The Summer Wives
Expected publication date: July 3, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . .
In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.
But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.
Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island. -from AmazonBeatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors; she really captures a setting so well, so I can't wait to see what she does in this new book!
The setting of this one does sound incredible! It sounds like an amazing saga with lots of interesting characters. I hope that you love it. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you! :-)Delete
I still need to read a Beatriz Williams book. Her covers always catch my eye!ReplyDelete
They are so good, the books and the covers!Delete
What an unusual find!! This is one to keep an eye out on.ReplyDelete
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This is a great pick. It sounds like such an amazing read.ReplyDelete
I pretty much always enjoy her books!Delete
I love that vintage cover and also love the synopsis. Hope it is enjoyable for all!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kay! She always has great covers that look like old postcards.Delete
yes :D I just got this in my mail yesterday and totally looking forward to itReplyDelete
Yay! Looking forward to your review!Delete
This sounds amazing! :oReplyDelete
Oh wow, I love pretty much EVERYTHING about that synopsis. Adding this one to my TBR for sure.ReplyDelete
Awesome, hope you enjoy it!Delete
I've heard good things about her books.ReplyDelete
I love her books!Delete
The setting and period sound amazing, and I like when social classes are explored.ReplyDelete
I know, she always has the best settings and really plays them up.Delete
Oh wow! This sounds brilliant -- and I think I need to know more about this author's work!ReplyDelete
Her books are really good!Delete