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Summer of '69

Nly feels like an only child marooned in the house with her out of touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own As the summer heats up Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappauiddick a man flies to the moon and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself as she grows into her own body and mind 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 their grandmother s stately historic home But this year things are different for the Levins Blair is pregnant and unable to travel Kirby is devoted to civil rights protests Tiger has been deployed to Vietnam Jessie the youngest at thirteen years old is staying with her grandmother who is behind the times but carrying secrets The summer is filled with those historic events we ve all heard about the lunar landing Chappauiddick and all the while Jessie is growing up too Yeah I gobbled this up What a summer story with plenty of depth and insight as I would expect from Hilderbrand This particular summer was rife with events and drama in the world and so it was for the Levins too I was both engrossed and enchanted with this story I can only imagine what EH will dream up for us next summer And in the interim I have her new winter series to keep me company late this fall Always and forever a fan I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

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Ins and unable to travel Middle sister Kirby a nursing student is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests a passion which takes her to Martha's Vineyard with her best friend Mary Jo Kopechne Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier recently deployed to Vietnam Thirteen year old Jessie sudde 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 predictableview spoilerAngus s affair with Trixie TRIXIE turning out to be his psychiatrist GaspPick s biological father being Kate s first now dead husband Go figureThe alleged gun accident actually being a suicide No way hide spoiler

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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 with their grandmother in Nantucket but this year Blair the oldest sister is marooned in Boston pregnant with tw 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 starsYou 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 is the time of Beatles Abbey Road album releasingTime of the most memorable Woodstock performances with the attendance of than 35 singers including Janis Joplin The Who Grateful Dead Jefferson Airplane Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix Yes than 350 thousand rock n roll fans had their time of my their livesTime of Chappauiddick Affair yes Senator Kennedy drove into ta pound and Mary Joe Kopechne is deadTime of MOON LANDING Yesss Because of Mr Chazelle I can only imagine Gosling s one small step one giant leap for mankind If you believed they put a man on the moon lyrics capture your mind Thanks to REM and Andy Kauffman Time of ponchos moccasins love beads peace signs medallion necklaces chain belts polka dot printed fabrics and long puffed bubble sleeves Time of watching Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Midnight Cowboy Easy Rider on big screen Time of student protests rising inflation Stonewall Riot and draft lottery to determine drafts into US forces of Vietnam WarSo the author cannot choose any better time frame for telling her dysfunctional family story As you lie down on our blanket at the seaside Because this is a great summer reading when you re feeling the sea breeze on your skin watching the kids play on the sand surfers struggle against the powerful waves and start turning the pages you can actually hear some favorite Crosby Stills and Nash Rolling Stones Steppenwolf songs keep playing on your head This book gives these vibes and incredible feelings A conservative compelling dominant grandma who carries her own secret relationship48 years old mother of 4 children Kate suffering from past regrets burden of a big secret and alcoholismOlder child of the family Blair married with an astronaut that s her definition her husband Angus is not an astronaut and his name a little irritated me expecting twins resigned from her teaching job thinking her husband cheating on her with a prostitute named Trixy okay I think these names are a little awkward For backfiring him she kisses her brother in law and her husband catches them on the action Middle sister Kirby a nursing student feminist civil rights protestor having an interracial relationship but her lover s mother doesn t approve her because she knows her secret that she hides from everyone at the familyTiger is the only boy and favorite of Kate follows the footsteps of his soldier father and fights at Nam only connects with his little sister Jessie by letters and tells the ugly truths about war And little Jessie Kate s youngest daughter from another man struggling with her puberty problems and her first heartbreak She is the secret glue of their family She knows everyone s secret and she s a perfect listener and so mature for her age I rooted for her maybe the resemblance of being the youngest at the family having a better and objective point of view about everyone s problems and her close relationship with her brother as his confidante made me love her I love perfectly combined and developed characters stories and I enjoyed the spirit sensation and smartly depicted parts of the era It can be told a little shorter but still all the historical events matched impeccably with the family historyI think this is the best book of this author that I ve ever readbloginstagramfacebooktwitter


10 thoughts on “Summer of '69

  1. says:

    “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 bi

  2. says:

    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 starsYou don’t have

  3. says:

    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 realThis is my first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away I love her style of writ

  4. says:

    I think I have a like hate relationship with Elin Hilderbrand’s novelsTo put it bluntly I like Hilderbrand’s stories But I don’t like Hilderbrand’s writingA year ago I read her Winter Street series and found the en

  5. says:

    Evocative entrancing absorbingI have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for uite 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 p

  6. says:

    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 predictableview spoilerAngus's affair with Trixie TRIXIE turning out to be his psychiatrist GaspPick's biological father being Kate's first now dead husband Go figureThe alleged gun accident actually being a suicid

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 for

  9. says:

    There’s a lot going on in Summer of '69 The three sisters in the FoleyLevin 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

  10. says:

    Fun in the sun in the summer of '69 Let's see how many times I mention summer during this reviewThis 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 The story centres on one family – the blended FoleyLevin clan Every June they leave the stifling city heat of Boston for three months to vacation

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