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SUMMER OF '69

by Elin Hilderbrand ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2019

To use the parlance of the period, a highly relevant retrospective.

Nantucket, not Woodstock, is the main attraction in Hilderbrand’s ( Winter in Paradise , 2018, etc.) bittersweet nostalgia piece about the summer of 1969.

As is typical with Hilderbrand’s fiction, several members of a family have their says. Here, that family is the “stitched together” Foley-Levin clan, ruled over by the appropriately named matriarch, Exalta, aka Nonny, mother of Kate Levin. Exalta’s Nantucket house, All’s Fair, also appropriately named, is the main setting. Kate’s three older children, Blair, 24, Kirby, 20, and Tiger, 19, are products of her first marriage, to Wilder Foley, a war veteran, who shot himself. Second husband David Levin is the father of Jessie, who’s just turned 13. Tiger has been drafted and sends dispatches to Jessie from Vietnam. Kirby has been arrested twice while protesting the war in Boston. (Don’t tell Nonny!) Blair is married and pregnant; her MIT astrophysicist husband, Angus, is depressive, controlling, and deceitful—the unmelodramatic way Angus’ faults sneak up on both Blair and the reader is only one example of Hilderbrand’s firm grasp on real life. Many plot elements are specific to the year. Kirby is further rebelling by forgoing Nantucket for rival island Martha’s Vineyard—and a hotel job close to Chappaquiddick. Angus will be working at Mission Control for the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Kirby has difficult romantic encounters, first with her arresting officer, then with a black Harvard student whose mother has another reason, besides Kirby’s whiteness, to distrust her. Pick, grandson of Exalta’s caretaker, is planning to search for his hippie mother at Woodstock. Other complications seem very up-to-date: a country club tennis coach is a predator and pedophile. Anti-Semitism lurks beneath the club’s genteel veneer. Kate’s drinking has accelerated since Tiger’s deployment overseas. Exalta’s toughness is seemingly untempered by grandmotherly love. As always, Hilderbrand’s characters are utterly convincing and immediately draw us into their problems, from petty to grave. Sometimes, her densely packed tales seem to unravel toward the end. This is not one of those times.

Pub Date: June 18, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-316-42001-3

Page Count: 432

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: March 30, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

HISTORICAL FICTION | FAMILY LIFE & FRIENDSHIP

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by Kristin Hannah ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 3, 2015

Still, a respectful and absorbing page-turner.

Hannah’s new novel is an homage to the extraordinary courage and endurance of Frenchwomen during World War II.

In 1995, an elderly unnamed widow is moving into an Oregon nursing home on the urging of her controlling son, Julien, a surgeon. This trajectory is interrupted when she receives an invitation to return to France to attend a ceremony honoring  passeurs : people who aided the escape of others during the war. Cut to spring, 1940: Viann has said goodbye to husband Antoine, who's off to hold the Maginot line against invading Germans. She returns to tending her small farm, Le Jardin, in the Loire Valley, teaching at the local school and coping with daughter Sophie’s adolescent rebellion. Soon, that world is upended: The Germans march into Paris and refugees flee south, overrunning Viann’s land. Her long-estranged younger sister, Isabelle, who has been kicked out of multiple convent schools, is sent to Le Jardin by Julien, their father in Paris, a drunken, decidedly unpaternal Great War veteran. As the depredations increase in the occupied zone—food rationing, systematic looting, and the billeting of a German officer, Capt. Beck, at Le Jardin—Isabelle’s outspokenness is a liability. She joins the Resistance, volunteering for dangerous duty: shepherding downed Allied airmen across the  Pyrenees to Spain. Code-named the Nightingale, Isabelle will rescue many before she's captured. Meanwhile, Viann’s journey from passive to active resistance is less dramatic but no less wrenching. Hannah vividly demonstrates how the Nazis, through starvation, intimidation and barbarity both casual and calculated, demoralized the French, engineering a community collapse that enabled the deportations and deaths of more than 70,000 Jews. Hannah’s proven storytelling skills are ideally suited to depicting such cataclysmic events, but her tendency to sentimentalize undermines the gravitas of this tale.

Pub Date: Feb. 3, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-312-57722-3

Page Count: 448

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2014

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by Lisa Jewell ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2018

Dark and unsettling, this novel’s end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed.

Ten years after her teenage daughter went missing, a mother begins a new relationship only to discover she can't truly move on until she answers lingering questions about the past.

Laurel Mack’s life stopped in many ways the day her 15-year-old daughter, Ellie, left the house to study at the library and never returned. She drifted away from her other two children, Hanna and Jake, and eventually she and her husband, Paul, divorced. Ten years later, Ellie’s remains and her backpack are found, though the police are unable to determine the reasons for her disappearance and death. After Ellie’s funeral, Laurel begins a relationship with Floyd, a man she meets in a cafe. She's disarmed by Floyd’s charm, but when she meets his young daughter, Poppy, Laurel is startled by her resemblance to Ellie. As the novel progresses, Laurel becomes increasingly determined to learn what happened to Ellie, especially after discovering an odd connection between Poppy’s mother and her daughter even as her relationship with Floyd is becoming more serious. Jewell’s ( I Found You , 2017, etc.) latest thriller moves at a brisk pace even as she plays with narrative structure: The book is split into three sections, including a first one which alternates chapters between the time of Ellie’s disappearance and the present and a second section that begins as Laurel and Floyd meet. Both of these sections primarily focus on Laurel. In the third section, Jewell alternates narrators and moments in time: The narrator switches to alternating first-person points of view (told by Poppy’s mother and Floyd) interspersed with third-person narration of Ellie’s experiences and Laurel’s discoveries in the present. All of these devices serve to build palpable tension, but the structure also contributes to how deeply disturbing the story becomes. At times, the characters and the emotional core of the events are almost obscured by such quick maneuvering through the weighty plot.

Pub Date: April 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5464-5

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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The queen of the summer read has done it again. Elin Hilderbrand’s books just keep getting better and better. Her first historical novel packs a lot of punch and rich detail, which longtime readers will know is her signature style. In SUMMER OF ’69, Hilderbrand writes about the Levin family and their ups and downs, drama, intrigue and secrets. This summer is like no other for them as it’s a time of disruption, upheaval and change.

Kate and her late husband, Wilder Foley, have three children. Every summer, this trio visits their grandmother, Exalta (or “Nonny”), at her historic home on Nantucket. This year, though, things just aren’t the same.

"SUMMER OF ’69 brings you down memory lane, and you will be singing the songs of yesteryear in your mind, which is the most fun part of this book."

Kate’s oldest daughter, Blair, who lives in Boston, is as huge as a house as she’s pregnant with twins and can’t make the trip this year; Kirby, who loves the whirlwind of protesting for civil rights and strongly believes in feminism, is determined to be independent and is moving to Martha’s Vineyard; Tiger, her only son, is drafted and deployed to Vietnam; and the youngest, 13-year-old Jessie, who is Kate’s daughter with her second husband, David, is learning all about herself and what’s most important in life as a young teen. This year, Jessie gets to go to Nantucket with her mother and grandmother, the latter of whom is not the most warm and fuzzy person. She worries about how she will survive the whole summer with them and later learns that they’re both harboring secrets. Adding even more drama to the mix are Bill Crimmins; his daughter, Lorraine; and her son, Pick.

Hilderbrand wrote SUMMER OF ’69 to capture real-life events that took place when she and her twin brother were born. According to the Author’s Note at the end of the book, the week of their births was the same week that Apollo 11 was launched into space. She goes on to explain: “The weekend after we were born was the weekend of the Chappaquiddick incident, which was of enormous interest to the nation but even more so to the residents of Massachusetts. The atmosphere of the country in the summer of 1969 was tumultuous: Nixon was a new president, the war in Vietnam was raging right along with protests against that war, civil rights and women’s lib were hot topics, and Woodstock was planned as a tribute to the nation’s youth, who wanted peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll.”

Hilderbrand uses all of these historic issues that were taking place in the U.S. at that time, and incorporates and weaves them into her story. The depth of her research is awe-inspiring; I felt like I was reliving history, and it brought back a ton of memories. Cleverly, she introduces songs from that time period as her chapter titles, alternating her characters as she builds upon each of them. Every time I began a new chapter, I’d start singing the song as soon as I read it. SUMMER OF ’69 brings you down memory lane, and you will be singing the songs of yesteryear in your mind, which is the most fun part of this book.

I have never read an uninteresting Elin Hilderbrand novel; they are all phenomenal and simply unputdownable. I love how she ties up all the loose ends so effortlessly. Her books are so well-written and thought out, her research is meticulous and resourceful, her characters have spunk and moxie, and landscapes are so vivid and in-depth due to her artistry and talent in making readers’ imaginations come alive. She keeps you riveted and wanting to turn the pages.

As always, I eagerly await with great anticipation Hilderbrand’s next book, which will be WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE (the second installment in her Winter in Paradise series), releasing in October 2019. After that, I hope we see a sequel to SUMMER OF ’69. It just wouldn’t be summer without an Elin Hilderbrand book to read on the beach!

Reviewed by Vivian Payton on June 21, 2019

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Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

  • Publication Date: February 11, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction , Historical Fiction , Women's Fiction
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN-10: 031642000X
  • ISBN-13: 9780316420006

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Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel.

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

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"Hilderbrand hits all the right notes about life in a tightly knit family, and this crowd-pleaser is sure to satisfy both her fans and newcomers alike." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) "As always, Hilderbrand's characters are utterly convincing and immediately draw us into their problems, from petty to grave...To use the parlance of the period, a highly relevant retrospective." - Kirkus Reviews "Hilderbrand's first foray into historical fiction will rouse curiosity in new readers as well as devotees of her annual summer smashes." - Booklist

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Elin Hilderbrand is the author of twenty-eight novels, including The Hotel Nantucket . She is a proud 1991 graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Writing Seminars. In her senior year at Hopkins, Elin had her first short story, "Misdirection," accepted for publication in Seventeen Magazine . After a short stint working in publishing and teaching in New York City, she moved to Nantucket permanently in 1994. She attended the University of Iowa writers workshop and earned her MFA in 1998, and published her first novel, The Beach Club , in the summer of 2000. Her 2019 novel, Summer of "69 SUMMER OF '69 was her first novel to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the mother of three children and loves riding the Peloton, cooking, and going to the beach. She...

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Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

In her first “historical novel,” rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.

Relevant, vivid, and absorbing!

Summer of ’69  is a nostalgic, domestic tale that takes us back to the idyllic island of Nantucket during a year when Vietnam was still raging, and Apollo 11 was finally going to put men on the moon, and into the lives of the blended Foley-Levin family as they navigate a summer of revelations, change, and new additions.

The writing is expressive and polished. The characters are genuine, troubled, and sympathetic. And the spirited plot is a delightful mix of summer fun, heartbreak, coming-of-age, secrets, wartime worries, adultery, racial segregation, women’s rights, and fresh starts.

Overall, Summer of ’69  is once again a beguiling, heartfelt, must-read summer tale by Hilderbrand that highlights the power of family and reminds us that even though we’ve come so far, in some respects we still have a long way to go.

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Elin Hilderbrand is a mother of three, an avid runner, reader, and traveler, and the author of twenty-three novels. She grew up outside Philadelphia, and has lived on Nantucket for more than twenty years.

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Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand is an epic historical fiction book that will sweep its readers off their feet. Set in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, the book explores family relationships and an eventful time in U.S. history. It is a classic Hilderbrand summer novel with an exciting historical twist.

Review: Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha's Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind. In her first "historical novel," rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.

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Review: Summer of ’69 by ELin Hilderbrand

I have read a few of Hilderbrand’s novels before, but this one is my absolute favourite to date. This summer read has all of the classic elements that her works entail, such as drama and family relationships. However, the time period of Summer of ’69 really sets the tone for an intriguing plot. It is quite amazing how the history of 1969 blends perfectly into the narrative and its characters.

❀ Incredible Setting

The setting is one that always makes me yearn for a trip to Nantucket. Hilderbrand outdoes herself with this particular novel, however. Many of the popular shops and places of interest that are described in the book are truly a step back in time. Also, adding Martha’s Vineyard to the story adds a really interesting element as the characters deal with racism and segregation.

❀ Compelling Characters

The story is told in multiple points of view, which works well for this novel. The women in the Levin family are all given a voice and it is compelling to read about each generation’s struggles and achievements in a time where women are really starting to take a stand for their rights. I especially loved Jessie’s point of view, as she is the youngest and really comes of age during the course of the novel.

❀ A Perfect Summer Read

S ummer of ’69  by Elin Hilderbrand will not disappoint fans of her previous novel set in Nantucket. This epic historical fiction explores the time period and many of the social, political, and news-worthy moments of that summer. The characters are ones that readers will instantly relate to, making it a perfect summer read.

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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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A faint tang of snobbery hangs about the term "beach read," as if, given the choice, we'd all prefer to sprawl out on a blanket in the Hamptons with War and Peace , say, or Infinite Jest (those might be properly termed littoral reads). But it takes more than sand to make a beach read: It needs a certain weightlessness, an ephemeral quality, with no heavy lifting required. Readers won't find themselves having to go back over particularly dense passages in order to keep up. Toes in the sand, sun in the sky, not a thought in our heads — that's a beach read.

Elin Hilderbrand has been named " The Queen of Beach Reads ," and she wears the mantle lightly, with justifiable pride. Many of her books are quite literally littoral, in that they are set at the shore. She presents another breezy yet gritty novel with Summer of '69, the story of a family of long-time Nantucket vacationers who weather some tough times and ultimately find redemption, solace, even a measure of happiness. Chappaquiddick, the moon landing and Woodstock all have cameos in this, Hilderbrand's 23rd novel. Charles Manson, 1969's poster boy of darkness, doesn't make the cut. No really dark clouds allowed.

But that's not quite fair. Hilderbrand does include plenty of adversity in her stories, but it's of the type expressly designed to be overcome. At the center of Summer of '69 is Jessie Levin ("Rhymes with 'heaven,'" she tells people). The youngest of four children, Jessie resembles most 13-year-olds in being full of questions about life, and just as full of judgements about it. She loves and misses her brother, Tiger, who as the book opens ships off to "the Central Highlands of Vietnam with Charlie Company of the Twelfth Regiment of the Third Brigade of the Fourth Infantry." Tiger will favor her with adoring letters throughout the book, as she will write him and so forward the narrative. Though Summer of '69 is not quite an epistolary novel, the letters allow Hilderbrand to be two places at once, Nantucket and 'Nam, where, it is well known, Charlie don't surf.

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Kate, Jessie's mother, descends into an alcoholic haze with the departure of her beloved boy. Blair, the eldest sibling, is pregnant with twins. Free spirit Kirby spends her time listening to rock'n'roll and attending political protests. In fact, as well it should be in a novel set in 1969, rock'n'roll serves as a thematic touchstone, with chapter heads and titles drawn from songs ("19th Nervous Breakdown," "Magic Carpet Ride," etc.). Max Yasgur's farm looms at the end of the summer, but Jessie will miss Woodstock, darn it.

Hilderbrand designs careful family dramas that don't overly rock the reader's boat. Jessie loses her stern old granny's valuable necklace — hooray! it's found! She gets her first period, develops a crush on a cute older boy, who responds to her, then — horror of horrors — crushes on another girl. Blair can't find a dress to fit her bulging tummy. Beautiful Kirby falls for a dazzling African American guy, his parents disapprove of their dating, but they manage to see each other anyway. Hilderbrand plays these moments against a beautiful beachy backdrop, employing a simplicity that renders them tasty and smooth as a frozen custard purchased at a seaside stand.

Speaking of beach treats, a pleasant feature of Hilderbrand's narrative is specificity about food and drink, sampled in the various boites on the island. Clothing and grooming, too, are painted in such meticulous detail that visualizing the characters is as easy as watching them on TV. Period beach-house settings are spot on: "Sliding screen doors open onto one long room with stark white walls and white beams. The furniture is modern and curvy. Against one wall is a lipstick-red sofa that looks like a woman lying on her side; it's flanked by two shell chairs, one turquoise, one electric lime green."

Oftentimes we don't hunger for a seven-course meal — oftentimes, a light repast will do. Simple, sassy, and continuously engaging, Summer of '69 fits neatly into the nostalgic reader's beach bag, right alongside the Chablis and the Coppertone. Where were you in '69? If you can remember, you weren't there. But if you can't, Hilderbrand suggests you had "White Rabbit" on the radio, a crochet bikini, and designs on that hot guy down the beach.

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The Summer of ’69 is the story of the Levin family during the year 1969 – one of the most historic years in U.S. history.  Interestingly, it is also the summer in which Hilderbrand and her twin brother were born.  This is the author’s first historic novel and hopefully will not be her last.

The story is narrated from the point of view of several members of the family and takes place in the author’s home of Nantucket.   For Jessie, the summer is the one she turns 13 and discovers love for the first time.  For Kirby, it was a summer of independence, taking time away from the family to discover Martha’s Vineyard and all that community had to offer.  The oldest sister Blair is pregnant with twins and questioning whether to stay in her marriage.  Tiger, the only son, is drafted and sent to Vietnam.  Kate, their mother, is riddled with anxiety over the safety of Tiger and carries a secret which she must disclose.

I loved The Summer of ‘69.  I remember 1969 and the significance of this time in history.  Hilderbrand approaches this book with the historical significance it deserves.

My rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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  • "The grande dame of beach reads...Hilderbrand shifts among characters with her usual ease, weaving a saga that will make you forget the dynamics of your own dysfunctional people as you crowd into a too-small vacation rental." Liz Egan, New York Times Book Review
  • "An engrossing tale of an iconic American summer" People Magazine
  • "Overall this novel is an entertaining bagatelle . . . There won't be a single transistor radio this summer on Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, nor on Madaket Beach in Nantucket. But there almost certainly will be multiple copies of Summer of '69 . It's this year's beach-reading cure for . . . the summertime blues." The Boston Globe
  • "Superb...Hilderbrand hits all the right notes about life in a tightly knit family, and this crowd-pleaser is sure to satisfy both her fans and newcomers alike." Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Hilderbrand's first foray into historical fiction will rouse curiosity in new readers as well as devotees of her annual summer smashes." Susan Maguire, Booklist
  • "Hilderbrand's characters are utterly convincing and immediately draw us into their problems, from petty to grave...To use the parlance of the period, a highly relevant retrospective." Kirkus
  • "Misunderstandings, secrets, and wrong choices are revealed in this completely satisfying novel that is the beach read of the summer, sure to appeal to Hilderbrand's fans while earning her new readers. A must buy." The Library Journal
  • "She presents another breezy yet gritty novel with Summer of '69... Simple, sassy, and continuously engaging, Summer of '69 fits neatly into the nostalgic reader's beach bag." NPR
  • "Hilderbrand's books keep getting better and better." Bookreporter
  • "With vivid descriptions of the songs, fashions and other details of the era woven throughout, it's a true nostalgia trip." AARP

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Elin Hilderbrand’s Summer of ‘69 (2019), her 25th novel, is a family drama that spans the spring and summer of 1969. The book is set on the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and historical events such as the Vietnam war, the moon landing , and Ted Kennedy’s car crash at Chappaquiddick provide a vivid backdrop. Only when the characters confront the past and accept the uncertainty of the future, can they embrace what’s most important to them. Hilderbrand revisited these characters in a long story titled Summer of ‘79 , available as an eBook.

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Hilderbrand’s Summer of ‘69 follows the Foley-Levin family, particularly its female characters, during the spring and summer of 1969. The family’s world is shaken when 19-year-old Tiger Foley is drafted into the Vietnam War. The plot follows his mother, Kate Levin , and her three daughters—Blair, Kirby, and Jessie—as they navigate personal drama and the changing times.

Using the turbulent backdrop of the Vietnam war and the civil rights and feminism movements, Hilderbrand depicts how personalities change during a family stay on the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Alternating chapters focus on the differing perspectives of Kate, 48, and her three daughters: Blair Foley Whalen , Kirby Foley , and Jessie Levin.

In the spring, Kate learns that her 19-year-old son, Tiger, has been drafted into the army and must deploy to Vietnam. Distraught, Kate thinks she’s being punished for how she treated his father, Wilder Foley. He died by suicide in 1953, and she feels responsible. Despite loving her second husband, David Levin , Kate drinks excessively. Her drinking keeps her from helping her daughters with their problems and distances her from them. Kate heads to the home of her mother, Exalta.

Kate’s youngest daughter, Jessie, is turning 13. She worries about growing up and how people feel about the fact that she’s Jewish. To feel sophisticated and powerful among her friends, she’s experimenting with shoplifting. Kirby, the middle daughter, is 20 and is working on Martha’s Vineyard to recover from a tumultuous love affair with a police officer who she discovered was married. Blair, Kate’s eldest daughter, is 24, pregnant, and debating leaving her husband, Angus Whalen—an astrophysicist whose job keeps him away (and who might be having an affair)—for his attractive younger brother, Joey.

Wilder’s infidelity haunts Kate since the couple fought over it just before his death. His lover at the time was Lorraine Crimmins, the daughter of Bill, the caretaker of the family home. Pregnant, Lorraine left Nantucket for California, where she gave birth to Pick. Bill recently brought Pick back to Nantucket because Lorraine disappeared. The two stay in a small adjacent house on the property.

Jessie starts tennis lessons at the Field and Oar Club, which she finds elitist. She worries that Exalta harbors prejudiced sentiments. When her male tennis instructor touches her inappropriately, Jessie’s powerlessness triggers the urge to shoplift. She develops a habit of shoplifting whenever she’s upset, culminating in her stealing an heirloom necklace from Exalta. When she loses it, she must talk to her grandmother, who grounds her. However, Exalta expresses sympathy for Jessie, who then stops shoplifting.

Kirby meets affluent African American Harvard student Darren Frazier, and the two fall for each other. However, Darren’s mother—the physician who diagnosed Kirby’s pregnancy several months earlier—doesn’t approve of their relationship. Kirby is afraid she’ll lose Darren if he learns her secret. When he deliberately avoids inviting her to family gatherings, Kirby suspects that Darren has hidden the fact they’re dating. No longer willing to have the secret of her past keep her captive, Kirby tells Darren everything about her relationship with officer Scottie Turbo. Darren accepts all this without judgment, but in telling the story, Kirby realizes that she can’t have another clandestine relationship, and the two break up. Kirby is sad but sure she made the right choice.

Blair worries that she’ll give birth alone because she hasn’t heard from either Angus or Joey. She starts to realize that she must act independently rather than wait for romantic rescue. Although Angus tries to visit Blair to explain his affair, he runs into Kate, who sends him away. On the day of the moon launch, Blair gives birth to their twins while Angus works at mission control. She’s excited to head into her new life as a mother, and her anger toward Angus dissipates.

As Kate’s drinking continues, David suggests that they buy a new house and distance themselves from Exalta’s influence and Kate’s past, but Kate doesn’t know how to break her cycle of self-harm. Eventually, she realizes that her former focus on propriety and keeping silent gave her no advantage, and she submits an offer on the house David likes.

Jessie and Pick kiss. Convinced that she’s in love, Jessie starts making romantic plans before Pick reveals that he has a girlfriend, Sabrina. Jessie’s sadness and anger over Pick make her consider shoplifting again, especially when she learns that another girl was sexually touched at the Club. She redirects her anger toward activism and reports the crime. When Lorraine arrives unexpectedly to retrieve Pick, Jessie tells Kate that she loves him. This prompts Kate to confess her secrets. She reveals that Pick’s father is Wilder and that she confronted him about it, triggering his death by suicide. Jessie shows Kate sympathy, realizing how desperate and lonely keeping this secret must’ve been for her mother.

Kirby is fired from her job after abandoning her shift to help protect her friend Patty from her drunken boyfriend. Darren drives Kirby to the ferry. When he kisses her in public, she decides to give their romance another chance. On the boat, she unexpectedly runs into Scottie Turbo and his pregnant wife. In a coded conversation, Kirby finally says goodbye to her old flame. At Exalta’s house, Kirby encourages Blair to talk openly with Angus. Returning from Houston, Angus tells Blair that he wasn’t having an affair as she thought. He meets with a therapist to address his thoughts of sadness and vows to communicate more honestly in the future. Blair tells him that she wants to go back to school, and they reconcile.

By Thanksgiving, the Foley-Levin world has changed for the better. Magee has joined them as Tiger’s fiancée, Jessie has a new boyfriend, and Blair and Angus are happy with their more balanced relationship. Kirby has revealed her romance with Darren to Exalta, who has become much more accepting of others’ differences since she started a new relationship with Bill. Tiger is still in Vietnam but has found a sense of purpose as a soldier. Kate surprises them all with the newly purchased house, and David carries her over the threshold like a newlywed. A new appreciation of family and true love abounds.

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed , in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

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Customers find the family saga captivating and entertaining. They also say the content is difficult to put down and enjoyable. Readers describe the historical accuracy as true to the time period and evokes a feeling of old style. They find the characters relatable and interesting. Customers praise the writing quality as well-written and accurate. They mention the historical references as fascinating and great moments in history. However, some customers feel the storyline is not terrific and not great.

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Customers find the book wonderful, enjoyable, and accurate. They also describe the author as an excellent writer and gifted storyteller. Customers also mention that the attempt is notable and commendable.

"This book is undoubtedly a good beach read . But it’s full of good history and a look back at cultural shifts in the late 1960’s...." Read more

"I really enjoyed the storylines as they crossed each other and how this book ended. Very well written and entertaining to read." Read more

"...Love beachy feel of all of Hildebrand's books. Am a fan. Difficult to put down . Love the music references." Read more

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Customers find the characters relatable and interesting. They also appreciate the backdrop of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

"I loved the different viewpoints of the characters of all different ages experiencing the same things for that last summer of the 1960s." Read more

"...and how things had changed in the subsequent 50 years. We liked the character development and how the author devoted an entire chapter at a time to..." Read more

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Customers find the writing quality of the book well-written, believable, and clean. They also say the book is a quick, interesting read that goes on fluently. Customers also mention that the book has vivid, accurate descriptions, and joyful moments that are easy to identify with.

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Customers find the historical references fascinating, transporting them back to a wonderful time in the country. They also describe the story as real and vivid, with memories of a scary time. Readers also mention that the book is a tender coming of age story set on the affluent islands.

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"... Some awe-inspiring moments but also some terrible tragedies occurred during this time.Summer of '69 had relatable characters...." Read more

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Customers find the family saga captivating, beautifully woven, and enjoyable. They also say the relationships are well thought out and enjoyable, with a happy ending. Readers also mention the plot has lots of twists and turns and is perfect for their age. They describe the characters as masterfully depicted and nostalgic for beautiful summer days.

"...It's a well-paced emotional family drama that's probably not what her readers expect, but was a refreshing change...." Read more

"...The picture of the Vineyard is perfect , including actual places. Placing Kirby there was a plus for me...." Read more

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Customers find the storyline weak, unrealistic, and cheesy. They also say the events are upsetting and unlikable. Readers also mention that the book is slow to set up the story and things get stagnant.

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  1. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    In classic Hilderbrand style, Summer of '69 revolves around the lives of several members of the Foley-Levin family and of course, Nantucket is the main setting although Martha's Vineyard gets some love in this book too. This is a summer of dramatic changes for the family as Tiger, 19, has just been drafted for Vietnam.

  2. SUMMER OF '69

    At times, the characters and the emotional core of the events are almost obscured by such quick maneuvering through the weighty plot. Dark and unsettling, this novel's end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed. 68. Pub Date: April 24, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5011-5464-5. Page Count: 368.

  3. Summer of '69

    The queen of the summer read has done it again. Elin Hilderbrand's books just keep getting better and better. Her first historical novel packs a lot of punch and rich detail, which longtime readers will know is her signature style. In SUMMER OF '69, Hilderbrand writes about the Levin family and their ups and downs, drama, intrigue and secrets.

  4. Summary and reviews of Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Book Summary. Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing.

  5. Book Review: Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Book Rating: 9/10. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston ...

  6. Review: Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand is an epic historical fiction book that will sweep its readers off their feet. Set in Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the book explores family relationships and an eventful time in U.S. history. It is a classic Hilderbrand summer novel with an exciting historical twist. Title: Summer of '69.

  7. Simple, Sassy 'Summer Of '69' Is The Perfect Beach Read

    Though Summer of '69 is not quite an epistolary novel, the letters allow Hilderbrand to be two places at once, Nantucket and 'Nam, where, it is well known, Charlie don't surf. The Week's Best ...

  8. a book review by Nancy Carty Lepri: Summer of '69

    432. Buy on Amazon. Reviewed by: Nancy Carty Lepri. Baby boomers and lovers of the Massachusetts islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket can reminisce over the year of 1969 when the younger generation was feeling their oats through free love, Woodstock, and the harsh realities of the Vietnam War. It is June 1969.

  9. Review: Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    If you've been reading here a while, you know how much I love Elin Hilderbrand. It's been a love affair since 2011 and I think it's safe to say that her books just keep getting better and better. Summer of '69 tells the story of the blended Foley-Levin family during the Summer of 1969 on Nantucket Island.

  10. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand: Book Review

    The Summer of '69 is the story of the Levin family during the year 1969 - one of the most historic years in U.S. history. Interestingly, it is also the summer in which Hilderbrand and her twin brother were born. This is the author's first historic novel and hopefully will not be her last.

  11. Book Marks reviews of Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    June 18, 2019. Fiction. It's the tumultuous summer of '69, and Jessie is stuck at her grandmother's beach house in Nantucket, without her older siblings. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.

  12. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand : All About Romance

    Summer of '69's promotional blurb intrigued me. There have been many modern novels written about that summer, but not many written from a heavily feminine point of view. But sadly, between its heavy reliance on clichés and the utter silliness of Blair's plot, the book didn't live up to its potential.

  13. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Description. Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing.

  14. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Description. Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing.

  15. Summer of '69 Summary and Study Guide

    Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69 (2019), her 25th novel, is a family drama that spans the spring and summer of 1969. The book is set on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, and historical events such as the Vietnam war, the moon landing, and Ted Kennedy's car crash at Chappaquiddick provide a vivid backdrop.Only when the characters confront the past and accept the ...

  16. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand-

    Whenever I think of beach reads, Elin Hilderbrand comes to mind. Her books are always enjoyable and provide the perfect escape to another place and time. The Summer of 69 brings you to the beautiful island of Nantucket during the summer of 1969, which happens to be a tumultuous time in our nation's history.

  17. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand Reading Guide-Book Club Discussion

    "Balcones Book Club Review of The Summer of '69" by Peggy K. (see profile) 08/12/20. Most members of the book club enjoyed the nostalgic elements of the book, the writing style, the growth of the characters from the beginning of the book and the interweaved stories of each. Criticisms...

  18. Summer of '69: Hilderbrand, Elin: 9780316463249: Amazon.com: Books

    Summer of '69. Mass Market Paperback - June 30, 2020. Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century.

  19. Review: Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand (audio)

    Title: Summer of '69 Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Erin Bennett Published: June 2019, Hachette Audio / Little, Brown & Company Length: 13 hours 34 minutes / 432 pages Source: Audio - via Hachette Audio via Libro.fm / Print - via Little Brown & Company Summary: Follow New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand back in time and join a Nantucket

  20. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand-

    Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed in New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the 20th century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a changing.

  21. Summer of '69: Hilderbrand, Elin: 9780316420013: Amazon.com: Books

    Summer of '69. Hardcover - June 18, 2019. Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing.

  22. Review: Summer of '79: A Summer of '69 Story

    Elin Hilderbrand's brief, irresistible postscript to her #1 New York Times bestselling novel Summer of '69. Catch up with Blair, Jessie, and Kirby ten years after the. summer everything changed. This "Summer of '69 story" by Elin. Hilderbrand will be published in print in spring 2021 as part of a. Dorothea Benton Frank tribute anthology.

  23. Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

    Our Book Club page for Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand- includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Author Website, Book Summary, Talking Points, Review & Reader Comments ... About; Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand- by Elin Hilderbrand. Discussion Questions . 1. One of the ways Hilderbrand brings the 1969 setting to life is by using songs as ...