The Summer Wives

The Summer Wives

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition.
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Twenty years after being banished from Winthrop Island, Miranda Schuyler returns to find justice for the man she once loved. In 1951, 18-year-old Miranda Schuyler and her mother arrive on Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound for her mother's marriage to the wealthy Hugh Fisher. Miranda's impulsive stepsister Isobel introduces her to the other families with big summer houses; she also presents her island friend Joseph Vargas, a Brown University student who helps out on his father's lobster boat. Isobel soon resents the instant connection between Miranda and Joseph, who find joy in their romance despite the challenges from both sides of the class divide. But the promise of a bright future together ends the moment Joseph pleads guilty in the mysterious death of Isobel's father. Decades later, Miranda is back on the island and Joseph has escaped from prison; is it coincidence, or will lingering questions about the night of Fisher's death finally be answered?
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2018]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062845726
Characteristics: 562 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Summary: Twenty years after being banished from Winthrop Island, Miranda Schuyler returns to find justice for the man she once loved. In 1951, 18-year-old Miranda Schuyler and her mother arrive on Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound for her mother's marriage to the wealthy Hugh Fisher. Miranda's impulsive stepsister Isobel introduces her to the other families with big summer houses; she also presents her island friend Joseph Vargas, a Brown University student who helps out on his father's lobster boat. Isobel soon resents the instant connection between Miranda and Joseph, who find joy in their romance despite the challenges from both sides of the class divide. But the promise of a bright future together ends the moment Joseph pleads guilty in the mysterious death of Isobel's father. Decades later, Miranda is back on the island and Joseph has escaped from prison; is it coincidence, or will lingering questions about the night of Fisher's death finally be answered?

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Havanacat
Jan 02, 2019

Plot. Every character has a part to play in this story, no matter how insignificant they seem. The backstories are expertly woven and drive the story.

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

I read this after seeing the author speak as part of the Story Center's Speaker Series this July. I've loved Beatriz Williams' writing since I read her first book, "Overseas," but I felt like I enjoyed this one even more after hearing her talk about her writing process and the intentional way she builds her plots and characters. This was a fairly intricate plot, with three overlapping timelines - one in the 1930s, one in the 1950s, and one in the late 1960s. Each story-line connected to the others, and the book was broken into three sections - June, July, and August. If you like historical fiction, mysteries, and a dash of romance you'll enjoy this book! Extra points if you can spot the "Tempest" references. --Rachel (see more of my picks by following WoodneathRachel)

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WoodneathRachel
Sep 14, 2018

I read this after seeing the author speak as part of the Story Center's Speaker Series this July. I've loved Beatriz Williams' writing since I read her first book, "Overseas," but I felt like I enjoyed this one even more after hearing her talk about her writing process and the intentional way she builds her plots and characters. This was a fairly intricate plot, with three overlapping timelines - one in the 1930s, one in the 1950s, and one in the late 1960s. Each story-line connected to the others, and the book was broken into three sections - June, July, and August. If you like historical fiction, mysteries, and a dash of romance you'll enjoy this book! Extra points if you can spot the "Tempest" references.

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laphampeak
Sep 01, 2018

A highly recommendable book! Williams writes about Winthrop Island over various periods of time and through the eyes of families and dubious relationships. And secrets.....secrets that cause the reader to become deeply involved. Her characters are well developed whether likeable or not. The story also has a place in history that reveals the challenge of women at the time. A solid read.

ArapahoeKati Aug 22, 2018

Beatriz does it again! Her writing is always on point. I'll read anything she writes. One of my favorite historical fiction authors.

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abbydog2
Aug 16, 2018

I had a very hard time finishing this book. It just dragged on and on and the switches between eras was confusing. Too many sub-plots. There are many, many better 2018 books.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jul 25, 2018

Beatriz Williams presents the descendant of a male member of the Schuyler clan. Miranda's daddy taught art at Foxcroft and was killed during WWII. The book opens with her return to Winthrop Island in 1969 to escape her movie director husband's abuse. Her mother is a widow again, and her late husband's island retreat is crumbling.

The plot reveals life behind closed doors for women from the pre-WWII years through the early 1970s and explains why women were ready for the feminist movement. Spoiler alert: Hugh Fisher is a total skunk.

There's an interesting line about how men write books and make movies which portray their fantasies about women. Perhaps this explains why the characters are far more authentic than the author's earlier books.

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