It’s 1962 and Heddy Winsome is heading to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer that will forever change her life. Having been raised in Brooklyn by a single mother struggling to pay each month’s rent, Heddy is striving for something more. Everything was looking bright but after losing her scholarship to Wellesley, her future is in jeopardy. A summer working as a nanny for one of Martha’s Vineyard’s wealthiest families offers her some hope. Will being surrounded by the rich and privileged enable Heddy to enter this world and help her get closer to the life she believes she deserves?
Summer Darlings is an enjoyable book filled with people who are not what they seem. From the perfect couple, Ted and Jean-Rose Williams, who hire Heddy, to the fun-loving and very famous actress Gigi who lives next door, to two possible love interests. You can visualize the impeccable, tasteful homes, the private beaches and the early 60s styles. And there’s some fun nostalgic references of people and places from the period. You'll be rooting for Heddy.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Brooke Lea Foster for an advance copy of this impressive debut effort. I hope Summer Darlings gets the attention it deserves.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: May 5, 2020.
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