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What happened on that long-ago summer? In this riveting novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, an aspiring Hollywood actress makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, a young mother sets out to discover what happened …

Summer, 1940: When Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss Bathing Beauty in her hometown of Santa Cruz, she’s determined to see herself on
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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Meredith Jaeger Hi Dawn,

Violet and Evie are both married when they enter the competition, but it is against the rules to be married, so Evie convinces Violet to lie.…more
Hi Dawn,

Violet and Evie are both married when they enter the competition, but it is against the rules to be married, so Evie convinces Violet to lie. Page 2: "I tamped down my fear, remembering the lie I told the pageant officials. Yet I hadn't stopped myself from filling out the Miss California contest entry form, my hands shaking as I'd signed my name."(less)

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
4 refreshing as a sea breeze stars to Boardwalk Summer! 🍦🎡⛱ 🎠

Boardwalk Summer has two interesting timelines. Violet Harcourt, an aspiring actress and “bathing beauty” in 1940s Santa Cruz, California, and Marisol Cruz, single mom, living in 2007 Santa Cruz as well. Both stories take place during the summer with a stunning beach backdrop and all of the fun and intrigue of the Beach Boardwalk and its performers.

The book opens with Violet winning Miss Bathing Beauty; however, she has kept a big sec
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Jessica
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a TLC Book Tour.

I absolutely loved everything about this book!

I was so excited to read this because it takes place in Santa Cruz, California. I just so happen to live in nearby San Jose (which is mentioned in passing a few times in the book) and have been to Santa Cruz and the boardwalk myself. It was really cool reading about a place that I was familiar with. The beach boardwalk was the place for end of the field trips w
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Mari, Violet, and Ricardo have a connection.

No one knew about the connection until Mari decided to do some research.

BOARDWALK SUMMER smoothly goes back and forth from 1940 to 2010.

Violet is married, enters a beauty pageant in 1940, wins the pageant, but then relinquishes the win because only unmarried women are allowed to enter. She also gives up the crown because her abusive, controlling husband was furious. Violet then does a few unlikely and out-of-character things.

Mari is an unmarried moth
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Amy
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ninja
4.5/5

Before I get into my thoughts on the book I’m so excited to share that my friend Jamie and I are starting a new collaboration and it starts today! Jamie is an avid reviewer on Goodreads and Instagram and we both read super fast and have very similar taste in books, though we don’t always agree 😜Boardwalk Summer is the first of our many planned buddy reads where I’ll be sharing my thoughts as usual but you’ll get the added bonus of hearing what Jamie thought as well. Hope you guys enjoy this
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
An entertaining historical beach read. I found myself drawn to one point of view over the other, but nonetheless, I liked how the author tied it all together even if it seemed a little too coincidental. Fans of historical beach reads will like this one. Full review to come.
Betty
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I did not realize until after I finished the book that its author also wrote “The Dressmaker’s Dowry” which I really enjoyed.

The story alternates between Violet Harcourt in the 1940s and Marisol (Mari) Cruz in 2007. Violet Harcourt was a beautiful California girl who dreamed of making it big in Hollywood. Although married at the time to an abusive, controlling husband, she entered a local beauty pageant in her hometown of Santa Cruz and won. This was her ticket to Ho
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Elise Hooper
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meredith Jaeger creates a compelling story that channels both the glamour and big dreams of old Hollywood with the charm and thrills of Santa Cruz’s boardwalk as two daring women risk everything to find love. Past and present meld together in unexpected ways to create a rollercoaster of mystery and adventure.
Tammy
Boardwalk Summer is a lovely beach read full of family secrets. Alternating between the 1940's and the early 2000's, Boardwalk Summer is the story of Marisol's quest to save the historic gazebo on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As she researches the rich history of the boardwalk, she uncovers some secrets hidden by her grandfather years ago. The story is filled with Old Hollywood and history of the Santa Cruz beach.
Meredith Schorr
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to obtain an advanced paperback of this novel. Boardwalk Summer was a delight to read! I absolutely loved the way the author weaved the past and present, and the hint of mystery kept me anxiously turning the pages. I loved the strength in both female characters, especially Violet. And I loved the romance between Mari and Jason. I will confess to bursting into tears of one point, but it was because I was truly vested in the story.

Cathy Daniel
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this in one evening! A little predictable and heavy on coincidence and almost too light , but such a sweet story and perfect ending. I actually teared up. Recommend for a good summer read :)
Ariel
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story that goes back and forth in time between the 1940's to the present day. In the past Violet Harcourt is trying to break free of an abusive husband and make it in Hollywood while in 2007 Marisol Cruz is trying to make it as a single mom as she struggles to preserve town history that has importance to her family. Violet and Marisol have a lot in common as they both struggle to bury secrets from the past. They share a connection that goes beyond Marisol's interest in the beauty ...more
Linda Zagon
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
IMG_4252MY REVIEW OF “BOARDWALK SUMMER” BY Meredith Jaeger William Morrow, June 18, 2018

I loved everything about “Boardwalk Summer” by Meredith Jaeger. Kudos to Meredith Jaegar for writing such a captivating, intriguing, riveting, mesmerizing, and romantic story. The author is an amazing storyteller and her detailed vivid descriptions of two timelines in history is memorable. There are layers in this story, and like a puzzle, when you put the pieces together, you get a stunning , surprising, and
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Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popsugar-2018
4.5 Magical Flying Unicorn Stars!

I am so glad this is what my friend Amy (novelgossip) and I chose for our first buddy read together as #ninjatwins! I’m also glad that Amy was a bit ahead of me the whole time so I could share my theories with her without spoiling anything - and I had a lot of theories on this one - some correct, some not so much!

I have always been a fan of dual narratives and dual timelines and love to see how the timelines come together. In Boardwalk Summer, the two timelines f
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Jen
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just went I thought I was getting burnt out on 40’s era fiction, Meredith Jaeger walks in with this gem of a novel. Told from dual narratives- Violet in 1940 and Mari in 2006- Jaeger reveals a story of strength and determination. Marisol is a single mom from a family of Mexican descent. Violet married into a wealthy gilded cage. Taking place in beautiful Santa Cruz, how one beauty pageant winner with stars in her eyes is connected to a family focused, caring historian is an amazing story that wi ...more
Aida Alberto
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book and all opinions are my own. Meredith Jaeger writes unputdownable stories drenched in emotions. The story practically leaps off the pages in its vividness. Don't pass up this amazing book. Happy reading!
Sue
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful novel with a dual time line of modern day and 1940. I enjoyed both stories and loved the way that the author ended the novel.

Marisol is a single mother living with her parents in Santa Cruz. As she is trying to find more about the history of her town for the historical society, she finds a picture of a woman who was trying to become an actress in 1940 but jumped to her death. There is a mystery behind Violet's death and when Marisol finds out that her beloved grandfather was
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Diane
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meredith Jaeger's novel Boardwalk Summer tells the story of two women in two different time periods. In 1940, Violet Harcourt longs to be in the movies, but her marriage to a violent man thwarts her dreams. In 2007, Marisol Cruz's hopes of a college education in history ended when she became pregnant.



No one knows that Violet's husband Charles, a club owner in Santa Cruz, beats her physically and emotionally abuses her. When Violet decides she can no longer take it, she hitches a ride to Hollywoo
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Reeca Elliott
This story rotates between the present and the past. It follows Marisol, a single mother, who is trying to save the historic gazebo in her home town. She uncovers an obituary about Violet Harcourt. Violet was a beauty queen who died tragically. Violet had a strong connection with Marisol’s grandfather and Marisol is determined to find out how strong!

First off…COVER LOVE! Isn’t this cover just wonderful!

There are some good and some bad about this read. I enjoyed reading about Old Hollywood. The n
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r3ad3rsan0nym0us
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sometimes I'm afraid to pick up a book by an author after reading their first book and enjoying it. The Dressmaker's Dowry was a great historical fiction read told in alternating POVs from in past and present. Boardwalk Summer follows a similar style, but of course I wondered how the life of Violet Hastings (1940), a beautiful young woman with aspirations to make it big in Hollywood des
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Judie Dooley
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
very interesting story line..where two young women's from different generations stories are told. It was a little confusing at first, as each chapter was in different times. one in 1940 and the other in 2007 switching back and forth with each chapter..Each story as compelling as the other. Great concept. Believable characters and backgrounds. Your emotions will be tested 'till the end.
This was a goodreads win and I loved it. Well recommended.
Caryn
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review & giveaway on my blog: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2018/...
Ashley Nicole
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
"Boardwalk Summer" is a fun, quick fiction novel that addresses many hot topics, and things about the past. Violet's story is told in first person, while Mari's story is told in 3rd person. This provides a unique narrative, as Mari's story is more present than Violet's. In both character's chapters you find slang and other items appropriate to their respective eras, which allowed the reader to feel in that time period. Reading "Boardwalk Summer" felt as if you were sitting with Meredith Jaeger, ...more
OpenBookSociety.com
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele
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Boardwalk Summer
By Meredith Jaeger
ISBN# 9780062748065
http://meredithjaegerauthor.com/
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Summary:

In this new novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what happened on that long ago summer.

Santa Cruz, Su
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Clarissa
This was a wonderful read but I will give you warning that there is spousal abuse, as well as unequal and threatening treatment of all minorities. Some of you have complained that I don't pride 'trigger warnings'.

There was a dual timeline, but both tie into one another. In the summer of 1940, two friends have signed up for a beauty competition. Violet Harcourt doesn't expect to win, but surprise! She is crowned the winner with her friend the runner-up. The issue is that one needed to be a singl
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Andrea Guy
I have to admit, when I think of beach reads, I seldom think of historical fiction. This book is however the best beach read I've encountered in ages. I read it in one sitting, that's how engrossed I was in the lives of the characters.



Boardwalk Summer gives us the stories of two women, Violet Harcourt, a young woman in 1940 who has big dreams and Mari Cruz, a single mom with a passion for history in 2007 who becomes even more passionate when she reads the obituary of a young woman who was Miss C
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v
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the kind author for this free copy to review.

1940: Violet Harcourt wins the Miss California pageant in her hometown of Santa Cruz giving her an opportunityfor a Hollywood screen test. But her controlling husband sees her entrance in the contest behind his back as an embarrassment and act of disobedience.

2007: Marisol Cruz is waitressing and living with her parents while single parenting her young daughter. She dreams of using her history degree to work in a museum. Mari is enamore
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Sheri Melnick
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaeger’s latest delves into the mysterious suicide of a 1940s beauty queen as a single mom embarks on a quest to preserve the history of her sea-side community. During the summer of 2007, Marisol Cruz is working part-time at a local diner while single-parenting her young daughter Lily. When she gets a part-time job at the local Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, the former history major sees a newspaper article and photograph of Violet Harcourt, a Miss California pageant winner who tragically ...more
Lisa
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Boardwalk Summer’ is an engaging beach read that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Mari is a young, single mom with a love of history. She is intrigued by a picture of Violet Harcourt that she discovers while working at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Museum. She later discovers a postcard sent to her now deceased grandfather signed with a ‘V’. Mari believes that the woman who signed the postcard and Violet are one and the same and she is determined to unravel the mystery.
I really enjoyed the d
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Kathleen Gray
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely lovely book! This switches between the 1940s and 2007. In 2007, Marisol is raising her daughter Lily wth the help of her parents but she's also a historian so when she stumbles upon the story of Violet Harcourt, she must investigate. Violet, oh Violet! Talented, beautiful, and married to an abuser. She wins the Miss California contest but is forced to surrender her title. She runs away to Hollywood but, no spoilers. Mari finds an article about her suicide and wants to know more. At the sa ...more
Molly
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This was ok, perfectly readable and it held my interest, although I found it a bit slow going at the start.
But personally for me this book feels like it needs to be fleshed out a lot more. It tells two stories and I think it suffers for it, as I ended the book feeling like I'd read two halves of two separate books rather than one cohesive story.

The characters were nice if a little bland unoffensive (view spoiler)
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