I was on a huge waiting list for this at my local library. I made the comment about that as my husband and I walked through Costco one day and he threw it in the cart and said…now you don’t have to wait! What a keeper!
This was a book that required my complete attention to read. It is told through numerous viewpoints of the Levin family during the summer of 1969. The son gets deployed to war which sends the mother to drown her sorrows with alcohol. Her mother is not a huge fan of her current husband and he hates to come and visit on weekends while the family spend the summer in Nantucket. One sister is living in Boston while pregnant with twins and the other sister has decided to spend her summer working in Martha’s Vineyard. Lastly, the baby of the family, thirteen year old Jessie, seeks to find her own identity. It is a tumultuous time for the Levin family…family secrets are hidden only to be discovered as the summer wears on. For Hilderbrand’s first stab at historical fiction, it’s a great one.
Hilderbrand makes sure to use some era appropriate events. After I read about Ted Kennedy and his car crash I had to google it and find that how Hilderbrand portrayed it, is how it happened. She did not leave a detail unturned!
This is a lovely summer/beach read. It didn’t have her signature love affair theme, but it was a nice change of pace! This was just an enjoyable book about a family. It just goes to show you that a family can have all the money in the world and still have problems within itself.
I am going to give this a 4 star read. I wish the ending had more substance to it. It was nice to see how it ended, but I just wanted a little more. I don’t want to give anything way so I can’t detail what exactly I wanted, but you’ll understand once you pick this up. Highly recommend this one! Have you read it? What did you think?
Title: Summer Of ’69
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 18, 2019
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