Summary

The New York Times best-selling novel.
Rhode Island, 1938. A sweltering summer of secrets, passion and betrayal.... "I wish I could remember more. I wish I had taken down every detail, because I didn't see him again until the summer of 1938; the summer the hurricane came and washed the world away...."
Lily Dane has returned to the exclusive enclave of Seaview, Rhode Island, hoping for an escape from the city and from her heartbreak. What she gets instead is the pain of facing newlyweds Budgie and Nick Greenwald - her former best friend and former fiancé.
During lazy days and gin-soaked nights, Lily is drawn back under Budgie's glamorous and enticing influence, and the truth behind Budgie and Nick's betrayal of Lily begins to emerge. And as the spectre of war in Europe looms, a storm threatens to destroy everything....
©2013 Beatriz Williams (P)2013 Penguin Random House LLC
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Critic reviews

"Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge.... a perfect storm." (Good Housekeeping)
"Williams' historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read." (RT Book Reviews top pick)
"[A] fast-paced love story...the scorching sun illuminates a friend's betrayal and reignites a romance." (O, The Oprah Magazine)
"A candidate for this year's best beach read - the period story of a derailed love affair seen through a sequence of summers" (Kirkus Book Reviews)
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5 out of 5 stars
By sarah on 20-01-16

loved loved loved it!

just bursting with character, twists, love, jealousy.. this is a torturous page turner that has left me pining for them all now that it's over.

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4 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 16-08-15

You can't pick your family

Lily has fallen in love, but her parents and community try to sabotage the relationship as Nic is Jewish. Lily is the dutiful daughter and as each chapter goes from present day to six years ago, we slowly learn what happened to the relationship and how friends and parents aren't all they seem.

A very engrossing ending, as you feel as if you are trapped in the hurricane with them, and don't quite know who'll survive.

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