A Hundred Summers Giveaway

This weekend the girls and I froze our tushes off at an outdoor baton practice and planting our garden yesterday and during May crowning at church this morning. It is May for crying out loud, and I want summer. The weather here in Virginia can’t seem to decide what it wants to do, but there is one place where you can choose your own weather – in fiction. On May 30, G.P. Putnam’s Sons is publishing a nice, warm looking novel by Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers. I cannot tell you how excited I am to dive into this book. Here is the description of the book from the author’s website:

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 Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview.

Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily’s past: her former best friend and her former fiancé, now recently 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 more in the center of the community’s social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily’s friendship with an overpowering talent for seduction…and an alluring acquaintance from their college days, Yankees pitcher Graham Pendleton. But the ties that bind Lily 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.

“Scorching summer sun.” Doesn’t that sound lovely? If you think it does, then you’ll love this giveaway. I have one Advanced Readers Copy to give away along with a beach themed bookmark I made several years ago. I must have made one extra and it seems like the perfect compliment to reading this book.


If you’d like to read this book along with me this month, just leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite beach is (mine is Grand Haven beach on Lake Michigan). I will choose the winner on Tuesday, May 7 so you will have time revel in A Hundred Summers before the book hits the stores. If you have a Twitter account, let me know what you thought of the book using the #ahundredsummers hashtag. Boy am I ready for the sun!


  • At 2013.05.05 13:12, Jessica said:

    I’m landlocked, but Laguna Beach was likea postcard come to life.

    • At 2013.05.05 13:57, Colleen said:

      My favorite beach is Spring Lake in NJ. It has a beautiful shoreline but more importantly I spent many great summers there in my 20’s. Great memories!

      • At 2013.05.05 14:13, Rachel said:

        Right now anything by Jodi Picoult is always a good read for me.

        • At 2013.05.05 14:35, pearl said:

          thanks for this wonderful giveaway. My favorite beach is Wildwood, N.J. on the Jersey Shore. A part of the 50’s that lingers.

          • At 2013.05.05 14:46, diane said:

            A beach that is special to me is Sauble Beach, On. We went there when my boys were young and the summers there were lovely. thanks for this special feature and giveaway.

            • At 2013.05.05 15:02, Shannon said:

              Oh, Grand Haven is gorgeous! I live in Virginia now, but even the ocean doesn’t seem able to hold a candle to a Michigan. I spent my summers in the thumb area and those beaches will always be my favorite.

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              • At 2013.05.05 15:20, Anne said:

                I am captivated with this novel What a great giveaway. A beach that is my favorite is Smyrna Beach, Fla. Gorgeous and the ultimate.

                • At 2013.05.05 16:20, ellie said:

                  The cover for this book captures the era and the locale. I would love to read this. A beach that made a big impression upon me was Old Orchard Beach, Me.

                  • At 2013.05.05 20:27, Kirsten said:

                    This one sounds great! We try to get to the beach a couple times a year and my favorite is Port Aransas, TX.

                    • At 2013.05.05 22:56, Kathy S said:

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                      • At 2013.05.06 07:49, Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis said:

                        Sounds really good. My fave beach is Blue Sea Beach in Malagash NS

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                        • At 2013.05.06 08:37, Sheila (Book Journey) said:

                          I would love to read this book! I am so ready for weather that looks like the cover! Favorite beach huh? Siesta Key in Florida…. sadly, here in Minnesota I do not get a lot of beach time 😉

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                          • At 2013.05.06 09:08, Paula H said:

                            Wildwood, NJ!

                            • At 2013.05.06 12:34, Ti said:

                              No need to enter me as I just receive a copy of this one in the mail! I have that same stamp set too!!
                              I need to make myself a beachy bookmark.

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                              • At 2013.05.06 13:07, Karen White said:

                                We had a tease of summer last week here in Los Angeles (read: wildfires from the dry heat) but now we’re back to 50 degrees and rainy. Crazy.
                                I have a couple favorite beaches – Sandbridge in Virginia where we used to go every summer when I was a kid, and now Oak Island in NC where my family goes every summer these days. And we are moving to the (almost) beach this summer – WIlmington, NC. Very excited about our house-to-be with its marsh view!
                                I’ve heard a bit about this book and would love to read it with you!

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                                • At 2013.05.07 20:48, Jennifer said:

                                  Congratulations, Karen! You are lucky number 15. 🙂

                                  • At 2013.05.07 21:40, Karen White said:

                                    YAY! And I just saw that there’s a bookmark, too!
                                    Do you need my address?

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                                • At 2013.05.06 16:07, Jason said:

                                  My favorite beach is on the North Shore of Lake Superior called Lakewalk Beach

                                  • At 2013.05.06 16:28, Amy C said:

                                    I would love to win that book! I live in North Carolina now but am originally from California and I often miss those Pacific Ocean beaches, like Newport Beach.

                                    • At 2013.05.06 19:04, Janet S. said:

                                      My favorite beach is the stretch of sand overlooked by the hot tub at Overleaf Spa in Yachats, Oregon.
                                      I’m not a swimmer or a sunbather so for me, it’s all about the rugged beauty of the coastline.

                                      • At 2013.05.07 16:12, Miki St. Clair said:

                                        I would have to say that Myrtle Beach in SC is my favorite because so many of my childhood memories are there. This year we’re trying Nags Head in NC to start building those childhood memories for my daughter.

                                        • At 2013.05.07 16:14, Marcia Lengnick said:

                                          I’m not quite sure if this is the way to leave a comment..but I would like very much to be considered for the advance reading copy of A HUNDRED SUMMERS and the complimentary hand-made book mark..AND my favorite beach is the one on the shores of Lake Michigan directly in front of our cottage.. 120 steps down.. near Ludington, MI!!
                                          Happy Spring!! and Thanks for your great blog!!

                                          • At 2013.05.07 16:41, Kate said:

                                            I love Lucy Vincent beach on Martha’s Vineyard!!

                                            • At 2013.05.07 17:20, Heather said:

                                              Wells Beach, Wells Maine. Cannot wait for July!!

                                              • At 2013.05.07 21:22, Elisabeth said:

                                                Thanks for the giveaway! Favorite beach for memories is Beach Haven in NJ. But, I really love the warmer waters of the South!

                                                • At 2013.05.08 11:22, Jenna said:

                                                  Nothing I have found compares to Rialto Beach in Forks, WA! 🙂

                                                  Thanks for the giveaway.

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