Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer of '69

Follow New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand back in time and join a Nantucket family as they experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a 1960s summer.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, ...

Details Summer of '69

TitleSummer of '69
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Summer of '69

  • Melissa
    “People are people.”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 Nantuck...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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: 1969This...
  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    Wow I just really loved this book, I certainly didn't want it to end. I rarely say that about a book as I am usually ready for it to wrap up, but not this one. I found myself completely immersed in their story and it felt so real.This is my first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away. I love her style of writing and I truly felt like I wasn't reading, I got swept up and lost in the world of a summer in Nantucket. It probably d...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 ...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    Summer of ‘69 is my first book I read by Elin Hilderbrand and I have to say it was the perfect one to start with. It’s already coming up to the end of summer and we haven’t had any summer weather and I really enjoyed being swept away to the sun in Nantucket. The cover alone took me to my happy summer place. Elin Hilderbrand weaves a historical fiction, family drama with a beach read that was the perfect summer read for me. She vividly creat...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Evocative, entrancing, & absorbing!I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite a while now and I am so glad that I finally followed through and read my very first book by her. This is some fine storytelling here. I totally loved the dynamics between the characters, was full-heartedly entranced by the setting, enraptured by the premise, and had a deep fondness for the whole story in general. SUMMER OF ‘69 by ELIN HILDERBR...
  • NZLisaM
    Fun in the sun in the summer of '69.(Let's see how many times I mention summer during this review).This was the embodiment of the feel-good summer read, without being sappy or melodramatic. I've been waiting all year for its release and it was everything I imagined, and more.The story centres on one family – the blended Foley/Levin clan. Every June they leave the stifling city heat of Boston for three months, to vacation at their grandmother's ...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    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-Lev...
  • Yun
    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 f...
  • Maxwell
    I can't stand books that don't respect the reader. If you have to explicitly state things or hint so strongly at something you're going to end up telling me about in five pages, why bother? Every twist and turn in this novel is so predictable.(view spoiler)[Angus's "affair" with Trixie (TRIXIE?!?) turning out to be his psychiatrist? Gasp!Pick's biological father being Kate's first, now dead, husband? Go figure!The alleged gun accident actually be...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Elin Hilderbrand states that her twin brother has always encouraged her to explore the summer they were born in one of her novels. Summer of 69 is that novel and sweeps readers back to Nixon, Vietnam, Senator Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick scandal, women's issues, Woodstock, racial equality, class differences, the Moon landing ...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4 stars! And maybe, just maybe, this summer will end up being one that people write songs about. Is it really summer if you don't read an Elin Hilderbrand book? I truly look forward to her books every single summer and this one did not disappoint!It's 1969 and the Levin family is ready to go to Nantucket where they go every summer. Before that though, their worst nightmare happened - their son, Tiger, was drafted and sent to the Vietnam war and t...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    Well I’m an outlier again with this review. I've found that Elin Hilderbrand is a hit or miss author for me over the years. I've loved a few of her books...Barefoot, The Rumor, The Blue Bistro, and A Summer Affair but not loved many others as well. This one, unfortunately, falls into the latter category. ⠀⠀The set up was enticing to start off. We hear about Tiger, favorite son of Kate and brother of Jessie (youngest), Kirby (middle) and Bla...
  • Literary Soirée
    INTOXICATING!“Summer does something to the brain. It’s intoxicating. Everything shimmers." So says a character in Summer People, a previous novel by Hilderbrand, which captures the essence of her entire oeuvre. ENGAGING BACKSTORYI’ve devoured every book she’s written, so taken with her addictive stories set on Nantucket. Her own backstory is engaging, including how she came to the island, her education at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her...
  • Carrie
    Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a historical fiction novel that follows the Levin family during the summer of 1969. Of course with the book focusing on the various family members in this family the point of view does change between them.For years the Levin family has spent summers in Nantucket visiting their grandmother’s historic home. This year however the family is being pulled apart in their own directions. Tiger, the only son, has b...
  • Monika Sadowski
    I wasn’t sure if I should give 3 or 4 stars. The book started good but then I got bored but then I wanted to know how it finished. I guess it’s just a light, summer reading :)
  • Tammy
    Summer reading at its best!! I enjoy reading her novels and this little historic charmer, her first, was absolutely amazing! ❤ Summer reading at its best!! I enjoy reading her novels and this little historic charmer, her first, was absolutely amazing! ❤️
  • Toni
    The year ‘Nineteen hundred sixty-nine,’ 1969, was a busy year for the United States of America; and as such, was no different for the combined families of Nichols, Foley, Levin and Whalen, all under the matriarchal umbrella of Exalta Nichols. Since Exalta was such a stickler for tradition the family prepares to pack up and move out to Nantucket for the summer, regardless that the 3rd Monday of June is Jessie’s 13th birthday, or that Kate is...
  • Tammy
    It just isn't summer without a new Elin Hilderbrand book! Summer of '69 was a wonderful departure from her normal contemporary/women's fiction genre. I loved that this story was set against the backdrop of so many important issues and events from that summer. I highly recommend!
  • Myrna
    Another wonderful story from Elin Hilderbrand! With interesting characters, a great storyline, and historical events, you feel as though you’ve been transported back to ‘69. This is a great book to read by the pool but it does have more serious issues of politics, race, family, and secrets. Elin has a great connection to the summer of ‘69 that inspired the book.
  • Zoe
    Relevant, vivid, and absorbing!Summer of ’69 is a nostalgic, domestic tale that takes us back to the idyllic island of Nantucket during a year when Vietnam was still raging, and Apollo 11 was finally going to put men on the moon, and into the lives of the blended Foley-Levin family as they navigate a summer of revelations, change, and new additions.The writing is expressive and polished. The characters are genuine, troubled, and sympathetic. An...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    I have not read a book by Hilderbrand that I did not fall in love with. This was a great summer read and the characters were so real. I loved the way everyone's situations turned out. I recommend this 4 star read and I want to thank my best friend for sharing it with me. Book Of The Month books are so worth it. They never have a bad book.
  • Laurene
    3.5 stars. A great beachy summer read. "People are people."
  • Amy
    It’s officially summer now that I’ve read the new EH book! Seriously, it truly doesn’t feel like summertime for me until I get my hands on her latest book and I did consider waiting to read this until my actual summer vacation, but who am I kidding, I have no willpower when it comes to her books. I’m so glad I didn’t make myself wait either because this was exactly the right book to get me into a summer vacation state of mind.I was just...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    2.5 STARSAmid the war in Vietnam, the summer of 1969 brought the moon landing, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock. With a son Tiger fighting in Nam, college age Kirby working on Martha’s Vineyard, eldest daughter Blair pregnant with twins back in Boston, Kate only has thirteen-year-old Jessie with her at her mom’s Nantucket summer home.SUMMER OF ‘69 isn’t one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novels. Her first historical fiction novel felt more m...
  • Kristy
    Every year Kate Levin and her family spend the summer on Nantucket with Kate's mother, Exalta. But this summer is different. Kate's eldest, Blair, 24, is now married to a MIT professor named Angus Whalen and they're expecting their first baby in August. As such, Blair won't be on Nantucket this summer. Middle sister, Kirby, is a junior in college and spending the summer on Martha's Vineyard. Her only son, Tiger, recently deployed to Vietnam, whic...
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    “𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚊𝚢𝚋𝚎, 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚢𝚋𝚎, 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚞𝚙 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝.” — 𝙴𝚕𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍, 𝚂𝚞𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 '𝟼𝟿Another summer favorite of 2019! I fell...
  • ☕️Hélène⚜️
    Ok! a 3 stars. Not a page turner it’s a soft summery read. It’s based on the year I was born, that’s cool. Found out stuff I didn’t know so that was educational. The characters the one I didn’t like at all Nonny the grandma even if at the end she mellowed a leopard can’t change his spots. The ones I like is Kirby a strong woman and Jessie too. The were ok.This was a read for the Quarterly book exchange so it will be sent to next perso...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    LOVED IT. My favorite Hilderbrand novel yet ❤ LOVED IT. My favorite Hilderbrand novel yet ❤️