The Book Pile – A Hundred Summers

Believe it or not, despite how busy summer is, it’s traditionally the one time of year where I get the most reading done. That and of course – on vacation.

There’s nothing that makes me happier than curling up in the sun with a good book.

So when I finished Clipped Wings this past Saturday (non-spoilerish review here) I wasted no time in picking up the next book in my summer reading pile – A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams.

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I was soooo not disappointed in my choice.

A Hundred Summers is set in the 1930’s – with chapters alternating between the present (1938) and the past (1031-1932) – and takes place during one summer in Rhode Island. Socialite Lily Dane is summering with her mother and little sister Kiki in Seaview, when Mr. and Mrs. Budgie and Nick Greenwald roll into town.

Budgie was her former best friend. Nick her former fiancé and lover.

For Lily, who – no shocker – is single, the struggle is real.

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It’s not long before Budgie is trying her hardest to restore their old friendship over gin and tonics while pushing Lily into the arms of a catered summer fling. Meanwhile, are things really over between Lily and Nick? Or does a love like theirs never really end?

Throw in a catastrophic hurricane to stir the pot and plenty of dirty, little secrets from Rhode Island’s elite and you have summer read unlike any other.

Seriously. I read this book in one entire day. 

Yes, I fed myself and stood up on occasion. But very little. I started it at 4:00pm in the afternoon and ended it reading by candlelight under the stars in the same oceanside chair. There’s a review in the front of the book that compares it to Gossip Girl in the 30’s, so you can imagine why I found it impossible to put down.

It wasn’t a summer fling with this book.

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It was full on summer love affair.

Have you read A Hundred Summers? I’d love to know what you think in the comments below. Want to talk spoilers? Email me @ crysrichard@gmail.com. I NEED to talk to someone about those twists and turns.

x C x

A/N: Stay tuned for a very special The C List edition on Friday when I have two of my favourite Americans – Colleen and Amber – with me on the East Coast. There will be links. But there will likely also be Photo Booth shenanigans! x 

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