Reviews and Playlist for A Hundred Summers


“A fast-paced love story…the scorching sun illuminates a friend’s betrayal and reignites a romance.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“Perfect for fans of the Gossip Girl series.” — People

“Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge in a New England beach community. Add in a betrayal between friends, a marriage for money, and a Yankee pitcher, and it’s a perfect storm.” — Good Housekeeping

“Williams’ historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read.” — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

“A candidate for this year’s best beach read — the period story of a derailed love affair seen through a sequence of summers at Seaview, R.I.” — Kirkus Book Reviews

“Smart, delicious writing… Williams adds a signature touch of historic drama.” — Library Journal

“Williams’ sweeping saga of betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption trenchantly examines the often duplicitous nature of female friendships and family friendships.” — Booklist

A Hundred Summers delivers swoons and intrigue against the backdrop of the 1938 New England hurricane….Williams evokes the era effortlessly and delights in ripping the rug out from under the reader just when the riddles seem easiest to solve. Filled with delicious scandals, catty socialites, and true love, this beach read deserves pride of place in every vacationer’s tote bag.”— Shelf Awareness

A Hundred Summers sparkles like the New England summer sun. A brilliantly told tale of love lost and found, of friendship, and of family ties that strangle… Definitely a book for my keeper shelf.” — Karen White New York Times-bestselling author of Sea Change

“Novels as masterfully done as A Hundred Summers come along only about that often. Beatriz Williams delivers an intricately woven tale of friendship, betrayal, old families, and closely guarded secrets. It is what every beach book should aspire to be — smart and engrossing.” — Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Beautiful Day

A Hundred Summers


Music, like every other form of art in the years between the wars, reflected the roiling currents of social and economic change transforming the world. But it also yearned for a sense of permanence, for the eternal comforts of true love and seasons past. Enjoy this selection of Gerschwin, Basie, Goodman, Fitzgerald, Ellington, and others — as Lily, Budgie, Nick, and Graham do throughout A HUNDRED SUMMERS.