Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
Updated: Apr 10
★★ (Mama Scale)
Nestled along the coast of New England, Winthrop Island is a premiere summer destination. But, what lies beneath the surface is a little more convoluted than its shiny exterior.
This book sat nestled within my Kindle for a long time. I've loved other Beatriz William's books, so when I saw the Kindle deal come through, I snatched up the ebook thinking it was a slam dunk. I was wrong...
WHAT I LOVED: This genre. Historical fiction meets mystery, scandal, and intrigue. It had all the hallmarks of a really intriguing story. I especially loved Miranda's character. She had a rich history with both the island and its people and she had a big heart for making sure the right decisions were made. She cared deeply, but understood that sometimes she had to do something big and ruffle a few feathers in order to elicit any change.
WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE: Oh... ugh... so much. (tear) I really wanted to love this book. The first few chapters were super intriguing and really well written. The set up was dynamite, but what exploded after was anything but good. First, I COULD NOT STAND Bianca's character. She is totally taken advantage of and totally OK with it. Her relationship with Hugh, overall, was really hard to handle. I skipped over a big portion of it because it was too much. Second, the 1950's language. I get what Williams was trying to accomplish with this historical "accuracy" but honestly it ended up taking away from the story rather than adding to it. Third, the dual storylines. Again, I understand the intention, giving us pieces of each story in order to unravel the plot, but I think you could've skipped Bianca's story all-together. The entire book would've been better residing solely on Miranda's shoulders.
Overall, a great attempt at an intriguing story, but nothing to write home about.
Nah. Unless you really like William's story tropes and style of writing.
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