Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Lost Summers of Newport

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Expected publication date: May 17, 2022
From the New York Times bestselling team of Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White: a beachy historical novel of romance and intrigue set among the famous summer mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the Gilded Age to present-day.

2019: Andie Figuero has just landed her dream job as a producer of Mansion Makeover, a popular reality show about restoring America’s most lavish historic houses. Andie has high hopes for her latest project: the once glorious but gently crumbling Sprague Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, the beach town of the ultra-wealthy, famous for the historic, over-the-top “summer cottages” of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. But Andie runs into trouble: the reclusive heiress who still lives in the mansion, Lucia Sprague, will only allow the show to go forward on two conditions: One: that no one speaks to her. Two: that no one go near the mansion’s ruined boathouse.

1899: Ellen O’Donnell has been hired to give singing lessons to Maybelle Sprague, a naive young heiress from out West whose brother John has poured their new money into buying a place among Newport’s elite. John is determined to see Maybelle married off to a fortune-hunting Italian prince, and Ellen is supposed to polish up the girl for her launch into society. But the demure-seeming Ellen has her own checkered past, and she’s hiding in plain sight at Sprague Hall.

1958: Lucia di Conti has always felt like an outsider at Sprague Hall. When her family fled Mussolini, it seemed natural to go back to the imposing Newport house her grandmother owned but hadn’t seen since her marriage in 1899. Over the years, she’s lost her Italian accent and found a place for herself among the yachting set, even acquiring a suitably blue-blooded husband, but one fateful night in the mansion’s old boathouse will roil the waters...and change everything.

As the cameras roll on Mansion Makeover, the house begins to yield up the dark secrets the Spragues thought would stay hidden forever…. - from Goodreads

When Team W gets together, it's always a hit - and the setting of Newport, Rhode Island is always a draw for me!


  1. Whenever I see multiple authors on a book, I always wonder how the story was split. I feel like each one of these got a timeline, but I could be wrong. Anyhow, hope it's a hit.

    1. I'm actually not sure! I would assume each took a timeline,too.

  2. Do they each have their own novella or did they actually write it together? It sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it. Here is my post if you'd like to stop by:

  3. Their books are always fantastic! I can't wait to read this.

  4. I like the sound of the differing timelines.

  5. These women are so interesting — I can’t wait to see what their secrets are

  6. I am SOOO excited for this one! I'll read anything they write!

  7. Oh this sounds really intriguing - hope you'll enjoy!


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