Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger

Boardwalk Summer

In this new novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what happened on that long ago summer.Santa Cruz, Summer 1940: When auburn-haired Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss California on the boardwalk of her hometown, she knows she...

Details Boardwalk Summer

TitleBoardwalk Summer
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Reviews Boardwalk Summer

  • Julie
    Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger is a 2018 William Morrow Paperbacks publication. Not your usual beach read- Summer 1940-Violet Harcourt, although married, enters a beauty contest at the urging of her friend. She never expected to win, but when she does, she's worried what her husband's reaction will be. But, despite her husband’s negativity and possessiveness, Violet is still holding on to her Hollywood dreams. But, just when she catches a ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 refreshing as a sea breeze stars to Boardwalk Summer! 🍦🎡⛱ 🎠Boardwalk Summer has two interesting timelines. Violet Harcourt, an aspiring actress and “bathing beauty” in 1940s Santa Cruz, California, and Marisol Cruz, single mom, living in 2007 Santa Cruz as well. Both stories take place during the summer with a stunning beach backdrop and all of the fun and intrigue of the Beach Boardwalk and its performers. The book opens with Vi...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a TLC Book Tour.I absolutely loved everything about this book! I was so excited to read this because it takes place in Santa Cruz, California. I just so happen to live in nearby San Jose (which is mentioned in passing a few times in the book) and have been to Santa Cruz and the boardwalk myself. It was really cool reading about a place that I was familiar with. The beach bo...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Mari, Violet, and Ricardo have a connection.No one knew about the connection until Mari decided to do some research.BOARDWALK SUMMER smoothly goes back and forth from 1940 to 2010. Violet is married, enters a beauty pageant in 1940, wins the pageant, but then relinquishes the win because only unmarried women are allowed to enter. She also gives up the crown because her abusive, controlling husband was furious. Violet then does a few unlikely and ...
  • Amy
    4.5/5Before I get into my thoughts on the book I’m so excited to share that my friend Jamie and I are starting a new collaboration and it starts today! Jamie is an avid reviewer on Goodreads and Instagram and we both read super fast and have very similar taste in books, though we don’t always agree 😜Boardwalk Summer is the first of our many planned buddy reads where I’ll be sharing my thoughts as usual but you’ll get the added bonus of...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    It's 1940 and Violet Harcourt has entered the Miss California contest. Her ultimate goal is to become an actress in Hollywood. But there's one problem. You have to be single to be Miss California and well, she isn't. She is married to Charles, a good looking and wealthy businessman who seems to be perfect, but underneath the facade is an abusive jerk. Once he finds out that Violet is competing, he is going to make her pay. Fast forward to 2007 an...
  • Elise Hooper
    Meredith Jaeger creates a compelling story that channels both the glamour and big dreams of old Hollywood with the charm and thrills of Santa Cruz’s boardwalk as two daring women risk everything to find love. Past and present meld together in unexpected ways to create a rollercoaster of mystery and adventure.
  • Betty
    I really enjoyed this book. I did not realize until after I finished the book that its author also wrote “The Dressmaker’s Dowry” which I really enjoyed. The story alternates between Violet Harcourt in the 1940s and Marisol (Mari) Cruz in 2007. Violet Harcourt was a beautiful California girl who dreamed of making it big in Hollywood. Although married at the time to an abusive, controlling husband, she entered a local beauty pageant in her h...
  • Sue
    This is a wonderful novel with a dual time line of modern day and 1940. I enjoyed both stories and loved the way that the author ended the novel.Marisol is a single mother living with her parents in Santa Cruz. As she is trying to find more about the history of her town for the historical society, she finds a picture of a woman who was trying to become an actress in 1940 but jumped to her death. There is a mystery behind Violet's death and when M...
  • Ariel
    This is a sweet story that goes back and forth in time between the 1940's to the present day. In the past Violet Harcourt is trying to break free of an abusive husband and make it in Hollywood while in 2007 Marisol Cruz is trying to make it as a single mom as she struggles to preserve town history that has importance to her family. Violet and Marisol have a lot in common as they both struggle to bury secrets from the past. They share a connection...
  • Tammy
    Boardwalk Summer is a lovely beach read full of family secrets. Alternating between the 1940's and the early 2000's, Boardwalk Summer is the story of Marisol's quest to save the historic gazebo on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As she researches the rich history of the boardwalk, she uncovers some secrets hidden by her grandfather years ago. The story is filled with Old Hollywood and history of the Santa Cruz beach.
  • Karen Macedo
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you to William Morrow. I really enjoyed this historical fiction read. It takes place in two different times lines. I like how the author touched on the immigration issue. I found it very apt considering the way things are now in this country with all the immigration issues.. Great read..
  • Cathy Daniel
    I read this in one evening! A little predictable and heavy on coincidence and almost too light , but such a sweet story and perfect ending. I actually teared up. Recommend for a good summer read :)
  • Meredith Schorr
    I was fortunate to obtain an advanced paperback of this novel. Boardwalk Summer was a delight to read! I absolutely loved the way the author weaved the past and present, and the hint of mystery kept me anxiously turning the pages. I loved the strength in both female characters, especially Violet. And I loved the romance between Mari and Jason. I will confess to bursting into tears of one point, but it was because I was truly vested in the story.
  • The Lit Bitch
    About a year ago, I read Meredith Jaeger’s book, THE DRESSMAKERS DOWRY, which was her debut novel. For a debut novel, it was good but needed a little more polish to shine.When this book came up for review, not only was I in love with the cover, but I was eager to see in what ways her writing had grown.The other reason I decided to review this novel was the location. As a teenager, I was fascinated by California beach culture. I loved the carefr...
  • Linda Zagon
    IMG_4252MY REVIEW OF “BOARDWALK SUMMER” BY Meredith Jaeger William Morrow, June 18, 2018I loved everything about “Boardwalk Summer” by Meredith Jaeger. Kudos to Meredith Jaegar for writing such a captivating, intriguing, riveting, mesmerizing, and romantic story. The author is an amazing storyteller and her detailed vivid descriptions of two timelines in history is memorable. There are layers in this story, and like a puzzle, when you put...
  • Karen M
    This book pulled me in with the “historical” POV until around 3/4 of the way through the book and then I found myself shaking my head. Sadly, the last quarter of the book, in my opinion, did not live up to the beginning of the book.Many girls went to Hollywood only to end up taking jobs that slowly disintegrated their moral character. Too few jobs, too many beautiful girls, too many men more than willing to take advantage of them. Girls who h...
  • Jamie
    4.5 Magical Flying Unicorn Stars!I am so glad this is what my friend Amy (novelgossip) and I chose for our first buddy read together as #ninjatwins! I’m also glad that Amy was a bit ahead of me the whole time so I could share my theories with her without spoiling anything - and I had a lot of theories on this one - some correct, some not so much!I have always been a fan of dual narratives and dual timelines and love to see how the timelines com...
  • Jen
    Just went I thought I was getting burnt out on 40’s era fiction, Meredith Jaeger walks in with this gem of a novel. Told from dual narratives- Violet in 1940 and Mari in 2006- Jaeger reveals a story of strength and determination. Marisol is a single mom from a family of Mexican descent. Violet married into a wealthy gilded cage. Taking place in beautiful Santa Cruz, how one beauty pageant winner with stars in her eyes is connected to a family f...
  • Bloss ♡
    Don’t be fooled by the lovely cover.Another reviewer said this book was “geared to reluctant readers” and I think that’s the best way to describe it. Its started out summery and the location was excellent but it quickly went downhill and became dark and then spun off in the direction of pure nonsense. It’s trendy/ trite in that there are loads of less-than-subtle social justice crusading throughout, there is a domestic violence plot and...
  • Pam
    3.5 Historical fiction lovers will enjoy this one. It’s dual timelines and there is a good mystery. My issue was for the first half of book or so I had trouble connecting to Violet and understanding why she wanted fame so much. But her story definitely evolved and I became much more interested. I do admit to some skimming.
  • Aida Alberto
    I received an ARC of this book and all opinions are my own. Meredith Jaeger writes unputdownable stories drenched in emotions. The story practically leaps off the pages in its vividness. Don't pass up this amazing book. Happy reading!
  • Laura Lee
    Violet is a beauty queen looking to escape an abusive husband in 1940. Mari is a young Hispanic single mother in 2007 struggling to make ends meet. Their stories intersect. A quick beach read.
  • Dawn
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely loved this story! I liked how the chapters alternated between Violet's story in 1940 and Marisol's story in 2007. It kept the story interesting and moved along nicely. I loved reading about the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I have visited there several times and could picture it in my mind. The main characters were interesting and likeable. This was an easy a...
  • Lori
    I loved this book. Santa Cruz holds a very special place on my soul and this book had me feeling like I was right there on the Boardwalk.
  • Laura
    Boardwalk Summer was a great summer vacation read. I took it with me for the long drive to visit my sister in Iowa. Boardwalk summer had everything I love in a novel – I love two points of view modern day and historical. I love a good mystery and I especially love great characters. I found this book very engaging.In 1940, Violet Harcourt is unhappily married to Charles in beautiful Santa Cruz California. Their marriage started off wonderful, bu...
  • Kathy Rhode
    I could have rated this a little higher. I had a hard time getting into it but then really liked it and couldn’t wait to see how these two main characters were connected.
  • Erin
    I really wanted to like this book. It has a lovely cover and features Santa Cruz, a city I enjoyed greatly when I lived in California, because the boardwalk was like a smaller version of what we have here in NJ. However, the writing is sophomoric- what I usually refer to as "geared for the reluctant reader", as well as filled with historical inaccuracy and left-wing bullshit. Right from the opening, I was annoyed with selfish characters entering ...
  • Reeca Elliott
    This story rotates between the present and the past. It follows Marisol, a single mother, who is trying to save the historic gazebo in her home town. She uncovers an obituary about Violet Harcourt. Violet was a beauty queen who died tragically. Violet had a strong connection with Marisol’s grandfather and Marisol is determined to find out how strong!First off…COVER LOVE! Isn’t this cover just wonderful!There are some good and some bad about...
  • Shelley
    If I have to hear Abuela/abuelo one more time!. We know you are Mexican and appreciate the culture but there are many other Spanish words to explain the culture. Very simple, definitely a Summer read. Not very satisfying story but as I said.. simple Summer read!