Summer of '69 [E–pub/Pdf]
Nd New and longtime White Water fans are sure to enjoy this summer escape to Nantucket Thanks to Mitchell s Book Corner and Elin Hilderbrandor making it possible The Slave Dancer for me to add a personalized copy to my collection To say I ve been ecstatic to read Elin Hilderbrand sirst historical Special Agent fiction book is an understatement Last summer she wrote herirst murder mystery and this summer she brings us Summer of 69 Expect the stories the Nantucket stories we ve known and loved Sleep with the Fishes from our beloved EH but this time with a historic backdrop The Levinamily spends its summers on Nantucket and everyone looks The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History forward to it They stay at their grandmother s stately historic home But this year things are differentor 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 illed 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 rom Hilderbrand This particular summer was rife with events and drama in the world and so it was A World on Fire for the Levins too I was both engrossed and enchanted with this story I can only imagine what EH will dream upor us next summer And in the interim I have her new winter series to keep me company late this Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life fall Always andorever a an I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be ound on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom Evocative entrancing absorbingI have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate for uite a while now and I am so glad that Iinally The Oxford New Greek Dictionary followed through and read my veryirst book by her This is some The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece fine storytelling here I totally loved the dynamics between the characters wasull heartedly entranced by the setting enraptured by the premise and had a deep The New Job Security fondnessor the whole story in general SUMMER OF 69 by ELIN HILDERBRAND is a nostalgic The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) fun touching moving and breezy domestic tale that totally enchanted me I was immediately hooked andully absorbed within this storyline Being born in 1966 I absolutely loved being transported back to a place in time and era that totally came alive The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis for me It was extremely easy to visualize and experience place and time perfectly through the words expressed here Loved that ELIN HILDERBRAND delivers an intriguing vivid atmospheric beautifully written and retrospective tale here that has woven together some historical moments perfectly into an easy breezy summer read with heart I really loved the tone andlow of this novel It was like sitting down with a good The Jumbee friend on a relaxing summery day while they relayed to me their story Norma s StatsCover Aeel good happy summery and lively cover that depicts this time period and storyline perfectlyTitle Intriguing appealing emotive relevant and a simply beautiful representation to storylineWritingProse Compulsively readable expressive prolific engaging and dramatic Plot Dynamic steadily paced To Helvetica and Back fun captivating nostalgic heartfelt relevant and entertainingEnding A beautiful and heartfelt ending that left meeeling totally satiatedOverall I thought this was the perfect summer read and absolutely loved reading the authors note in the end where I Simple Art of Greatness found out where the inspiration behind the story camerom That just brought in an extra Where the Heart Waits feeling of respect meaning and warmthor the novel or me Would highly recommendThis review along with Brenda s can also be ound on our blog 4 A Burglar's Guide to the City fullamily 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 driving a special car invented by your Dr Brown The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth for time travelling Elin Hilderbrand already takes us back to the end of sixties a remarkable memorable timeor 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 American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago 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 leapor 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 abrics 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 orces of Vietnam WarSo the author cannot choose any better time Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul frameor telling her dysfunctional Spain in Mind family story As you lie down on our blanket at the seaside Because this is a great summer reading when you reeeling 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 The Inheritance: Part 1 favorite Crosby Stills and Nash Rolling Stones Steppenwolf songs keep playing on your head This book gives these vibes and incredibleeelings A conservative compelling dominant grandma who carries her own secret relationship48 years old mother of 4 children Kate suffering The Curious World Of Christmas from past regrets burden of a big secret and alcoholismOlder child of theamily 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 rom 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 eminist civil rights protestor having an interracial relationship but her lover s mother doesn t approve her because she knows her secret that she hides The Best Canadian Animal Stories from everyone at theamilyTiger is the only boy and avorite of Kate ollows the ootsteps of his soldier ather and The Commemerative 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 daughterrom another man struggling with her puberty problems and her The Magnesium Factor first heartbreak She is the secret glue of theiramily She knows everyone s secret and she s a perfect listener and so mature or her age I rooted or her maybe the resemblance of being the youngest at the amily 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 "confidante made me love her I love perfectly combined and developed characters stories and I enjoyed the spirit and smartly depicted parts of the era It can be told a little shorter but still all the historical events matched impeccably with the amily historyI think this is the best book of this author that I ve ever readbloginstagramfacebooktwitter. Nly The Summer House 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 manlies to the moon and Jessie experiences some sinking and Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir flying herself as she grows into her own body and mind. Amily drama with a beach read that was the perfect summer reador me She vividly creates the iconic American summer of 69 while capturing each of the characters own conflicts that represents a theme of that era The writing The Yankee Club flows so uietly as Hilderbrand explores a lot of themes here I was immediately drawn into theamily dynamics here with their misunderstanding secrets headache and worry Their relationships are complicated however the dynamics between them is easy and light while still capturing their emotional depth and growthI enjoyed every minute of this story and it all came together so well I highly recommend I look orward to diving into one of the many other books by Elin Hilderbrand I own 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 ound the entire experience to be similar to that of watching a B movie not that great not totally satisfying but just engaging enough to lead me to read all The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day four books in the series I cut Hilderbrand some slack however as I have oftenound that a holiday series is not necessarily an accurate depiction of an author s true writing chops I thought it best to give one of her summery novels a try before Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design forming a definitive opinion about her work seeing as those seem to be what her devoted readers love best And it was with all this in mind that I approached Summer of 69 I happily selected it as my next Hilderbrand novel both mildly excited and optimistically hopeful that I wouldind it to be a substantially better read than the Winter Street series Alas Sigh Sigh SighThe novel The Magic Cake Shop follows the members of the Levinamily as they individually prepare or what is or them a different type of summer The year is 1969 one of the most politically charged chaotic years in the history of the United States The Levin children typically look orward to spending the summer together in Nantucket living in their grandmother s historic home But their lives are in as much a state of upheaval as is the nationIn Boston is Blair the eldest sister pregnant with twins and unable to travel to Nantucket Kirby the middle sister and civil rights activist accepts a summer job in Martha s Vineyard to distance herself rom the Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability family The only son Tiger is a soldier awayighting in the Vietnam War And thirteen year old Jessie is left acing a dismal summer alone in the house with her set in her ways grandmother Exalta and anxious mother Kate No Life is certainly not the same or the Levins and little do they know the extent it will continue to change over the course of the summer of 1969To swing back around to the opening line of my review I will begin by saying that overall I like Summer of 69 Really Truly The story is compelling American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series from the start The characters are appealing The historical backdrop of 1969 is intriguing and adds an extra layer of interest to the narrativeButThe novel is just so simplistic So superficial So light and by this I mean without any sort of depth or weight to it In no way does Hilderbrand dig deeply into the story the narrative the characters the historical setting and the political climate are alllat and touched only on the surfaceHistory lovers know that Summer of 69 is at best lite historical The Mother Zone fiction At its core the novel is of aamily drama and the story is not at all beholden to the year 1969 Plus it s almost as if Hilderbrand attempts to up the historical authenticity The Void factor by tossing into the narrative every single bit of research she uncovered along with every single notable public event of 1969 The historyeels orced and manipulated rather than naturally threaded into the dramaAnd Hilderbrand s writing is just gulp cringeworthy Excuse me while
I Duck And Cover Swinging duck and cover Swinging bats are incoming It s nails on chalkboard awful Her prose is pedestrian and clunky her sentences are elementary and almost chalkboard awful Her prose is pedestrian and clunky her sentences are elementary and almost like in nature She tells everything and shows the reader nothingMy biggest pet peeve She uses the exclamation point almost as often as she uses the period It s mind boggling It must be her avorite orm of punctuation Please stop Oh how I wish she instead loved the period Or the uestion mark Heck I would even settle or a semicolon now and thenSee what I did thereToo much All snarky criticism aside Summer of 69 is enjoyable and makes The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for a great beach read But if you re lookingor anything than that I recommend you look elsewhereAnd don t get me wrong I still see many many Hilderbrand novels in my Sicilian Lives future Some things in life are so good because they are so bad 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 bitor her annual June and now October releases And while many authors contribute to this genre space Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art 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 aerry to Nantucket Alice Oliver for a dose of scenery local eats and unparalleled people People who bare their hearts and truths as if we ve always been the closest ofriends As if we re all local Nantucketers Last year Hilderbrand pulled off uite the The Protestant Temperament feat with the delivery of herirst suspense novel The Perfect Couple A book that not only proved to be one of her strongest yet but earned a coveted spot among my very That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book favorites And this year continuing that trend of branching out Hilderbrand takes a stab at historicaliction transporting readers to Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard during the pivotal summer of 1969 A time that s near and dear to the author s The Radiant Child family the very summer she and her twin brother said hello to the world providing the inspiration Summer of 69 brings readers into the lives of the LevinFoleyamily The Best American Crime Writing for what is poised to be a defining time Not onlyor the The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data family butor the nation as a wholeThe story opens with a jarring prologue which sets the tone or the summer months ahead Tiger the only Levin son has been called to war and deployed to the ront lines of Vietnam Tiger in an infantry uniform Blair the oldest sister in Brookline expecting her irst child and Kirby the middle sister determined to experience life on Martha s Vineyard means thirteen year old Jessie the youngest sister is on her own Left to spend the summer with her distracted mother Kate and overbearing grandmother Exalta in the amily s Nantucket summer home All s Fair Just about everyone is on the precipice of change as told through alternating chapters Kate and each of her three daughters take turns examining their views on life exposing their deepest secrets to the light of day and plucking the strings of the complicated dynamics of the relationships at their ingertips The culmination of their stories and
"Life Lessons Hit Home With "lessons hit home with notion people are people This intriguing piece of iction set amongst actual events the Vietnam War Nixon s tumultuous tenure Apollo 11 and the Chappauiddick incident surprisingly enough offered this 80 s born woman a bit of a history lesson And while I wouldn t say this reads as tried and true historical Talking to Dragons fiction it still has a very contemporaryeel Hilderbrand is successful in turning back the hands of time while remaining true to her bra. 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 riend Mary Jo Kopechne Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier recently deployed to Vietnam Thirteen year old Jessie sudde. There s a lot going on in Summer of 69 The three sisters in the FoleyLevin The Drowning Man 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 overseasighting the war in Vietnam and their mother is increasingly distraught over this driving herself to oblivion with alcohol to ease the painBut all these issues are treated rather superficially in the book They The Bride of Willow Creek feel somewhat contrived and a tad boring if I m honest and their resolutions are all standard stuff One of the hooksor this book is that people are keeping secrets but I didn t GREAT INVESTMENT, THE feel any surprise or shock when those are revealed They alleel rather pedestrian For a book about emales during the eminist revolution I had hoped that there would be strong The Lively Art of Writing female charactersor me to cheer or but that was disappointing too All the women in here mostly just took what life and men handed to them Sure that probably is true to the times of the 1960s but it didn t make or a very compelling read at least to meOne of Elin Hilderbrand s strength is her writing and in that respect she remains in top orm This story is easy to get into and I ound myself The Glass Ocean flipping the pages even though the story itself wasn t as riveting I went into Summer of 69 thinking it would be the perfect beachy blend ofamily drama and secrets summertime in Nantucket and growing up during the awakening of the eminist movement But coming out of the book I eel only lukewarm about it While it wasn t a bad story it just wasn t as exciting or as insightful as I wanted it to be 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 ive 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 ather being Kate s The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness first now dead husband GoigureThe alleged gun accident actually being a suicide No way hide spoiler 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 The Leadership Gap for it to wrap up but not this one Iound myself completely immersed in their story and it elt so realThis is my irst book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away I love her style of writing and I truly Serenity Role Playing Game felt like I wasn t reading I got swept up and lost in the world of a summer in Nantucket It probably does help that I love the whole idea of what it would be like to live there and I claim if I could live anywhere that is where it would be I also think 1969 would have been aantastic time to be alive The Levin Save the Cupcake! family is aamily that has been blessed to have a summer home in Nantucket and it is a Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, family tradition to summer there and this summer is no different Except everything is different this year The summer of 1969 brings upon a huge amount of change in their personal life and the lives of everyone around them There is the landing on the moon Vietnam Woodstock Ted Kennedy and Chappauiddick The LevinNicholsamily is dealing with Kate s Tressed to Kill first grandchild being born her son getting drafted her daughter taking off toind herself and yet her youngest dealing with all the things that come with turning 13 This book was so enjoyable to read and I was literally swept up into their lives I was so invested in each character The author has created such relatable well developed characters I elt I was part of their livesIt was enjoyable to be swept into another era where there were no cellphones you were lucky to have a phone in your home and a television It was bizarre to hear of expectant mothers drinking and smoking to help them relax Oh my you have come a long way baby Only people of a certain age will get that reference I was born in the 1970 s so I can vaguely remember some of this All the ine details really caught my attention like the mention of Dr Scholl s shoes my how I loved clomping along in my mother s Dr Scholls I am sure this book will trigger The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev fond memoriesor many peopleHands down a abulous 5 stars or this book Now I am going to just continue on my way while humming Summer of 69as you all probably will ind yourself doing too 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 eel good summer read without being sappy or melodramatic I ve been waiting all year or its release and it was everything I imagined and The story centres on one amily the blended FoleyLevin clan Every June they leave the stifling city heat of Boston The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School for three months to vacation at their grandmother s summer house on Nantucket and this summer of 69 is no exceptionKate Mother toour three rom her irst marriage and a daughter with her current husband David Her only son Tiger was recently drafted to Vietnam and Kate spends her summer on Nantucket struggling to cope anxiously waiting to hear The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School from him desperately hoping he ll come home safeBlair 24 Kate s eldest daughter Married to a workaholic and heavily pregnant with herirst child she s stuck in Boston The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense for the summer bored to tearsKirby 20 Kate s middle daughter Informs heramily she will be spending her summer break rom college working on Martha s VineyardJessie 13 Kate s youngest daughter She s dreading spending her entire summer with just her mother and grandmother Exalta or company Shares a close bond with Tiger and writes diary like letters to himSoak in the sun with this vivid captivating engrossing novel incorporating both a seasonal and historical eel Or same as I did last year with The Perfect Couple burrow under the duvet with your electric blanket on high Prominent themes are belonging and acceptance inding your place in the world amily secrets irst love and coming of age Deals with some serious issues and topics some pertinent to the 1960 s others just as relevant today There s a huge ocus on amilial relationships particularly mothers and daughters but also grandmother and grandchildren sisters marriages new motherhood and mother and sonElin Hilderbrand s beautiful and intricate descriptions of Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard made
"Me Feel Like I Was "feel like I was there experiencing it all along
With The Characters Thethe characters the beaches restaurants The Cake House food country club etc all sounded wonderful The lifestyle pop culture references clothing dialogue and opinions came across as authentic to the time period and I like that the author thought to include real events Song titles as chapter headings really set the mood and the handy spotify list that Elin Hilderbrand created allowed me listen while reading making iteel even like 1969The perfect book to unwind and relax on the beach with Summer of 69 is my The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality 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 historicaliction Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century It's 1969 and The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success for the Levinamily the times they are a changing Every year the children have looked orward to spending the summer with their grandmother in Nantucket but this year Blair the oldest sister is marooned in Boston pregnant with tw.