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Summer of ’69

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. 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 30 miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

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Anonymous says:

Wanted to Love Book BUT… EDITED TO CORRECT A MAJOR ERROR: Somehow I got the impression that this was a debut novel. Put simply, I WAS WRONG and apologize profusely. Funny thing is, when I saw the author’s photograph, I remember thinking, “I seem to remember her.” Since I now know she is an experienced and highly successful writer, I am holding fast to my rating of three stars. Glad I didn’t decide to round up to four stars based on my erroneous belief. I do hasten to add that, I am confident, fans of this writer will…

Anonymous says:

Inconsistent 2.5 STARSAmid the war in Vietnam, the summer of 1969 brought the moon landing, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock. With a son Tiger fighting in Nam, college age Kirby working on Martha’s Vineyard, eldest daughter Blair pregnant with twins back in Boston, Kate only has thirteen-year-old Jessie with her at her mom’s Nantucket summer home.SUMMER OF ‘69 isn’t one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novels. Her first historical fiction novel felt more modern than fifty years ago…

Anonymous says:

Sorry, Not My Favorite I have read all of Ms Hilderbrand’s books, and while this one includes Martha’s Vineyard in addition to the usual Nantucket setting, it was the characters that had less appeal for me. I have a long history of life on the Vineyard, and I could feel the excitement driving over the Sagamore Bridge to the Cape to begin a summer interlude. The picture of the Vineyard is perfect, including actual places. Placing Kirby there was a plus for me. The feel of both islands, the fact that little changes…

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