The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—a spellbinding novel of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound . . .In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound as a naive eighteen year old, still reeling from the loss of her father ...

Details The Summer Wives

TitleThe Summer Wives
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Summer Wives

  • Meredith
    3.5 stars“Nobody ever says what they really mean. There is this vast fabric of tender little lies, and all the important things are unspoken. Boiling there underneath. We only bother telling the truth when it’s too small to count.”Dark secrets, lies, and betrayals set the stage for The Summer Wives. This chaotic saga is built around exclusive Winthrop Island, where the rich vacation and the locals live modest lives. The class lines create a...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Miranda has come back after eighteen years to the island where she has spent every summer since her mother married into the prestigious Fisher family. She hasn’t told anyone the reason why she has returned to Winthrop’s Island with bruises that no one mentions, but since she stays for a relatively long time, the reason can be assumed even though it might be the wrong guess.Miranda's return isn’t a welcome event even after all of this time, ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4.5 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and William Morrow for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publication July 10, 2018. Although I have heard that Beatriz Williams was a good author, I had never read her before. I do have a number of her books on my TBR list however. Now that I have read one of her books, all the rest of them need to be elevated to the top of my reading list. I found her character development to be superb. The story line was we...
  • Renee (
    I really enjoyed this book! Told in alternating time periods between 2 women, only Beatriz Williams can pull this type of narrative off SO well. I loved the setting...a little island...and how she was able to evoke the details of the time and place so that I felt I was there, sipping one of MANY cocktails with the characters in the story. I thought she weaved a fantastic story and although I may have had a tiny issue with an event at the end, it ...
  • Katie B
    Miranda Schuyler has arrived on Winthrop Island in the summer of 1951. Her mother is set to marry Hugh Fisher, and after the wedding she will be spending the summer in his home with her new stepsister, Isobel. Miranda soon realizes there are two types of people on the island, the wealthy who come to the island to stay in their vacation homes and dine at the country club, and the working class make ends meet by catering to the rich. As Isobel show...
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for this free review copy!.Set on an exclusive island of elite wealth in Long Island Sound, THE SUMMER WIVES bounces between 1930, 1951 and 1969. Williams masterfully weaves these storylines and events together while always maintaining a taut tone of romance and suspense revolving around two very different families on the island - one year-round Portuguese family and one of the wealthy New England...
  • Umut Rados
    Please find full review on my blog: love a good historical fiction full of family saga, some mysteries of the past and a bit of romance. This book is exactly that! The book is set up in several time frames, and we travel within these times back and forth. I love this type of books in which we travel in time to slowly put the whole picture together. And this book really keeps you on the edge till the VERY ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Beatriz Williams is back with another perfect summer read.Miranda Schuyler arrives on Winthrop Island in 1951 with her mother, who is about to marry Hugh Fisher. She is drawn in to a world of high class parties and money, something she knows nothing about. She ends up falling for Joseph Vargas, a fishermen on the island. This is not acceptable as there is a clear distinction between those who live on the island and those who simply spend their su...
  • Sherri Thacker
    The Summer Wives was another book by the wonderful Beatriz Williams. She can tell a story unlike anyone else and I felt like I was right back there in time! I did find myself getting confused because of so many different characters and all the different time periods and because of that I didn’t finish this book. It was just dragging too much for me. I’m very disappointed in this one. I know I’m in the minority for not loving this one.
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for this gorgeous free copy of THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams - all opinions are my own.This is my second Beatriz Williams novel and it was everything I hoped it would be: a story with mystery, murder, drama, and romance, told in alternating time periods, spanning decades with two narratives that only Williams can execute so flawlessly. Miranda Schuyler arrives at Winthrop Island ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    What I love about Beatriz Williams books are how they are all connected to the Schuyler family, one way or another. This didn't I know when I started to read the books. So, it was with delight that I discovered that the books even when they are not part of a series are in some way connected. I have yet to read Overseas, Fall of Poppies and The Forgotten Room (there is a Schuyler in this one woohoo), but I will get to them soon I hope! Also, I'm d...
  • Lauren
    This could be my favorite book of 2018 no matter what I read moving forward. This is the book you recommend to a friend when they say to you, " I need a good page turner". It is full of mystery, romance and drama. It captures you from page one and never lets you down. Of course until you finish the book and you want to read more. Don't try to explain to people what it is about just simply tell them to trust you. I do advise readers to pay attenti...
  • Catherine Faulkenburg
    I have mixed feelings about this book.First, the writing is very pretty. It's sensual, and paints evocative pictures. I forgot I was reading about a fictional place in America, it seems very European all the way through. So it's got that going for it.The conflict is also well thought out. Miranda makes an excellent main character, and the conflict of the well to do summer residents vs. the working class plays out well.The negatives: the plot kind...
  • Thekelburrows
    Someone was wrongly accused of murder! And then someone else was impregnated out of wedlock! And then someone else set fire to a building! Also something about a lighthouse! AND EVERYONE INVOLVED WAS INCREDIBLY ATTRACTIVE!
  • Donna Hines
    Miranda Schuyler arrives at Winthrop Island seeking peace after losing her dad WWII.She receives anything but peace as she deals with Elitists who make up the Winthrop Society of the rich and famous.Meanwhile the other group is the Portugese Fishermen who work hard to earn a buck on the water all day.Miranda falls for Joseph Vargas who is facing prison time and has recently escaped on the run.We start in the Summer of '51 and find ourselves on a ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This had the feel of a daytime soap opera. I’m not a fan of those, so maybe that’s why this didn’t work for me. Additionally, I didn’t feel convinced of the love affairs of the various characters, who all seemed like stereotypes. I thought the writing was ok, but the narration on the audiobook was so-so.
  • Sally Koslow
    With a sophisticated scalpel, Beatriz Williams dissects long-held passion, prejudice, and mistrust lurking in an insular (did I mention the book takes place on an island?) community with secrets that go back for generations. Pour yourself a gin and tonic, and don’t rush this ravishing novel by New England storytelling’s reigning queen. Set in the 50s and 60s, THE SUMMER WIVES offers profound relevance for today’s times, As we ask ourselves,...
  • Tracy
    I am a die-hard fan of Beatriz Williams. I've read all of her books and love them all. I love the back and forth between different times and characters as a writing style.This story was no different in that I loved the writing, the story, the setting, the time period, the characters, the sassiness of Isobel, etc. I did get a little confused at times on who was who and had to go back and re-read some parts. In the end it did all becomes clear and ...
  • Jessica
    Note to self: Edelweiss expires 7/10.
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Miranda Schuyler arrives on the exclusive Winthrop Island in Long Island for her mother's wedding to Hugh Fisher, one of the wealthiest men on the island. Miranda is only eighteen years old and isn't accustomed to this lifestyle or the people, but she slowly finds herself acclimating since her stepsister, Isobel, takes her under her wing. While on the island, she comes to realize there are the wealthy families who summer there and then there are ...
  • Kathleen
    This is a great book to read on the beach. Here we have Winthrop Island with the inevitable contrast of the wealthy owners of the big houses and the Portuguese fisherman and laborers who serve them. As for drama, there is plenty—illicit affairs, a murder, a famous actress, unrequited love, ‘convenient’ pregnancies, deathbed confessions, copious amounts of gin and so much more. As for the ‘beach’ part; there is swimming, boating, lobster...
  • Maureen Timerman
    The setting for this book is a little known exclusive island off the coast of Long Island, and the story spans decades there.The author shows us both sides of the people that live here, the wealthy summer residents, and the immigrant Portuguese’s, mainly the businesses and help. Be ready for a bit of mystery, murder, and how the population here is related to one another. There are several bombshells dropped, some of which I saw coming, but othe...
  • Cindee
    What a great story. I loved and hated so many of the characters. A great story about love, loss, redemption and “us” against “them”. I’d love to find this area and spend a summer there. It sounds magical. Beatriz Williams reminds me a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ll be checking out more of her books at my local library. I love my Book of the Month subscription it gets me reading authors I didn’t even know about.
  • Julie Daniels
    This was amazing! A top favorite for sure and a new auto-buy author. I have to have every book Beatriz Williams has written now. Immediately! It was that amazing. Review to come once I have my thoughts in order.
  • Tammy
    The Summer Wives is Beatriz Williams best book so far!! I absolutely loved it!
  • kd
    I can't believe I took the time to finish this. Ugh!
  • Cori
    This book had so many elements that worked well together and made it a book that I stayed up late to finish! There is a unique setting on an island where the class system unfortunately plays a role as we see the residents navigate summers with visitors. There is also romance (more than I expected, but it was well done) and most importantly a mystery. At times I was unsure why the author was writing about a character, but all of her words, and des...
  • Sharlene
    Quite possibly the best Beatriz Williams novel yet. I fell in love with all the characters and felt drawn into their lives. I felt their sorrows and celebrated their joys. This one kept me up reading very late, as I could not put this book down. The ending was one of the best.