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Review: Summer Darlings

Summer Darlings

Summer Darlings
By Brooke Lea Foster
Gallery Books, 9781982115029, May 5, 2021, 368pp.

The Short of It:

Everything you want in a summer read, a slow-burn romance, a Martha’s Vineyard setting, a 1960’s backdrop of money and glamour but also a tiny bit of deception to keep you interested.

The Rest of It:

I went into this read with an open mind and it surprised me in a lot of ways. It wasn’t a straight-up beach read, as you’ve come to expect from a cover like the one above. Summer Darlings offered quite a bit more and kept me interested very early on.

After losing her scholarship at Wellesley, Heddy must find a way to earn her tuition money quickly and the easiest way to do that is to be a nanny for one of the wealthiest families on the island. Heddy is great with children but the lifestyle is a stretch for her. She has never been surrounded by so much wealth and opulence, nor has she any experience with how social circles work.

At first she is envious of her boss. She seems to have everything, a beautiful home, an attractive husband but no matter how much money you have, things are never as perfect as they seem. Between the other inhabitants of the island and her keen observations, there is definitely trouble in paradise.

I really loved that this story had a little bit of everything. It had all the glitter and glamour you’d expect from the island rich, but there is a bit of darkness too and honestly, it caught me by surprise. Heddy is young and impressionable but she doesn’t always make good choices, which surprised me given her upbringing. Nonetheless, I found it to be a great summer read and a good kick-off to summer reading. Have you read it?

This is the first book on my 10 Books of Summer list.

Source: Borrowed
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10 Books Of Summer 2021

10 Books of Summer

Cathy from 746 Books announced her 20 Books of Summer event!

I know with all the moving that my kids will be doing between Southern California, Kansas and Missouri, I will not get to 20 books. I know this for a fact! But, I was reminded that there is a 10 or 15 book option. With my brain the way it has been even 10 sounds like a stretch but I love a good list and I love planning. 

Here are the details (loosely). Visit Cathy’s page for more info. 

  • Choose your list and share it with her when she kicks off the event.
  • When you post about it, use the hashtag #20booksofsummer21. I plan to use this hashtag for my 10 book goal as well. 
  • Runs from Tuesday, June 1 and finishes on Wednesday, September 1. 
  • In the past she has read the books and posted the reviews by the time the event ends but I won’t be doing that. Especially as August will be really busy for me between the move and also my own campus starting back up. 

Here is what I hope to read and I’ve included publication dates to keep me on track. 

10 Books of Summer 2021 - Book Chatter

Will you be joining us?