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!