Summer of '69

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  • Title: Summer of '69
  • Author: Elin Hilderbrand
  • ISBN: 0316420018
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Follow New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand back in time and join a Nantucket family as they experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a 1960s summer.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 at the Follow New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand back in time and join a Nantucket family as they experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a 1960s summer.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 at their grandmother s historic home in downtown Nantucket but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins 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 suddenly 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 Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel Get A Copy Kindle Store 14.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 432 pages Published June 18th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company More Details ISBN 0316420018 ISBN13 9780316420013 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important role in Jessies summer 1 likelike 47 days ago See all 4 answers Deborah This answer contains spoilers view spoiler Jessie s coach had a plan to drive him out of the club by pranking him giving him laxatives, putting itching powder in his socks, etc until he quit Jessie s coach had a plan to drive him out of the club by pranking him giving him laxatives, putting itching powder in his socks, etc until he quit however, that would not have prevented him from getting a coaching job at another club somewhere else where he could continue to molest young girls That bothered me and is the reason I did not give the book five stars in my rating I wish the author had provided some closure there less hide spoiler flag See all 11 questions about Summer of 69 Lists with This Book 2019 What Women Born In The 1970s Have Read So Far This Year 4,596 books 488 voters Historical Fiction 2019 407 books 535 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.06 Rating details 23,894 ratings 2,448 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 2399 Portugu s 1 More filters Sort order Jul 08, 2019 Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, womens fiction, 2019 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 bit for her annual June and now October releases And while many authors contribute to this genre space, 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 a ferry to Nantucket for a dose of scenery, local eats, and unparalleled people 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 bit for her annual June and now October releases And while many authors contribute to this genre space, 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 a ferry to Nantucket 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 of friends As if we re all local Nantucketers Last year, Hilderbrand pulled off quite the feat with the delivery of her first 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 favorites And this year, continuing that trend of branching out, Hilderbrand takes a stab at historical fiction, 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 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 Levin Foley family for what is poised to be a defining time Not only for the family but for the nation as a whole.The story opens with a jarring prologue, which sets the tone for the summer months ahead Tiger, the only Levin son, has been called to war and deployed to the front lines of Vietnam Tiger in an infantry uniform, Blair the oldest sister in Brookline expecting her first 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 family 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 fingertips The culmination of their stories and life lessons hit home with the notion, people are people This intriguing piece of fiction, set amongst actual events the Vietnam War, Nixon s tumultuous tenure, Apollo 11, and the Chappaquiddick 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 fiction, it still has a very contemporary feel, Hilderbrand is successful in turning back the hands of time while remaining true to her brand New and longtime fans are sure to enjoy this summer escape to Nantucket Thanks to Mitchell s Book Corner and Elin Hilderbrand for making it possible for me to add a personalized copy to my collection flag 245 likesLike see review View all 49 comments Lynne Davis Very good review Melissa I m looking forward to this one Aug 27, 2019 06 55AM Melissa Lynne wrote Very good review Melissa I m looking forward to this one Thank you, Lynne I hope you enjoy this blast to the past as much as I did Lynne wrote Very good review Melissa I m looking forward to this one Thank you, Lynne I hope you enjoy this blast to the past as much as I did Aug 28, 2019 05 08AM Jun 30, 2019 Nilufer Ozmekik rated it really liked it 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 stars You 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 releasing,Time 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 stars You 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 releasing,Time 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 lives Time of Chappaquiddick Affair , yes Senator Kennedy drove into ta pound and Mary Joe Kopechne is dead Time 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 R.E.M 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 War So 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 relationship,48 years old mother of 4 children, Kate, suffering from past regrets, burden of a big secret and alcoholism,Older 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 family.Tiger, 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 history.I think this is the best book of this author that I ve ever read flag 119 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jun 16, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing 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 ar 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, Chappaquiddick, 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 jennifertarheelreader flag 91 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Aug 16, 2019 Brenda Host of Traveling Sisters Friends rated it really liked it Shelves summer reading challenge, traveling friends reads 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 away to the sun in Nantucket The cover alone took me to my happy summer place Elin Hilderbrand weaves a historical fiction, family drama with a beach read that was the perfect summer read for me She vividly creates the iconic American summer of 69 while capturing eac 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 away to the sun in Nantucket The cover alone took me to my happy summer place Elin Hilderbrand weaves a historical fiction, family drama with a beach read that was the perfect summer read for 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 flows so quietly as Hilderbrand explores a lot of themes here I was immediately drawn into the family 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 growth.I enjoyed every minute of this story and it all came together so well I highly recommend I look forward to diving into one of the many other books by Elin Hilderbrand I own flag 89 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Aug 16, 2019 Norma Traveling Sister rated it really liked it Shelves traveling sister reads Evocative, entrancing, absorbing I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite 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 premise, and had a deep fondness for the whole story in general SUMMER OF 69 by ELIN HILDERBRAND is a nostalgic, fun, touching, moving, and b Evocative, entrancing, absorbing I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite 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 premise, and had a deep fondness for the whole story in general SUMMER OF 69 by ELIN HILDERBRAND is a nostalgic, fun, touching, moving, and breezy domestic tale that totally enchanted me I was immediately hooked and fully 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 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 and flow of this novel It was like sitting down with a good friend on a relaxing summery day while they relayed to me their story Norma s Stats Cover A feel good, happy, summery, and lively cover that depicts this time period and storyline perfectly.Title Intriguing, appealing, emotive, relevant, and a simply beautiful representation to storyline.Writing Prose Compulsively readable, expressive, prolific, engaging, and dramatic Plot Dynamic, steadily paced, fun, captivating, nostalgic, heartfelt, relevant, and entertaining.Ending A beautiful and heartfelt ending that left me feeling totally satiated.Overall I thought this was the perfect summer read and absolutely loved reading the authors note in the end where I found out where the inspiration behind the story came from That just brought in an extra feeling of respect, meaning and warmth for the novel for me Would highly recommend This review along with Brenda s can also be found on our blog flag 94 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Aug 11, 2019 Kim It s All About the Thrill rated it it was amazing Shelves traveling sister read 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 real.This is my first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away I love her style of writing and I truly 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 wou 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 real.This is my first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away I love her style of writing and I truly 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 a fantastic time to be alive The Levin family is a family that has been blessed to have a summer home in Nantucket and it is a 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 Chappaquiddick The Levin Nichols family is dealing with Kate s first grandchild being born, her son getting drafted, her daughter taking off to find 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 felt I was part of their lives.It 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 fine 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 fond memories for many people.Hands down a fabulous 5 stars for this book Now I am going to just continue on my way while humming Summer of 69as you all probably will find yourself doing too flag 95 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Mackenzie Fantastic review, Kim So glad you enjoyed, I hope you get a chance to read EH books Aug 30, 2019 01 19PM Kaceey Terrific review Kim Aug 30, 2019 01 24PM Jun 22, 2019 NZLisaM rated it it was amazing Shelves favourites, womens fiction, romance, contemporary, drama, 2019 Fun in the sun in the summer of 69 Let s see how many times I mention summer during this review.This 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 Foley Levin clan Every June they leave the stifling city heat of Boston for three months, to vacation at their grandmother s summer house on Nantucket and this summer of 69 i Fun in the sun in the summer of 69 Let s see how many times I mention summer during this review.This 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 Foley Levin clan Every June they leave the stifling city heat of Boston for three months, to vacation at their grandmother s summer house on Nantucket and this summer of 69 is no exception.Kate Mother to four three from her first 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 from him, desperately hoping he ll come home safe.Blair 24 Kate s eldest daughter Married to a workaholic, and heavily pregnant with her first child, she s stuck in Boston for the summer, bored to tears.Kirby 20 Kate s middle daughter Informs her family she will be spending her summer break from college working on Martha s Vineyard.Jessie 13 Kate s youngest daughter She s dreading spending her entire summer with just her mother and grandmother, Exalta, for company Shares a close bond with Tiger, and writes diary like letters to him.Soak in the sun with this vivid, captivating, engrossing novel, incorporating both a seasonal and historical feel 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, finding your place in the world, family secrets, first 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 focus on familial relationships, particularly mothers and daughters, but also grandmother and grandchildren, sisters, marriages, new motherhood, and mother and son.Elin Hilderbrand s beautiful and intricate descriptions of Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard made me feel like I was actually there experiencing it all along with the characters the houses, beaches, restaurants, 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 it feel even like 1969.The perfect book to unwind and relax on the beach with flag 63 likesLike see review View all 22 comments May 27, 2019 Stephanie Stephanies Novel Fiction rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, own, from the publisher, paperback, arc, favorite authors It s not officially summer for me until I ve read an Elin Hilderbrand book by the pool or sitting on the beach so luckily for me, I was able to read this one Memorial Day weekend, poolside, with a fruity beverage in hand Hilderbrand s first historical novel was everything that I ve come to expect from the queen of the summer novel and In classic Hilderbrand style, Summer of 69 revolves around the lives of several members of the Foley Levin family and of course, Nantucket is the main sett It s not officially summer for me until I ve read an Elin Hilderbrand book by the pool or sitting on the beach so luckily for me, I was able to read this one Memorial Day weekend, poolside, with a fruity beverage in hand Hilderbrand s first historical novel was everything that I ve come to expect from the queen of the summer novel and In classic Hilderbrand style, Summer of 69 revolves around the lives of several members of the Foley Levin family and of course, Nantucket is the main setting although Martha s Vineyard gets some love in this book too This is a summer of dramatic changes for the family as Tiger, 19, has just been drafted for Vietnam His mother Kate is obviously overcome with worry and grief.Kate s daughters, Blair, 24, Kirby, 20, and Jesse, who just turned 13 and is the daughter of her second husband David also face their own considerable life changes this summer as each of their stories intertwine in some way It s through these sister s voices, Kate s, and letters exchanged by Tiger and Jesse this story is told Every character is so real, wholly persuasive, and each of their issues becomes ones I cared about no matter how big or small Blair is pregnant with twins and miserable as she smokes cigarettes and drinks to get rid of morning sickness really how are any of us 70s babies alive Her husband Angus is a brilliant astrophysicist working 24 7 on the Apollo 11 moon landing, leaving her lonely and alone Kirby, the family rebel known for her political protesting, forgoes the summer stay on Nantucket for a job at a hotel on Martha s Vineyard where she meets the rich and famous, people like Teddy Kennedy, who crashes his car off Chappaquiddick Island that fateful summer Then her romantic troubles keep causing her difficulties Jesse is closest to Tiger and besides wanting to grow up faster, she most looks forward to his letters from Vietnam He s the one she shares her secrets with as she finds first love over the summer Yet, she s not completely happy, thanks to Exalta, her tough as nails grandmother who casts a judgemental gaze on everything and everyone Kate is the voice I most identified with the mother, the one worried her son wouldn t come back from war while also worried about her other kids She s a compelling character who showed the realism of being a mom strength and weakness but always love for her children.Hilderbrand has woven together the historical moments from that summer using her trademark style that has never let me down as a reader make sure you read the author s notes about the inspiration for the story , and it s just a perfect read Summer of 69 is nostalgic, poignant, retrospective, and packed with details that made the novel feel vivid and alive for me, a time I ve heard, watched movies, and read about but was almost a decade before I was born I laughed and oh, did I cry while reading this It s out on 6 18th and if you haven t already pre ordered it, then you need to It s the definitive summer of 2019 read Thank you Little, Brown, and Company for the gifted copy All opinions are my own flag 56 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jul 25, 2019 Yun rated it liked it There s a lot going on in Summer of 69 The three sisters in the Foley Levin 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 fighting the war in Vietnam, and their mother is incr There s a lot going on in Summer of 69 The three sisters in the Foley Levin 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 fighting the war in Vietnam, and their mother is increasingly distraught over this, driving herself to oblivion with alcohol to ease the pain.But all these issues are treated rather superficially in the book They feel somewhat contrived and a tad boring, if I m honest , and their resolutions are all standard stuff One of the hooks for this book is that people are keeping secrets, but I didn t feel any surprise or shock when those are revealed They all feel rather pedestrian For a book about females during the feminist revolution, I had hoped that there would be strong female characters for me to cheer for, 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 for a very compelling read at least to me.One of Elin Hilderbrand s strength is her writing, and in that respect, she remains in top form This story is easy to get into and I found myself 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 of family drama and secrets, summertime in Nantucket, and growing up during the awakening of the feminist movement But coming out of the book, I feel 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 flag 55 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Aug 07, 2019 Maxwell rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves kindle, 2019 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 predictable view spoiler Angus s affair with Trixie TRIXIE turning out to be his psychiatrist Gasp Pick s biological father being Kate s first, now dead, husband Go figure The alleged gun accident actually being a suicide No way hide spoiler On top of th 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 predictable view spoiler Angus s affair with Trixie TRIXIE turning out to be his psychiatrist Gasp Pick s biological father being Kate s first, now dead, husband Go figure The alleged gun accident actually being a suicide No way hide spoiler On top of that, character s feelings are completely contradicted by their actions, or vice versa, because Hilderbrand never shows us anything She decides to tell us everything, and it s written in the 3rd person present tense which really doesn t work for a historical novel and I use the term historical loosely because this book has a lot of revisionist history We see things through the eyes of each character but are told, not shown, how others act through the other characters POVs So when we get to one of the other character s POVs and they shockingly lol think differently than we were led to believe, it holds no weight because we are going off of the flimsy account of someone who clearly doesn t know them well.Additionally, a lot of these characters are pretty horrible people, or make pretty horrible choices that they never adequately address or face consequences for They also use other characters pain to learn lessons and grow as human beings while not facing any of the pain themselves Or if they do face temporary pain, it all pretty much works out in the end and they are left with no lasting damage Cause life sure is peachy when you re a white, upperclass family on Nantucket I didn t realize when I picked this up that it would be so schmaltzy I was expecting something along the lines of Anne Tyler where not only is the writing good I don t even have time to get into the sentence level writing of this novel but the characters would also be multi faceted and be the lens through which we examine history, specifically the summer of 69 But no, it s essentially a soap opera with lots of cultural references that do nothing but act as limp set pieces for an even limper plot flag 47 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jun 26, 2019 Erin rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, kindle 3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Elin Hilderbrand states that her twin brother has always encouraged her to explore the summer they were born in one of her novels Summer of 69 is that novel and sweeps readers back to Nixon, Vietnam, Senator Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick scandal, women s issues, Woodstock, racial equality, class differences, the Moon landing and summertime in Nantucket The Foley Levin famil 3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Elin Hilderbrand states that her twin brother has always encouraged her to explore the summer they were born in one of her novels Summer of 69 is that novel and sweeps readers back to Nixon, Vietnam, Senator Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick scandal, women s issues, Woodstock, racial equality, class differences, the Moon landing and summertime in Nantucket The Foley Levin family knows that this summer will be a different one The recent deployment of only son, Tiger to Vietnam sees their mother, Kate, distant and losing herself to the bottle Stepfather, David stays in the city and consumes himself with legal work Oldest daughter Blair confronts the fact that marriage is not exactly what she dreamed Wild child Kirby wants to prove her adulthood by heading to Martha s Vineyard instead of spending summer with the family Youngest daughter Jessie is on the brink of adolescence and experiences her first twinges of young love And finally, matriarch Exalta is trying what she can to keep all of her family together while also keeping secrets of her own Just like their country, the summer of 69 is one that this family will never forget What I thought I thought this book was definitely good It took me awhile before I really felt in the mood to read but eventually I hit my stride There s a good mix of nostalgia and history that made it easy to transport myself to the Summer of 69 Of course, having visited Nantucket so many times with EH in her contemporary novels it certainly made it an easy fit Despite the different time period, family and all the issues that arise are always brilliantly handled by Hilderbrand For me, Summer of 69 was all about the fictional characters that take turns in telling the story The character of Jessie made me think about Reese Witherspoon s Dani Trant The Man in the Moon 1991 or Anna Chlumsky s Vada Sultenfuss My Girl ,1991 and she was quite possibly my favorite character despite having met her character before Kirby and Blair were both women of their generation, but in saying that I felt there was nothing new to explore as it s already been stated in so many ways by authors and screenwriters Mother Kate had my empathy but also my frustration which makes me tip my hat to EH But Grandmother Exalta who is not a narrator but has a larger than life personality was such a riddle that I found her the most fascinating Her relationships with Jessie and Kirby were the highlights of the novel for me Also the prologue and Fortunate Son Reprise were the two places in the book where I ugly cried Also how cool were the chapter titles Both Sides Now, Born to Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Piece of My Heart etc Although I cannot emphatically say that this was one of my favorites, it s a great summer read Review 26 06 19 Publication Date 18 06 19 flag 44 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jul 14, 2019 Meredith B readingwithmere rated it really liked it 4 stars And maybe, just maybe, this summer will end up being one that people write songs about. Is it really summer if you don t read an Elin Hilderbrand book I truly look forward to her books every single summer and this one did not disappoint It s 1969 and the Levin family is ready to go to Nantucket where they go every summer Before that though, their worst nightmare happened their son, Tiger, was drafted and sent to the Vietnam war and there s nothing they can do to stop it The three s 4 stars And maybe, just maybe, this summer will end up being one that people write songs about. Is it really summer if you don t read an Elin Hilderbrand book I truly look forward to her books every single summer and this one did not disappoint It s 1969 and the Levin family is ready to go to Nantucket where they go every summer Before that though, their worst nightmare happened their son, Tiger, was drafted and sent to the Vietnam war and there s nothing they can do to stop it The three siblings back in Nantucket are on their own Blair is pregnant, Kirby is trying to make the world a better place and work through civil right struggles and Jessie is a thirteen year old just trying to figure out where her place is in the world.The story dives into each of the siblings stories as well as their struggling mother and their grandmother who has secrets of her own Each of the Levin family members is trying to get through life their own way Each person goes through their own personal struggle as well as the struggles that men and women both went through during the 1969 time period One thing is for sure even when this family is apart, they always come together.I m not typically a fan of historical fiction but I really enjoyed this book You look at the cover and you think this is going to be a light beach read, right Wrong This story has so much depth and so much content Let me just say I am SO happy I was not a woman in 1969 as they were not treated that well however I am thankful for the struggles they went through in order to get women to where we are today And to all your war heroes including some of my own family members hats of to you From what I know the Vietnam war was a tough one and to anyone who fights to defend mine and the USA s freedom is a true hero as well as their families.Definitely pick this one up if the 60 s 70 s interest you and you want to read about all the different struggles a seemingly normal family went through behind the scenes Plus, Elin Hilderbrand is just a great writer flag 41 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 18, 2019 Renee itsbooktalk rated it it was ok Well I m an outlier again with this review I ve found that Elin Hilderbrand is a hit or miss author for me over the years I ve loved a few of her booksBarefoot, The Rumor, The Blue Bistro, and A Summer Affair but not loved many others as well This one, unfortunately, falls into the latter category The set up was enticing to start off We hear about Tiger, favorite son of Kate and brother of Jessie youngest , Kirby middle and Blair oldest who s been drafted to Vietnam Kate is devas Well I m an outlier again with this review I ve found that Elin Hilderbrand is a hit or miss author for me over the years I ve loved a few of her booksBarefoot, The Rumor, The Blue Bistro, and A Summer Affair but not loved many others as well This one, unfortunately, falls into the latter category The set up was enticing to start off We hear about Tiger, favorite son of Kate and brother of Jessie youngest , Kirby middle and Blair oldest who s been drafted to Vietnam Kate is devastated and consequently spends most of the book drinking her worries away and being a negligent mother I didn t like her in the beginning and I still didn t like her in the end Kirby and Blair are each dealing with their own life challenges, so we get alternating chapters from their perspectives as well While we do get occasional setting details, I was surprised by the lack of beach scenery summertime details that we really come to expect from EH s stories There s quite a lot of food and meal details which I know many love but I skimmed these parts I found the chapters to be long but when I looked back, the long chapters didn t really help me get to know any of the characters beyond what I felt was surface level If I had to pick, I d say I felt like we got the most in depth look into Jessie s character but I felt like there could ve been I would ve liked to have felt invested in this family but I just didn t I stuck with it for Kirby and Jessie but in the end, this was an underwhelming read for me flag 39 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jun 20, 2019 Literary Soir e rated it it was amazing Shelves reviewed, women s literature INTOXICATING Summer does something to the brain It s intoxicating Everything shimmers So says a character in Summer People, a previous novel by Hilderbrand, which captures the essence of her entire oeuvre ENGAGING BACKSTORYI ve devoured every book she s written, so taken with her addictive stories set on Nantucket Her own backstory is engaging, including how she came to the island, her education at the Iowa Writers Workshop, her world travels, her survival of breast cancer and a post sur INTOXICATING Summer does something to the brain It s intoxicating Everything shimmers So says a character in Summer People, a previous novel by Hilderbrand, which captures the essence of her entire oeuvre ENGAGING BACKSTORYI ve devoured every book she s written, so taken with her addictive stories set on Nantucket Her own backstory is engaging, including how she came to the island, her education at the Iowa Writers Workshop, her world travels, her survival of breast cancer and a post surgical infection that nearly killed her Her joie de vivre informs both her writing and her life and is as intoxicating as the summers she describes in her novels KENNEDY, MOON, WOODSTOCKSUMMER OF 69 is her newest and her first historical novel It s a compelling slice of Americana, with the war in Nam in full force Senator Ted Kennedy s fateful accident July 18, in which he drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne Two days later the first moon landing Woodstock making musical history the following month.TIGER IN NAMAll are enfolded into the absorbing plot, which focuses on four siblings in a wealthy Massachusetts family including Tiger, their only son drafted and sent off to fight in Nam SMELL THE GANJAI heard the author s energetic CBS interview this week in which she explained that she and her twin brother were born that July, so the book is especially personal It s evident in the way Hilderbrand masterfully weaves together narrative, characters and dialogue I care about these kids, smell the ganja in the air, hear Aquarius Let the Sunshine In on the radio, feel the terror the family feels every time there s a knock on the door that might mean they ve lost Tiger A captivating read 5 5 Pub Date 18 Jun 2019 Available on Summerof 69 ElinHilderbrand flag 34 likesLike see review Jun 18, 2019 Carrie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a historical fiction novel that follows the Levin family during the summer of 1969 Of course with the book focusing on the various family members in this family the point of view does change between them.For years the Levin family has spent summers in Nantucket visiting their grandmother s historic home This year however the family is being pulled apart in their own directions Tiger, the only son, has been drafted into the military and will be sent to the Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a historical fiction novel that follows the Levin family during the summer of 1969 Of course with the book focusing on the various family members in this family the point of view does change between them.For years the Levin family has spent summers in Nantucket visiting their grandmother s historic home This year however the family is being pulled apart in their own directions Tiger, the only son, has been drafted into the military and will be sent to the war in Vietnam and this has affected each of the rest in various ways.Blair, the oldest Levin has gotten married to a man who works with NASA and is spending her summer home alone as he works on putting a man on the moon Kirby is the middle daughter who is a young free spirit known to protest the latest cause Instead of heading to Nantucket Kirby has found a summer job in Martha s Vineyard And Jessie, the youngest and a half sibling to the older children, is turning thirteen and not looking forward to a summer alone with her mother and grandmother.Looking back at the history books 1969 was really a very busy year and somewhat a turning point on a lot of issues Elin Hilderbrand did a wonderful job centering this fictional family right in the middle of so many events that it brought the era to life wonderfully It was also nice to see the differences in personalities and how they handled what was going on at any given time Definitely a great read I am rating at 4 1 2 stars.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 33 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 31, 2019 Book of the Month added it Why I love itSiobhan JonesWe pick the books a few months in advance here at BOTM, so all the reading for June occurs sometime in mid March Maybe that was why I warmed to Summer of 69 so readily this beachy, feel good story with ample family drama and purple haze era feels had me practically smelling the sunscreen Then again, maybe I just liked this book so much because it was another satisfying winner from an author who always delivers the goods.Elin Hilderbrand s first historical novel plops Why I love itSiobhan JonesWe pick the books a few months in advance here at BOTM, so all the reading for June occurs sometime in mid March Maybe that was why I warmed to Summer of 69 so readily this beachy, feel good story with ample family drama and purple haze era feels had me practically smelling the sunscreen Then again, maybe I just liked this book so much because it was another satisfying winner from an author who always delivers the goods.Elin Hilderbrand s first historical novel plops us right into the flower power milieu of the 60s with a Vietnam draft notice From then on, as we are introduced to the different members of the Levin family the smart and stubborn Blair the irascible Kirby only son Tiger and the youngest, the quietly observant Jessie these cultural easter eggs abound Civil rights protests animate the news cycle while the Space Race captures the country s imagination Yet even as our protagonists navigate this rapidly changing world, their own trials and tribulations finding young love, questioning authority, and even investigating long buried family secrets remain at the forefront of this completely charming read set over the course of one summer in Nantucket.Anyone familiar with Hilderbrand s books BOTM has featured The Identicals and Winter in Paradise is aware of her effortless ability to craft nuanced, heartfelt stories set in cozy, aspirational places, and this new one is just that a light read set in a beach town that you ll devour in one poolside sitting Readers looking for a breezy escape need look no further make Summer of 69 your June pick Read at flag 31 likesLike see review Jun 30, 2019 Monika Sadowski rated it really liked it I wasn t sure if I should give 3 or 4 stars The book started good but then I got bored but then I wanted to know how it finished I guess it s just a light, summer reading flag 28 likesLike see review Jun 18, 2019 Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves release 2019 Summer reading at its best I enjoy reading her novels and this little historic charmer, her first, was absolutely amazing Summer reading at its best I enjoy reading her novels and this little historic charmer, her first, was absolutely amazing flag 26 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 05, 2019 Toni rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs 2019 The year Nineteen hundred sixty nine, 1969, was a busy year for the United States of America and as such, was no different for the combined families of Nichols, Foley, Levin and Whalen, all under the matriarchal umbrella of Exalta Nichols Since Exalta was such a stickler for tradition the family prepares to pack up and move out to Nantucket for the summer, regardless that the 3rd Monday of June is Jessie s 13th birthday, or that Kate is sick with worry about Tiger, her 19 year old son who wa The year Nineteen hundred sixty nine, 1969, was a busy year for the United States of America and as such, was no different for the combined families of Nichols, Foley, Levin and Whalen, all under the matriarchal umbrella of Exalta Nichols Since Exalta was such a stickler for tradition the family prepares to pack up and move out to Nantucket for the summer, regardless that the 3rd Monday of June is Jessie s 13th birthday, or that Kate is sick with worry about Tiger, her 19 year old son who was drafted to fight in Vietnam just this past April, and Blair her 24 year old daughter is pregnant in Boston and virtually alone since her astrophysicist husband practically works 24 7 on the upcoming Apollo 11 moon mission Then, don t even get Kate started on her 20 year old daughter, Kirby who s decided to assert her independence and work at a hotel on Martha s Vineyard this summer as a chambermaid Sure, Martha s Vineyard is technically 11 miles from Nantucket, as the crow flies, but for a human to get there it would take than 24 hours Lastly her husband David can only come out on weekends because he has a law office to run When they finally arrive at Exalta s house on Fair St named All s Fair yes, houses in town are named with the smaller annex called Little Fair, everything is bright and fresh thanks to Long time caretaker Bill Crimmins He takes Exalta s hand as she exits the car and welcomes her home to Nantucket Observant Jessie doesn t miss anything As others unload the car, she runs through the house and out the side kitchen door, across the courtyard and up the stairs in Little Fair to where she ll be staying this year for the first time This used to be the purvey of her three older siblings, but now it s her turn As Jessie climbs the stairs, she hears whistling in the little kitchen As she walks in, she sees a young teenage boy with blonde hair, tan, cute, and making a sandwich Whoa, who are you she says Oh hi, you must be Jessie, he says with calm assurance My name is Pick and my grandfather Bill and I are staying here this summer wanna sandwich This is Jessie s introduction to Bill Crimmins grandson and his daughter Lorraine s now lavender 16 year old son Lots about her later Jessie does know that Lorraine used to help her mother Kate baby sit her older siblings when they were very young before their biological father, Wilder Foley died She also knows that Lorraine ran away to California when she was about 19 years old and never came back Interesting She d be upset about Pick and Mr Crimmins living in Little Fair if Pick wasn t so cute Jessie really wishes her older siblings we re here now The summer takes on much drama as Jessie placates her grandmother Exalta by taking tennis lessons at her staunch conservative Country Club the Field and Oar The Nichols family have been members since the 1920s, so tennis whites and tradition are de rigueur Kate has grown up with her mother Exalta s strict social rules and although she may not agree with all of them, she knows how to work around Exalta so as not to upset nor embarrass her She succeeds on small battles like convincing her mother they need a TV in All s Fair so Kate can watch Walter Cronkite s evening report and keep up on the Vietnam news This both comforts and distresses Kate simultaneously which leads to her drinking then she should The last time she and David went to dinner she drank way too much and could barely walk out of the restaurant So, when she took David to the ferry on Sunday, he was calm and polite but told her firmly she needs to cut back She went home and cried about that and her son Tiger still in Vietnam She s a mother, damn it Meanwhile back in Boston, Blair continues to miss her husband who s constantly working While she s barely able to move around the apartment since her belly and breast have grown so large Angus is supposed to go with her to her next appointment with the obstetrician since it s possible she s having twins Kirby has gone off to Martha s Vineyard not telling her parents that she doesn t have the job at the Shiretown Inn in Edgartown She just read the ad for the job and is going to apply when she gets there Luckily, she does have a place to stay, thank goodness When she does finally get to the Inn, she finds out all the chambermaid jobs are taken mostly by the Irish girls that came to Martha s Vineyard in May Kirby tells the woman interviewing her that she wanted to come early but she was finishing her exams at Simmons College to complete her sopho year Fortunately, the word college and Kirby s demeanor impress Mrs Bennie enough to offer her the front desk job, but the hours are 11 00 PM to 7 AM Kirby doesn t hesitate, I ll take it So, all parts of the combined family are off on one of the most historic years America has known, 1969 Just in that summer alone, man walks on the moon, the largest, outdoor, rock n roll concert takes place Woodstock and a Senator from Massachusetts walks away from an accident on a small island called Chappaquiddick near Martha s Vineyard The Vietnam War continues For those of us who lived through these events, young or old, they ll never be forgotten Events will change in the characters lives in small and large ways mostly for good for they are the fortunate ones Tiger is still in Vietnam as the book closes Thank you NetGalley, Little, Brown and Co and Elin HilderbrandNote Please be sure to read the Author s Notes and Acknowledgements Elin mentions Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War if you don t have much knowledge about this war, as many Americans might not, I encourage you to watch it It won t be easy, but it s our history Thank you flag 25 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Aug 12, 2019 Tammy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2019, read in august 19 It just isn t summer without a new Elin Hilderbrand book Summer of 69 was a wonderful departure from her normal contemporary women s fiction genre I loved that this story was set against the backdrop of so many important issues and events from that summer I highly recommend flag 26 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jun 30, 2019 Myrna rated it really liked it Another wonderful story from Elin Hilderbrand With interesting characters, a great storyline, and historical events, you feel as though you ve been transported back to 69 This is a great book to read by the pool but it does have serious issues of politics, race, family, and secrets Elin has a great connection to the summer of 69 that inspired the book flag 25 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jun 09, 2019 Zoe rated it it was amazing Relevant, vivid, and absorbing Summer of 69 is a nostalgic, domestic tale that takes us back to the idyllic island of Nantucket during a year when Vietnam was still raging, and Apollo 11 was finally going to put men on the moon, and into the lives of the blended Foley Levin family as they navigate a summer of revelations, change, and new additions.The writing is expressive and polished The characters are genuine, troubled, and sympathetic And the spirited plot is a delightful mix of summer fu Relevant, vivid, and absorbing Summer of 69 is a nostalgic, domestic tale that takes us back to the idyllic island of Nantucket during a year when Vietnam was still raging, and Apollo 11 was finally going to put men on the moon, and into the lives of the blended Foley Levin family as they navigate a summer of revelations, change, and new additions.The writing is expressive and polished The characters are genuine, troubled, and sympathetic And the spirited plot is a delightful mix of summer fun, heartbreak, coming of age, secrets, wartime worries, adultery, racial segregation, women s rights, and fresh starts.Overall, Summer of 69 is once again a beguiling, heartfelt, must read summer tale by Hilderbrand that highlights the power of family and reminds us that even though we ve come so far, in some respects we still have a long way to go.Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review flag 27 likesLike see review Jun 27, 2019 Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 I have not read a book by Hilderbrand that I did not fall in love with This was a great summer read and the characters were so real I loved the way everyone s situations turned out I recommend this 4 star read and I want to thank my best friend for sharing it with me Book Of The Month books are so worth it They never have a bad book flag 21 likesLike see review Jun 25, 2019 Laurene rated it really liked it 3.5 stars A great beachy summer read People are people flag 18 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jun 14, 2019 Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley It s officially summer now that I ve read the new EH book Seriously, it truly doesn t feel like summertime for me until I get my hands on her latest book and I did consider waiting to read this until my actual summer vacation, but who am I kidding, I have no willpower when it comes to her books I m so glad I didn t make myself wait either because this was exactly the right book to get me into a summer vacation state of mind.I was just a tiny bit apprehensive when I read the blurb of this and s It s officially summer now that I ve read the new EH book Seriously, it truly doesn t feel like summertime for me until I get my hands on her latest book and I did consider waiting to read this until my actual summer vacation, but who am I kidding, I have no willpower when it comes to her books I m so glad I didn t make myself wait either because this was exactly the right book to get me into a summer vacation state of mind.I was just a tiny bit apprehensive when I read the blurb of this and saw it was set back in 1969, I don t mind historical fiction but I did wonder if this would have the same magic as her usual summer books I trust the queen of the beach read though and figured she knew what she was doing and she does Obviously she does, this was book twenty something after all, and I was just as into this one as all of her previous books It was really cool to see a simpler kind of life actually, no cell phones, Instagram, etc that so dominates our daily lives now, but there was no shortage of drama back then either So many of the rampant issues back then are still sadly relevant today too, racism, women s rights issues, etc that despite being set fifty years ago it still felt surprisingly relevant.No one features an ensemble cast better than EH, she manages to create casts of characters that you feel invested in and also relate to on some level There s a little something for everyone here, mom Kate trying to cope with her only son Tiger, being shipped off to Vietnam, daughters Kirby, Blair and Jessie who range from early twenties to just turned teenager and so many supporting characters that give the whole thing vibrancy and life A must read for summer, make sure you read the authors note for the inspiration behind the story, it was super cool Summer of 69 in three words Breezy, Spirited and Delightful flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 20, 2019 PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps rated it liked it review of another edition 2.5 STARSAmid the war in Vietnam, the summer of 1969 brought the moon landing, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock With a son Tiger fighting in Nam, college age Kirby working on Martha s Vineyard, eldest daughter Blair pregnant with twins back in Boston, Kate only has thirteen year old Jessie with her at her mom s Nantucket summer homeMMER OF 69 isn t one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novels Her first historical fiction novel felt modern than fifty years ago Hilderbrand throws in an occas 2.5 STARSAmid the war in Vietnam, the summer of 1969 brought the moon landing, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock With a son Tiger fighting in Nam, college age Kirby working on Martha s Vineyard, eldest daughter Blair pregnant with twins back in Boston, Kate only has thirteen year old Jessie with her at her mom s Nantucket summer homeMMER OF 69 isn t one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novels Her first historical fiction novel felt modern than fifty years ago Hilderbrand throws in an occasional far out , party line phone service to remind readers we re reading the 1960s, but also slips up with modern language like the N word which only came into use about fifteen years ago Jessie uses the term molested and immediately realizes her tennis teacher s behavior is in appropriate, which didn t happen often in 1979, let alone 1969 I m the type of reader who s distracted by such lapses Hilderbrand does drop in the sexism, racism, anti Semitism and other cultural phenomena The sexism worked, the racism felt staged, as if the black characters existed to illustrate racism The black family had married a doctor and judge I liked the complications of interracial dating and that Kirby had interacted with Dr Frazier back in Boston, which was the only time we saw the characters, except for Kirby s maybe boyfriend, doing anything but being black Minor spoilers Jessie, Kate, Blair and Kirby each had their stories told in third person alternating chapters, but SUMMER OF 69 felt character than plot driven The ending was too Pollyanna for me I enjoyed reading SUMMER OF 69, but not as much as most of Hilderbrand s books flag 17 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 16, 2019 Kristy rated it really liked it Shelves from the library, historical, a real book wow, family, little brown, fiction, women s fiction, read in 2019 Every year Kate Levin and her family spend the summer on Nantucket with Kate s mother, Exalta But this summer is different Kate s eldest, Blair, 24, is now married to a MIT professor named Angus Whalen and they re expecting their first baby in August As such, Blair won t be on Nantucket this summer Middle sister, Kirby, is a junior in college and spending the summer on Martha s Vineyard Her only son, Tiger, recently deployed to Vietnam, which has left Kate feeling completely panicked and lo Every year Kate Levin and her family spend the summer on Nantucket with Kate s mother, Exalta But this summer is different Kate s eldest, Blair, 24, is now married to a MIT professor named Angus Whalen and they re expecting their first baby in August As such, Blair won t be on Nantucket this summer Middle sister, Kirby, is a junior in college and spending the summer on Martha s Vineyard Her only son, Tiger, recently deployed to Vietnam, which has left Kate feeling completely panicked and lost Only her youngest, thirteen year old, Jessie, makes the trip But without her siblings, Jessie feels overlooked and ignored It s the historic summer of 69 and Levin family will have some memorable experiences of their own, too I just love Elin Hilderbrand s books and this was a really fun one It didn t feel that much like historical fiction, despite the 1969 setting, but it was fascinating to get a glimpse of how the late 1960s affected the family and their decisions especially the females The time period affects each woman, even Jessie, in their own way Mom Kate was a tough one to love, at times, ignoring her poor daughter and moaning about Tiger and her own past But, man, Hilderbrand just comes up with the best family dynamics She sets an amazing scene, aided by her beloved Nantucket, and before you know it, you are there with her characters, immersed in their drama and daily lives For me, the star of this one was young Jessie I loved how much of the book revolved around her the points of view vary, but we hear from her a lot, and I couldn t help but love the kid Nothing like growing up with a slightly absent mom, domineering grandmother, and a bunch of way older siblings, one of whom is at war She was a breath of fresh air, and of course, Hilderbrand wrote from a teenage point of view perfectly She gives all Kate s daughters their own unique voice, and it s amazing how each character stands out easily as distinct from one another This is not simply a tale of a family over a summer, it s captivating and engaging look at a family shaped by historical and domestic circumstances I certainly enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend it I usually shy away from historical fiction, but I found it quite interesting great characters and family dynamics as always from our summer novel queen 4 stars Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 26, 2019 H l ne rated it liked it Ok a 3 stars Not a page turner it s a soft summery read It s based on the year I was born, that s cool Found out stuff I didn t know so that was educational The characters the one I didn t like at all Nonny the grandma even if at the end she mellowed a leopard can t change his spots The ones I like is Kirby a strong woman and Jessie too The were ok.This was a read for the Quarterly book exchange so it will be sent to next person on my list flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 23, 2019 Kate Olson rated it it was amazing Shelves adult reads LOVED IT My favorite Hilderbrand novel yet LOVED IT My favorite Hilderbrand novel yet flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 22, 2019 Shelby rated it it was amazing Shelves womens fiction, historical fiction It s the summer of 1969 and the Levin family have big plans to vacation in Nantucket, like they have every year for decades Kate s 19 year old son, Richard Tiger has just been shipped off to Vietnam Kate is petrified by what could happen to her only son, worried she ll never see him again And due to this, Kate picks up a nasty drinking habit that threatens the sanctity of her marriage Kate s youngest, Jessie, turns 13 on the day they head to Nantucket Jessie knows this summer will be big It s the summer of 1969 and the Levin family have big plans to vacation in Nantucket, like they have every year for decades Kate s 19 year old son, Richard Tiger has just been shipped off to Vietnam Kate is petrified by what could happen to her only son, worried she ll never see him again And due to this, Kate picks up a nasty drinking habit that threatens the sanctity of her marriage Kate s youngest, Jessie, turns 13 on the day they head to Nantucket Jessie knows this summer will be big she s finally becoming a woman She meets 15 year old Pick, a boy staying at her Nonny s house And Pick is Jessie s very first crush She s smitten as a kitten being a lady is starting to become appealing by the day 24 year old Blair is both a newlywed to astrophysicist, Angus, and heavily pregnant, growing bigger by the day From the outside, her marriage seems perfect, but Angus and Blair face some unexpected challenges And although she wasn t planning to, Blair ends up staying in Nantucket with her family until she gives birth 21 year old Kirby is the eternal hippie and anti war activist She decides to skip Nantucket this summer and spends it in Martha s Vineyard instead There she is forced to face a part of her past she vowed to leave behind her But she also finds her little slice of happiness on Martha s Vineyard She meets Harvard student, Darren, and they quickly form a romance Darren is African American and Kirby is trying to navigate dating a person of color and what an interracial relationship looks like A story about love, war, family and strength Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a slice of life story from the year that this beloved author was born It includes all the relevant topics from her time War, feminism, Woodstock, political scandals I felt this was the perfect blend of historical and women s fiction I found myself transported into the Levin s family, if only for a few months of their history This one s a winner 5 5 stars flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Fiction Fanatics July 2019 Summer of 69 5 27 Jul 30, 2019 07 52PM Play Book Tag Summer of 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    Bryan Adams Summer Of Official Music Video Jun , Bryan Adams Summer of Live At Wembley Duration Bryan Adams ,, views Bryan Adams Summer of YouTube Nov , Directed by Steve Barron This song written by Adams and Vallance, has become a classic The reference is not about the year, it s about nostalgia and making love in the summer Summer of Elin Hilderbrand Amid the war in Vietnam, the summer of brought the moon landing, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock With a son Tiger fighting in Nam, college age Kirby working on Martha s Vineyard, eldest daughter Blair pregnant with twins back in Boston, Kate only has thirteen year old Jessie with her at her mom s Nantucket summer home. Summer of by Elin Hilderbrand Summer of is a nostalgic, domestic tale that takes us back to the idyllic island of Nantucket during a year when Vietnam was still raging, and Apollo was finally going to put men on the moon, and into the lives of the blended Foley Levin family as they navigate a Bryan Adams Summer of Lyrics Genius Lyrics Summer of is the fourth single from Bryan Adam s forth album, Reckless Written by Adams and Jim Vallance, Summer of had gone though many changes before releasing it as a single, and it Summer of by Elin Hilderbrand, Hardcover Barnes Noble Summer of wades gracefully into a time of political upheaval not unlike the one we re in now Hilderbrand shifts among characters with her usual ease, weaving a saga that will make you forget the dynamics of your own dysfunctional people as you crowd into a too small vacation rental You definitely wouldn t want to share an outdoor shower with the Levins, but you also won t want to put down this book until you find out how they survive this stressful season. Summer of Kindle edition by Elin Hilderbrand Summer of Kindle edition by Elin Hilderbrand Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Summer of . Bryan Adams Summer Of Lyrics AZLyrics It was the summer, the summer, the summer of , yeah Submit Corrections Thanks to Konstantina Kostova, Sajeevan, ssjody, Lil Miss, Rafay Siddiqui for correcting these lyrics. Summer of Summer of is a song recorded by the Canadian musician Bryan Adams, from his fourth album, Reckless The song was written by Adams and Jim Vallance , SUMMER OF CHORDS by Bryan Adams Ultimate Guitar.Com Verse D I got my first real six string A Bought it at the five and dime D Played it til my fingers bled A It was the summer of Verse D Me and some guys from school A Had a band SUMMER OF CHORDS by Bryan Adams Ultimate Guitar.Com

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      Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.Facebook ElinHilderbrandPinterest Elin Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.Facebook ElinHilderbrandPinterest ElinHilderbrand

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    1. 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 bit for her annual June and now October releases And while many authors contribute to this genre space, 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 a ferry to Nantucket for a dose of scenery, local eats, and unparalleled [...]


    2. 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 stars You 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 releasing,Time 4 ful [...]


    3. 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 ar To say I ve been [...]


    4. 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 away to the sun in Nantucket The cover alone took me to my happy summer place Elin Hilderbrand weaves a historical fiction, family drama with a beach read that was the perfect summer read for me She vividly creates the iconic American summer of 69 while capturing eac Summe [...]


    5. Evocative, entrancing, absorbing I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite 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 premise, and had a deep fondness for the whole story in general SUMMER OF 69 by ELIN HILDERBRAND is a nostalgic, fun, touching, moving, and b Evocative [...]


    6. 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 real.This is my first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away I love her style of writing and I truly 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 wou Wow [...]


    7. Fun in the sun in the summer of 69 Let s see how many times I mention summer during this review.This 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 Foley Levin clan Every June they leave the stifling city heat of Boston for three months, to vacation at their grandmother s summer house on Nantucket and this summer of 69 i Fun i [...]


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