distinct time periods.

In the early 1930s, local islander Bianca Medeiro is an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle. While working in the family store, she becomes quite smitten with one of Winthrop Island wealthy summer visitors. Bianca's story arc is the slow-moving and initially confusing, but her starry-eyed crush is the foundation for events that occur in the future.

In 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on Winthrop Island for her mother's nuptials to Hugh Fisher. She is welcomed by her new step-sister, Isobel, who, despite her engagement to wealthy Clay Monk, is a bit rebellious and adventuresome. During the months after their parents' wedding, Miranda acts as a go-between for messages Isobel exchanges with Joseph Vargas. Joseph's father is the lighthouse keeper who also supplements the family's income as a lobsterman. Despite her certainty that Isobel and Joseph's relationship might run deeper than friendship, Miranda is rather besotted by the handsome young man. By summer's end, tragedy strikes and Miranda leaves Winthrop Island under a scandal-ridden cloud.

In 1969, Miranda is a popular actress whose return to Winthrop Island is viewed with suspicion and dislike due to her role in the events of 1951. Her mother and Isobel live at the Fisher family estate which they have turned into an artist's colony due to their financial straits. Miranda's arrival on the island occurs during a rather tumultuous time that is linked to the events that precipitated her departure eighteen years prior. Miranda's homecoming stirs up old resentments but will it ultimately prove to be healing when secrets from the past are revealed?

Despite a bit of a slow start, The Summer Wives is an engrossing novel that is rather enthralling. The characters are multi-dimensional, well-developed and easy to like. The plot is interesting but the significance of Bianca's role does not become clear until the novel's end. Winthrop Island is an idyllic setting and Beatriz Williams brings the location and the community vibrantly to life. I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend this enigmatic novel. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Tangled relationships and secrets abound in this intriguing tale of love found and lost and sometimes found again. The story takes place on an island which is home to the well-off summer people as well as the working class fishermen. The tale is also comprised of different time periods, and the reader gradually learns the backstories of the various characters as the story goes back and forth between them. Forbidden love is a key concept and two different women are drawn to men who are outside their social standing. These lines are crossed with dire circumstances. There is loss and tragedy, and yet hope abides. There are several twists and unexpected plot developments. The characters are rich in detail and well drawn. Their compelling lives in this entertaining tale will keep you turning pages until the very end. ( )
  Maydacat | Dec 2, 2019 |
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"The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams's signature vintage touch. It's at the top of my picks for the beach this summer." --Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season--an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . . In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda's 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's enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda's caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop's hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades. Now, in the landmark 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 naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.

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