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08/16/2019   |   by admin

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

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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316420018
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (June 13, 2019)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Book summary 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.

Praise for Summer of ’69:

“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.”

“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

“With vivid descriptions of the songs, fashions and other details of the era woven throughout, it’s a true nostalgia trip.”―AARP

Praise for The Perfect Couple:

“A quintessential summer read.”

“One of this summer’s must-reads that is all at once quick paced, compulsively readable, and thought provoking. An entertaining yet observant look at the surprising secrets that can fester and erupt in marriage.”―Patriot-Ledger

“a fantastic and clever whodunit that keeps readers in suspense throughout the entire book…Hilderbrand’s books keep getting better and better as they’re well thought out and meticulously written.”―Bookreporter

More than anything else, it’s the people Elin Hilderbrand brings to life among her pages that have me chomping at the bit for her annual June (and now October!) releases. And while many authors contribute to this genre space, for me it is Hilderbrand’s smart and often relatable approach to the “beach read” that has become synonymous with summer. Her work eliciting an eager reader ready to jump on a ferry to Nantucket for a dose of scenery, local eats, and unparalleled people. People who bare their hearts and truths as if we’ve always been the closest of friends. As if we’re all local Nantucketers.

Last year, Hilderbrand pulled off quite the feat with the delivery of her first suspense novel, The Perfect Couple. A book that not only proved to be one of her strongest yet, but earned a coveted spot among my very favorites. And this year, continuing that trend of branching out, Hilderbrand takes a stab at historical fiction, transporting readers to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard during the pivotal summer of 1969. A time that’s near and dear to Hilderbrand’s family; the very summer she and her twin brother said hello to the world providing inspiration.

Summer of ’69 brings readers into the lives of the Levin/Foley family for what is poised to be a defining time. Not only for the family but for the nation as a whole.

The story opens with a jarring prologue, which sets the tone for the summer months ahead. Tiger, the only Levin son, has been called to war and deployed to the front lines of Vietnam. Tiger in an infantry uniform, Blair—the oldest sister—in Brookline expecting her first child and Kirby—the middle sister—determined to experience life on Martha’s Vineyard, means thirteen-year-old Jessie—the youngest sister—is on her own. Left to spend the summer with her distracted mother, Kate, and overbearing grandmother, Exalta, in the family’s Nantucket summer home, All’s Fair.

Just about everyone is on the precipice of change as told through alternating chapters. Kate and each of her three daughters take turns examining their views on life, exposing their deepest secrets to the light of day and plucking the strings of the complicated dynamics of the relationships at their fingertips. The culmination of their stories and life lessons hit home with the notion, “people are people”.

This intriguing piece of fiction, set amongst actual events—the Vietnam War, Nixon’s tumultuous tenure, Apollo 11, and the Chappaquiddick incident—surprisingly enough, offered this 80’s born woman a bit of a history lesson. And while I wouldn’t say this reads as tried and true historical fiction, it still has a very contemporary feel, Hilderbrand is successful in turning back the hands of time while remaining true to her brand. New and longtime fans are sure to enjoy this summer escape to Nantucket.

*Thanks to Mitchell’s Book Corner and Elin Hilderbrand for making it possible for me to add a personalized copy to my collection. ♥

4 full, family drama, sisterhood, entertaining, amazing journey to the end of sixties while listening Man on the moon and singing “those were the best days of my life” as like Bryan Adams sang stars!

You don’t have to be Marty McFly by driving a special car is invented by your Dr. Brown for time travelling. Elin Hilderbrand already takes us back to the end of sixties, a remarkable, memorable time for American and also human history: 1969

This is the time of Beatles’ Abbey Road album releasing,

Time of the most memorable Woodstock performances with the attendance of more than 35 singers including Janis Joplin, The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix. ( Yes more than 350 thousand rock n roll fans had their time of my their lives)

Time of Chappaquiddick Affair , yes Senator Kennedy drove into ta pound and Mary Joe Kopechne is dead!

Time of MOON LANDING! Yesss! Because of Mr. Chazelle, I can only imagine Gosling’s one small step, one giant leap for mankind! (If you believed they put a man on the moon lyrics capture your mind! Thanks to R.E.M. and Andy Kauffman )

Time of ponchos, moccasins, love beads, peace signs, medallion necklaces, chain belts, polka dot-printed fabrics, and long, puffed “bubble” sleeves !

Time of watching “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “Easy Rider” on big screen !

Time of student protests, rising inflation, Stonewall Riot and draft lottery to determine drafts into US forces of Vietnam War!

So the author cannot choose any better time frame for telling her dysfunctional family story. As you lie down on our blanket at the seaside ( Because this is a great summer reading when you’re feeling the sea breeze on your skin, watching the kids play on the sand, surfers struggle against the powerful waves) and start turning the pages, you can actually hear some favorite Crosby, Stills and Nash, Rolling Stones. Steppenwolf songs keep playing on your head. This book gives these vibes and incredible feelings.

A conservative, compelling, dominant grandma who carries her own secret relationship,

48 years old mother of 4 children, Kate, suffering from past regrets, burden of a big secret and alcoholism,

Older child of the family, Blair, married with an astronaut ( that’s her definition, her husband Angus is not an astronaut and his name a little irritated me), expecting twins, resigned from her teaching job, thinking her husband cheating on her with a prostitute named Trixy ( okay, I think these names are a little awkward!) For backfiring him she kisses her brother in law and her husband catches them on the action!

Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, feminist, civil rights protestor, having an interracial relationship but her lover’s mother doesn’t approve her because she knows her secret that she hides from everyone at the family.

Tiger, is the only boy and favorite of Kate, follows the footsteps of his soldier father and fights at Nam, only connects with his little sister Jessie by letters and tells the ugly truths about war!

And little Jessie, Kate’s youngest daughter from another man, struggling with her puberty problems and her first heartbreak. She is the secret glue of their family. She knows everyone’s secret and she’s a perfect listener and so mature for her age! I rooted for her maybe the resemblance of being the youngest at the family, having a better and more objective point of view about everyone’s problems and her close relationship with her brother as his confidante made me love her more!

I love perfectly combined and developed characters’ stories and I enjoyed the spirit, sensation and smartly depicted parts of the era.

It can be told a little shorter but still all the historical events matched impeccably with the family history.

I think this is the best book of this author that I’ve ever read!

To say I’ve been ecstatic to read Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical fiction book is an understatement. Last summer, she wrote her first murder mystery, and this summer she brings us Summer of ‘69. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Expect the stories the Nantucket stories we’ve known and loved from our beloved EH, but this time, with a historic backdrop.

The Levin family spends its summers on Nantucket, and everyone looks forward to it. They stay at their grandmother’s stately, historic home. But this year, things are different for the Levins.

Blair is pregnant and unable to travel. Kirby is devoted to civil rights protests. Tiger has been deployed to Vietnam. Jessie, the youngest at thirteen years old, is staying with her grandmother who is behind-the-times, but carrying secrets.

The summer is filled with those historic events we’ve all heard about: the lunar landing, Chappaquiddick, and all the while, Jessie is growing up, too.

Yeah, I gobbled this up! What a summer story with plenty of depth and insight, as I would expect from Hilderbrand. This particular summer was rife with events and drama in the world, and so it was for the Levins, too. I was both engrossed and enchanted with this story. I can only imagine what EH will dream up for us next summer?! And in the interim, I have her new winter series to keep me company late this fall! Always and forever a fan!

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

It’s not officially summer for me until I’ve read an Elin Hilderbrand book by the pool or sitting on the beach so luckily for me, I was able to read this one Memorial Day weekend, poolside, with a fruity beverage in hand. Hilderbrand’s first historical novel was everything that I’ve come to expect from the queen of the summer novel and more.

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. His mother Kate is obviously overcome with worry and grief.

Kate’s daughters, Blair, 24, Kirby, 20, and Jesse, who just turned 13 (and is the daughter of her second husband David) also face their own considerable life changes this summer as each of their stories intertwine in some way. It’s through these sister’s voices, Kate’s, and letters exchanged by Tiger and Jesse this story is told. Every character is so real, wholly persuasive, and each of their issues becomes ones I cared about no matter how big or small.

Blair is pregnant with twins and miserable as she smokes cigarettes and drinks to get rid of morning sickness (really how are any of us ’70s babies alive?). Her husband Angus is a brilliant astrophysicist working  24/7 on the Apollo 11 moon landing, leaving her lonely and alone.

Kirby, the family rebel known for her political protesting, forgoes the summer stay on Nantucket for a job at a hotel on Martha’s Vineyard where she meets the rich and famous, people like Teddy Kennedy, who crashes his car off Chappaquiddick Island that fateful summer. Then her romantic troubles keep causing her difficulties.

Jesse is closest to Tiger and besides wanting to grow up faster, she most looks forward to his letters from Vietnam. He’s the one she shares her secrets with as she finds first love over the summer. Yet, she’s not completely happy, thanks to Exalta, her tough as nails grandmother who casts a judgemental gaze on everything and everyone.

Kate is the voice I most identified with: the mother, the one worried her son wouldn’t come back from war while also worried about her other kids. She’s a compelling character who showed the realism of being a mom―strength and weakness but always love for her children.

Hilderbrand has woven together the historical moments from that summer using her trademark style that has never let me down as a reader (make sure you read the author’s notes about the inspiration for the story!), and it’s just a perfect read.

Summer of ’69 is nostalgic, poignant, retrospective, and packed with details that made the novel feel vivid and alive for me, a time I’ve heard, watched movies, and read about but was almost a decade before I was born! I laughed and oh, did I cry while reading this. It’s out on 6/18th and if you haven’t already pre-ordered it, then you need to. It’s the definitive summer of 2019 read!

**Thank you Little, Brown, and Company for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.**

There’s a lot going on in Summer of ’69. The three sisters in the Foley/Levin family are each embroiled in their own worries. The eldest sister is pregnant while her husband is emotionally unavailable and potentially unfaithful, the middle sister is striking out on her own but running into trouble, and the youngest is stuck in Nantucket with her unyieldingly conservative grandmother and her increasingly tipsy mother. Their brother is overseas fighting the war in Vietnam, and their mother is increasingly distraught over this, driving herself to oblivion with alcohol to ease the pain.

But all these issues are treated rather superficially in the book. They feel somewhat contrived (and a tad boring, if I’m honest), and their resolutions are all standard stuff. One of the hooks for this book is that people are keeping secrets, but I didn’t feel any surprise or shock when those are revealed. They all feel rather pedestrian. For a book about females during the feminist revolution, I had hoped that there would be strong female characters for me to cheer for, but that was disappointing too. All the women in here mostly just took what life and men handed to them. Sure, that probably is true to the times of the 1960s, but it didn’t make for a very compelling read (at least to me).

One of Elin Hilderbrand’s strength is her writing, and in that respect, she remains in top form. This story is easy to get into and I found myself flipping the pages even though the story itself wasn’t as riveting. I went into Summer of ‘69thinking it would be the perfect beachy blend of family drama and secrets, summertime in Nantucket, and growing up during the awakening of the feminist movement. But coming out of the book, I feel only lukewarm about it. While it wasn’t a bad story, it just wasn’t as exciting or as insightful as I wanted it to be.

About author Elin Hilderbrand

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.

Genres: Romance, General Fiction, Historical

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