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Summer Darlings Set During The Splendid Summer Days Of S Martha S Vineyard, This Page Turning Debut Novel Pulls Back The Curtain On One Mysterious And Wealthy Family As Seen Through The Eyes Of Their Nanny A College Student Who, While Falling In Love On The Elegant Island, Is Also Forced To Reckon With The Dark Underbelly Of Privilege In , Coed Heddy Winsome Leaves Her Hardscrabble Irish Brooklyn Neighborhood Behind And Ferries To Glamorous Martha S Vineyard To Nanny For One Of The Wealthiest Families On The Island But As She Grows Enad With The Alluring And Seemingly Perfect Young Couple And Chases After Their Two Mischievous Children, Heddy Discovers That Her Academic Scholarship At Wellesley Has Been Revoked, Putting Her Entire Future At Risk Determined To Find Her Place In The Couple S Wealthy Social Circles, Heddy Nurtures A Romance With The Hip Surfer Down The Beach While Wondering If The Better Man For Her Might Be A Quiet, Studious College Boy Instead But No One She Meets On The Summer Island Socialite, Starlet, Or Housekeeper Is As Picture Perfect As They Seem, And She Quickly Learns That The Right Last Name And A House In A Tony Zip Code May Guarantee Privilege, But That Rarely Equals Happiness Rich With The Sights And Sounds Of Midcentury Martha S Vineyard, Brooke Lea Foster S Debut Novel Summer Darlings Promises Entrance To A Rarefied World, For Readers Who Enjoyed Tigers In Red Weather Or The Summer Wives

10 thoughts on “Summer Darlings

  1. says:

    Rated 4.5 It s 1962 and Heddy Winsome is heading to Martha s Vineyard for a summer that will forever change her life Having been raised in Brooklyn by a single mother struggling to pay each month s rent, Heddy is striving for somethingEverything was looking bright but after losing her scholarship to Wellesley, her future is in jeopardy A summer working as a nanny for one of Martha s Vineyard s wealthiest families offers her some hope Will being surrounded by the rich and privileged ena Rated 4.5 It s 1962 and Heddy Winsome is heading to Martha s Vineyard for a summer that will forever change her life Having been raised in Brooklyn by a single mother struggling to pay each month s rent, Heddy is striving for somethingEverything was looking bright but after losing her scholarship to Wellesley, her future is in jeopardy A summer working as a nanny for one of Martha s Vineyard s wealthiest families offers her some hope Will being surrounded by the rich and privileged enable Heddy to enter this world and help her get closer to the life she believes she deserves Summer Darlings is a fun book filled with people who are not what they seem From the perfect couple, Ted and Jean Rose Williams, who hire Heddy, to the fun loving and very famous actress Gigi who lives next door, to two possible love interests You can visualize the impeccable, tasteful homes, the private beaches and the early 60s styles And there s some fun nostalgic references of people and places from the period.Many thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Brooke Lea Foster for an advance copy of this impressive debut effort The publication date is May 5 and I hope Summer Darlings gets the attention it deserves.Review posted on MicheleReader.com

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    I think this was a really good debut novel and I did enjoy Brooke Lea Foster s writing I loved the setting and time period Martha s Vineyard in the summer of 1962 amongst all the jet set rich It s a good coming of age story about a college girl named, Heddy who is hired by a wealthy family to be their nanny for the summer on the island I did enjoy the story overall but there were parts that were a little slow for my liking.I can tell the author did a lot of research about the time period and I think this was a really good debut novel and I did enjoy Brooke Lea Foster s writing I loved the setting and time period Martha s Vineyard in the summer of 1962 amongst all the jet set rich It s a good coming of age story about a college girl named, Heddy who is hired by a wealthy family to be their nanny for the summer on the island I did enjoy the story overall but there were parts that were a little slow for my liking.I can tell the author did a lot of research about the time period and setting I was plunged into a 1960 s summer with some fun antidotes about the lifestyle, fashions and foods of the time I really enjoyed the references to some movies and music also from that era The only thing that puzzled me was the reference to a character calling 911 when I don t think it came into service until the later part of the 1960 s Sometimes a glaring inconsistency like that just erks me..but it really was not that big of a deal.I do think Brook Lea Foster has demonstrated she is an entertaining and promising writer I d like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for kindly providing me access to this Advanced Reader Copy

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    Terrific beach read, kills the boredom I was really drawn into this story with the characters and lifestyle on the island Also, the setting was before my time and it was really fascinating to read the different references from the 60 s that I recognized from history or other readings.Summer Darlings is a coming of age story featuring our main character, Heddy Winsom who is excited about spending the summer working on Martha s Vineyard as a nanny Spending time with one of the most popular coup Terrific beach read, kills the boredom I was really drawn into this story with the characters and lifestyle on the island Also, the setting was before my time and it was really fascinating to read the different references from the 60 s that I recognized from history or other readings.Summer Darlings is a coming of age story featuring our main character, Heddy Winsom who is excited about spending the summer working on Martha s Vineyard as a nanny Spending time with one of the most popular couples on the island, drives Heddy to want evenfor her life Raised by her single mother, Heddy is also dismayed to realize that one careless night has led to a big mistake that could cost her everything So when she gets to Martha s Vineyard, she is eager to make a new life for herself and hopeful to snag a husband as well Things do not always go according to plan She meets the famous infamous actress and starlet, Gigi McCabe who sees a bit of herself in lovely Heddy Gig takes her under her wings and tries to give her a hand The wife that she works for also volunteers to help steer her in the right direction as well Heddy spends time with the family, the children and winds up meeting many people from the island and the rich and famous people staying there for the summer.Heddy also meets two men who draw her to them in different ways, but they are radically different in their lifestyles and philosophies It is interesting to see how these romances play out.What I loved Setting Martha s Vineyard in the 1960 s is wonderful and enticing, full of mystery and sophistication with the perfect background The character development was good at least in Heddy She moves from innocence to scheming like those around her Her desperate need for a better life for herself and her mother is one of her primary motivations, but will the lifestyles and lack of morals lead her down a dark path What annoyed me The Characters Have you ever sat down to watch a show and the characters just annoy you so much that you are mouthing off and giving them a piece of your mind The characters in Summer Darlings seriously got on my last nerve Not sure that they are likable at all, it seems author Brooke Lea Foster truly portrayed their weaknesses with spot on accuracy and that had me cringing The writing was good, the characters were self absorbed, insecure, ambitious and often cruel Thank you to NetGalley, author Brooke Lea Foster, and Gallery Books for this temporary, digital advance review copy for me to read and enjoy As always, my opinions are my own

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    Fun throwback to the 60 s with a surprise twist ending The 60s were transitional time in our history and this new book has captured the fun and flirty atmosphere perfectly.Young college student from an innercity background spends an impressionable summer in Martha s Vineyard On the outside we see the glamour and prestige, but behind closed doors Heddy finds life is so different.The story is so addicting because of the fact the author captures the young innocence so perfectly Fun throwback to the 60 s with a surprise twist ending The 60s were transitional time in our history and this new book has captured the fun and flirty atmosphere perfectly.Young college student from an innercity background spends an impressionable summer in Martha s Vineyard On the outside we see the glamour and prestige, but behind closed doors Heddy finds life is so different.The story is so addicting because of the fact the author captures the young innocence so perfectly The awe inspiring homes and grounds, the beaches and sun, glitz and glamour, even crushes and young love.But we soon see behind the scenes and how the affluent people are not what they seem Beautifully developed and highly detailed, this story will suck you in and not let go Plus, the ending caught me off guard and surprised me A startling development that completely changed the story but yet gives us hope.Foster nails her debut novel with an amazing story full of flair and flirtation where growing up is not an option but knowing who you are is critical.Fun and addicting with a startling ending you never saw coming A must read copy received for review considerationFull Review

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    A Martha s Vineyard summer in the 1960s, a penniless college girl working as a nanny for a wealthy family, dating handsome young, eligible men and meeting a movie star But there is a dark side to all this money and elegance, real problems and secrets A fun summer read Full review and author interview on Book Nation by Jen soon A Martha s Vineyard summer in the 1960s, a penniless college girl working as a nanny for a wealthy family, dating handsome young, eligible men and meeting a movie star But there is a dark side to all this money and elegance, real problems and secrets A fun summer read Full review and author interview on Book Nation by Jen soon

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    Welcome a fresh new voice in historical fiction Brooke Lea Foster spins a delicious tale of a young girl from Brooklyn who spends a summer rubbing elbows with the rich and famous on Martha s Vineyard Filled with 1960s nostalgia and a host of deftly drawn characters, this is a novel that gives us an intimate look at the world of privilege, proving once again that money does not buy happiness.

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    Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an early e copy This is my first review since the COVID panic really began in earnest, so it s a bit trickier than normal to write a focused review But here we goFor me, SUMMER DARLINGS had three different stages It opened with what felt like a character study Heddy, of college age, comes to work for a WASPy, well to do family on Martha s Vineyard for the summer In this stage, the appeal is in observing the otherness of the time period 1960 Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an early e copy This is my first review since the COVID panic really began in earnest, so it s a bit trickier than normal to write a focused review But here we goFor me, SUMMER DARLINGS had three different stages It opened with what felt like a character study Heddy, of college age, comes to work for a WASPy, well to do family on Martha s Vineyard for the summer In this stage, the appeal is in observing the otherness of the time period 1960s , and in watching Heddy navigate the class differences Then, the book broadened into a bit of a romance, with two men on the island vying for Heddy s attentions and provoking her boss s petty envy This stage also includes a kind of Cinderella story, as a famous actress summering on the island takes Heddy under her wing and sets about making Heddy over The entirely fictional actress possessed vampish shades of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and between this fact and the many references to Jackie Kennedy, the book reminded me a bit of Jess Walter s BEAUTIFUL RUINS, with SUMMER DARLINGS perhaps skewingto the commercial side of that equation versus the literary Finally, during the third and extremely fast paced final stage of the book, the plot transforms into a bit of a twisty whodunnit heist My only complaint here is that the pacing ramped up so dramatically it felt a bit rushed at times, but I think other readers will not mind actually enjoy a book that sprints to the end in this manner As far as helping potential interested readers find this book I think fans of Fiona Davis would be best suited to really enjoy SUMMER DARLINGS SUMMER DARLINGS doesn t do Davis s signature toggling between a past plot line and a present plot line, nonetheless there was something in Foster s plucky protagonist that is reminiscent of Davis s protagonists, and both authors work hard to transport the reader to a beloved time place I WOULD have said this would be a great summer beach read, because it seeks to distract transport But maybe with our present state of virus ridden affairs in this world, it can be a good book even if you have to PRETEND you re at the beach In other words, if you want to get away, you can pour yourself a Cape Codder or a Greyhound and dive into these pages

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    2.5 stars So disappointed I really wanted to love this oneThere was so much spite hate in this book and the ending didn t make much sense from the rest of the book The only things that I loved were the cover the 60 s time period 2.5 stars So disappointed I really wanted to love this oneThere was so much spite hate in this book and the ending didn t make much sense from the rest of the book The only things that I loved were the cover the 60 s time period

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    I loved this perfect summer read that had the right amount of 60 s glamour, fancy parties, summer fling, and a glimpse into the life of the wealthy and privileged Wellesley girl Heddy Winsome was spending the summer as a nanny for one of the wealthiest families in Martha s Vineyard Jean Rose and Ted Williams two children 6 yo Teddy and 4 yo Anna The alluring world of the summer residents at Martha s Vineyard was seen through Hedy s eyes as she tries to get into the social circles she had on I loved this perfect summer read that had the right amount of 60 s glamour, fancy parties, summer fling, and a glimpse into the life of the wealthy and privileged Wellesley girl Heddy Winsome was spending the summer as a nanny for one of the wealthiest families in Martha s Vineyard Jean Rose and Ted Williams two children 6 yo Teddy and 4 yo Anna The alluring world of the summer residents at Martha s Vineyard was seen through Hedy s eyes as she tries to get into the social circles she had only seen and read about in magazines She quickly learns that nothing was quite what it seems The writing was rich and immersive, and the characters were great from the housekeeper she befriends, the famous movie star Gigi who takes notice of her, to the love interest a surfer boy Ash, and the references to the pop culture of the time such as the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, Carly Simon and Bob Dylan to name a few The writing was riveting and kept my attention and fingers turning those pages Fosters writing, with the detailed descriptions of the setting, and the great dialogue truly transported me to the time Foster delivered a breathtaking debut novel that left me nostalgic, as she dove deep into the social divide and class distinctions in this compelling read This was truly an enjoyable read

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