Memorial Day weekend, 1938 finds Lily Dane and her family back in their idyllic and unchanging summer community Seaview, Rhode Island. Lily is somewhat happily resigned to spending another quiet summer with her six year old sister until she discovers news that takes her breath away. After years away her ex-best friend, Budgie is coming to reclaim her family home joined by her husband, Lily’s ex-fiance.
Matters grow more complicated as we come to learn that Budgie is one of those friends that one might be better off not having. She tends to draw trouble like a lightning rod though (perhaps a sad, drunken lightning rod.) and it may be that she doesn’t actually like Lily all that much. A fact that Lily probably knows well enough.
It is Nick Greenwald, the ex-fiance, that truly broke Lily’s spirit Tall, handsome, intelligent, wealthy and compassionate and now someone else’s husband.
Though it becomes clear that things are not as they seem it is not until the end of the book that the depths of misunderstanding, and deliberate obfuscation become apparent.
Sling this into your beach bag and while the hours away.
Jaime Bohler does a great spotlight on this book and the author here
And for a particularly good review of the audiobook I would encourage you to read Literary Hoarders Review here
You can buy A Hundred Summers from Amazon, your local bookstore or perhaps borrow it from your library.