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The Summer Wives

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,286 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—a spellbinding novel of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound . . .

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound a
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by William Morrow (first published July 3rd 2018)
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Meg no, the characters sometimes pop in and out of the stories. The stories do not run off of each other.
Aigroeg Miranda is older than the 3 sisters and younger than Kate (Forgotten room). BW will have to develop a new "branch". This is the link to the Schuyler…moreMiranda is older than the 3 sisters and younger than Kate (Forgotten room). BW will have to develop a new "branch". This is the link to the Schuyler family tree

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♥ Sandi ❣
4.5 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and William Morrow for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publication July 10, 2018.

Although I have heard that Beatriz Williams was a good author, I had never read her before. I do have a number of her books on my TBR list however. Now that I have read one of her books, all the rest of them need to be elevated to the top of my reading list. I found her character development to be superb. The story line was well thought out and flowed well, while bouncing bet
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

Miranda has come back after eighteen years to the island where she has spent every summer since her mother married into the prestigious Fisher family. She hasn’t told anyone the reason why she has returned to Winthrop’s Island with bruises that no one mentions, but since she stays for a relatively long time, the reason can be assumed even though it might be the wrong guess.

Miranda's return isn’t a welcome event even after all of this time, though, because of her testimony at the trial of the li
Renee (
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Told in alternating time periods between 2 women, only Beatriz Williams can pull this type of narrative off SO well. I loved the setting...a little island...and how she was able to evoke the details of the time and place so that I felt I was there, sipping one of MANY cocktails with the characters in the story. I thought she weaved a fantastic story and although I may have had a tiny issue with an event at the end, it wasn't enough to influence my enjoyment of the way ...more
Kate Olson
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for this free review copy!
Set on an exclusive island of elite wealth in Long Island Sound, THE SUMMER WIVES bounces between 1930, 1951 and 1969. Williams masterfully weaves these storylines and events together while always maintaining a taut tone of romance and suspense revolving around two very different families on the island - one year-round Portuguese family and one of the wealthy New England summer clans.
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Katie B
Miranda Schuyler has arrived on Winthrop Island in the summer of 1951. Her mother is set to marry Hugh Fisher, and after the wedding she will be spending the summer in his home with her new stepsister, Isobel. Miranda soon realizes there are two types of people on the island, the wealthy who come to the island to stay in their vacation homes and dine at the country club, and the working class make ends meet by catering to the rich. As Isobel shows her around the island, Miranda is drawn to Josep ...more
Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for this gorgeous free copy of THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams - all opinions are my own.

This is my second Beatriz Williams novel and it was everything I hoped it would be: a story with mystery, murder, drama, and romance, told in alternating time periods, spanning decades with two narratives that only Williams can execute so flawlessly. Miranda Schuyler arrives at Winthrop Island located in Long Island Sound in the summer of 1951
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This could be my favorite book of 2018 no matter what I read moving forward. This is the book you recommend to a friend when they say to you, " I need a good page turner". It is full of mystery, romance and drama. It captures you from page one and never lets you down. Of course until you finish the book and you want to read more. Don't try to explain to people what it is about just simply tell them to trust you. I do advise readers to pay attention to every character no matter how insignificant ...more
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by Liberty Hardy

There’s no time like the present to sink into an enchanting historical novel. I present to you The Summer Wives, a fantastic page-turner set on a New England island where the very privileged live and play. There’s mystery! There’s romance! There are waves crashing and hearts pounding! It’s perfect.

It’s 1951 on Winthrop Island and Miranda Schulyer has returned from boarding school to spend the summer at her new stepfather’s home. Here she will meet Joseph, a friend of
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beatriz Williams is back with another perfect summer read.

Miranda Schuyler arrives on Winthrop Island in 1951 with her mother, who is about to marry Hugh Fisher. She is drawn in to a world of high class parties and money, something she knows nothing about. She ends up falling for Joseph Vargas, a fishermen on the island. This is not acceptable as there is a clear distinction between those who live on the island and those who simply spend their summers there.

Almost 20 years later, Miranda returns
Sherri Thacker
The Hollywood Wives was another book by the wonderful Beatriz Williams. She can tell a story unlike anyone else and I felt like I was right back there in time! I did find myself getting confused because of so many different characters and all the different time periods and because of that I didn’t finish this book. It was just dragging too much for me. I’m very disappointed in this one. I know I’m in the minority for not loving this one.
Sally Koslow
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a sophisticated scalpel, Beatriz Williams dissects long-held passion, prejudice, and mistrust lurking in an insular (did I mention the book takes place on an island?) community with secrets that go back for generations. Pour yourself a gin and tonic, and don’t rush this ravishing novel by New England storytelling’s reigning queen. Set in the 50s and 60s, THE SUMMER WIVES offers profound relevance for today’s times, As we ask ourselves, who belongs here and who doesn’t?
Jan 18, 2018 marked it as physical_to-read_stack  ·  review of another edition
I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Catherine Faulkenburg
I have mixed feelings about this book.

First, the writing is very pretty. It's sensual, and paints evocative pictures. I forgot I was reading about a fictional place in America, it seems very European all the way through. So it's got that going for it.

The conflict is also well thought out. Miranda makes an excellent main character, and the conflict of the well to do summer residents vs. the working class plays out well.

The negatives: the plot kind of drags. I am honestly kind of tired of reading
Note to self: Edelweiss expires 7/10.
Maureen Timerman
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The setting for this book is a little known exclusive island off the coast of Long Island, and the story spans decades there.
The author shows us both sides of the people that live here, the wealthy summer residents, and the immigrant Portuguese’s, mainly the businesses and help.
Be ready for a bit of mystery, murder, and how the population here is related to one another. There are several bombshells dropped, some of which I saw coming, but others are complete surprises. I guess, when the final f
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great book to read on the beach. Here we have Winthrop Island with the inevitable contrast of the wealthy owners of the big houses and the Portuguese fisherman and laborers who serve them. As for drama, there is plenty—illicit affairs, a murder, a famous actress, unrequited love, ‘convenient’ pregnancies, deathbed confessions, copious amounts of gin and so much more. As for the ‘beach’ part; there is swimming, boating, lobstering and sailing, sailing, sailing. Have fun!
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Such a compelling and atmospheric historical beach read- I loved being lost in the world of Miranda and the exclusive Winthrop Island. This wasn't my favorite of Williams' novels, but I still really, really enjoyed it! Full review to come!
What a great story. I loved and hated so many of the characters. A great story about love, loss, redemption and “us” against “them”. I’d love to find this area and spend a summer there. It sounds magical.

Beatriz Williams reminds me a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ll be checking out more of her books at my local library.

I love my Book of the Month subscription it gets me reading authors I didn’t even know about.
Julie Daniels
This was amazing! A top favorite for sure and a new auto-buy author. I have to have every book Beatriz Williams has written now. Immediately! It was that amazing. Review to come once I have my thoughts in order.
The Summer Wives is Beatriz Williams best book so far!! I absolutely loved it!
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so many elements that worked well together and made it a book that I stayed up late to finish! There is a unique setting on an island where the class system unfortunately plays a role as we see the residents navigate summers with visitors. There is also romance (more than I expected, but it was well done) and most importantly a mystery. At times I was unsure why the author was writing about a character, but all of her words, and descriptions of island life were intentional and play ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Quite possibly the best Beatriz Williams novel yet. I fell in love with all the characters and felt drawn into their lives. I felt their sorrows and celebrated their joys. This one kept me up reading very late, as I could not put this book down. The ending was one of the best.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love me a good Beatriz Williams book. I first discovered her when I picked up A Hundred Summers at a library sale and I’ve been devouring her work since. The Summer Wives is another book to go down in my favorites. And please check out her website ( because seriously, the main photo is EXACTLY how I pictured Greyfriars. It made me ridiculously happy to see that picture. I absolutely love when the book in my mind is envisioned the same by someone else. I’m sure you k ...more
Reeca Elliott
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-app, netgalley
Miranda returns to Winthrop Island after a terrible accident. She may have returned under tragic circumstances but she had also left years earlier in a cloud of suspicion.

There are a good many characters in this story so, as a reader, you have to pay attention or it can get confusing. I enjoyed Miranda. She is tough, tougher than she looks. Plus, she has a big heart. There is Isobel. She is sort of a wild child. There is Hugh. He is Miranda's brother, who is named after her step father, Hugh Fis
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, book-nerds
I received this Advanced Reader’s Edition through the Book Club Girl. I was immediately enthralled by the story, taking place in three different summers on the same fictitious Winthrop Island in NY. The story telling is superb with how Williams takes us through June, July, and August of the years 1930, 1951, and 1969. The characters are so real with their weaknesses and flaws. She also caught the voices of Miranda and Bianca so clearly.
I couldn’t put the book down.
Jennifer Jimenez
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. Once I got into it it was hard for me to put down.

Liked: - The characters. I didn't necessarily care about them like I have with other books, but they weren't detestable. They were interesting and had me curious to see what they'd do next.
- The community. I enjoyed the idea of the islanders, and the way the community interacts with each other. Interesting conflicts.
-The plot. I enjoyed the mystery, and the resolution.

Disliked: - THE TIME JUMPS. If we did PAST Miranda t
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love, mystery and social status are all interwoven in this new tale by Beatriz Williams. The characters come to life as you flip through the pages. The various time periods and the social constraints placed on the main characters also play a very important role. Many of the lives are interwoven and Miranda will uncover all the truths to protect her one true love. I was extremely lucky o receive an advanced reader’s copy of the book which will be coming out in July.
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YEP. Beatriz Williams delivers again with a great historical novel that delivers mystery, intrigue, romance, and a dual perspective narrative-- everything readers have come to expect from her novels.

Miranda Schuyler's mother marries the immensely wealthy Hugh Fisher and brings her to the elite world of Winthrop Island off the coast of New York. Miranda is thrown into a new world, both simultaneously attracted to and disturbed by its wealth, power, and intrigue. There, she finds herself drawn to
Christine Moore
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
This amazing book has it all! Mystery, romance, secrets, and family drama all rolled into one perfect book! I loved the characters as they were so real and honest. The setting was described perfectly and I was on the island right along with the characters. I was completely drawn into this book and was sad when it ended. I received an advanced readers copy from Edelweiss and William Morrow. All opinions are my own.
An absorbing story of family dynamics, secrets, and romance (mostly forbidden) set among the monied who summer on an east coast island. The island setting was so well depicted that I found myself doing a Google Earth search (author names the island that inspired the setting in the afterword) and examining the island by zooming in (for the record, it was easy to pick out landmarks mentioned in the novel).

If you're looking for a fabulous book to read while on a summer vacation, take this along bu
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