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10 thoughts on “Summer of '69

  1. says:

    “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 uite 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 LevinFoley family for what is poised to be a defining time Not only for the family but for the nation as a wholeThe 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 Chappauiddick 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 ♥


  2. says:

    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 starsYou 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 releasingTime 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 livesTime of Chappauiddick Affair yes Senator Kennedy drove into ta pound and Mary Joe Kopechne is deadTime 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 REM 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 WarSo 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 relationship48 years old mother of 4 children Kate suffering from past regrets burden of a big secret and alcoholismOlder 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 familyTiger 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 historyI think this is the best book of this author that I’ve ever readbloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  3. says:

    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 realThis 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 Chappauiddick The LevinNichols 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 livesIt 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 peopleHands 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


  4. says:

    I think I have a like hate relationship with Elin Hilderbrand’s novelsTo put it bluntly I like Hilderbrand’s stories But I don’t like Hilderbrand’s writingA year ago I read her Winter Street series and found the entire experience to be similar to that of watching a B movie – not that great not totally satisfying but just engaging enough to lead me to read all four books in the series I cut Hilderbrand some slack however as I have often found that a holiday series is not necessarily an accurate depiction of an author’s true writing chops I thought it best to give one of her summery novels a try before forming a definitive opinion about her work seeing as those seem to be what her devoted readers love best And it was with all this in mind that I approached Summer of '69 I happily selected it as my next Hilderbrand novel both mildly excited and optimistically hopeful that I would find it to be a substantially better read than the Winter Street series Alas Sigh Sigh SighThe novel follows the members of the Levin family as they individually prepare for what is for them a different type of summer The year is 1969 one of the most politically charged chaotic years in the history of the United States The Levin children typically look forward to spending the summer together in Nantucket living in their grandmother’s historic home But their lives are in as much a state of upheaval as is the nationIn Boston is Blair the eldest sister pregnant with twins and unable to travel to Nantucket Kirby the middle sister and civil rights activist accepts a summer job in Martha’s Vineyard to distance herself from the family The only son Tiger is a soldier away fighting in the Vietnam War And thirteen year old Jessie is left facing a dismal summer alone in the house with her set in her ways grandmother Exalta and anxious mother Kate No Life is certainly not the same for the Levins – and little do they know the extent it will continue to change over the course of the summer of 1969To swing back around to the opening line of my review I will begin by saying that overall I like Summer of ’69 Really Truly The story is compelling from the start The characters are appealing The historical backdrop of 1969 is intriguing and adds an extra layer of interest to the narrativeButThe novel is just so simplistic So superficial So light and by this I mean without any sort of depth or weight to it In no way does Hilderbrand dig deeply into the story – the narrative the characters the historical setting and the political climate are all flat and touched only on the surfaceHistory lovers – know that Summer of ‘69 is at best lite historical fiction At its core the novel is of a family drama and the story is not at all beholden to the year 1969 Plus it’s almost as if Hilderbrand attempts to up the historical authenticity factor by tossing into the narrative every single bit of research she uncovered along with every single notable public event of 1969 The history feels forced and manipulated rather than naturally threaded into the dramaAnd Hilderbrand’s writing is just gulp cringeworthy Excuse me while I duck and cover Swinging baseball bats are incoming It’s nails on chalkboard awful Her prose is pedestrian and clunky; her sentences are elementary and almost child like in nature She tells everything and shows the reader nothingMy biggest pet peeve? She uses the exclamation point almost as often as she uses the period It’s mind boggling It must be her favorite form of punctuation Please stop Oh how I wish she instead loved the period Or the uestion mark Heck I would even settle for a semicolon now and thenSee what I did there?Too much? All snarky criticism aside Summer of ‘69 is enjoyable and makes for a great beach read But if you’re looking for anything than that I recommend you look elsewhereAnd don’t get me wrong I still see many many Hilderbrand novels in my future Some things in life are so good because they are so bad


  5. says:

    Evocative entrancing absorbingI have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for uite 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 StatsCover A feel good happy summery and lively cover that depicts this time period and storyline perfectlyTitle Intriguing appealing emotive relevant and a simply beautiful representation to storylineWritingProse Compulsively readable expressive prolific engaging and dramatic Plot Dynamic steadily paced fun captivating nostalgic heartfelt relevant and entertainingEnding A beautiful and heartfelt ending that left me feeling totally satiatedOverall 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 recommendThis review along with Brenda's can also be found on our blog


  6. says:

    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 predictableview spoilerAngus's affair with Trixie TRIXIE?? turning out to be his psychiatrist? GaspPick's biological father being Kate's first now dead husband? Go figureThe alleged gun accident actually being a suicide? No way hide spoiler


  7. says:

    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 uietly 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 growthI 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


  8. says:

    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 Chappauiddick 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 wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


  9. says:

    There’s a lot going on in Summer of '69 The three sisters in the FoleyLevin 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 painBut 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 meOne 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


  10. says:

    Fun in the sun in the summer of '69 Let's see how many times I mention summer during this reviewThis 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 FoleyLevin 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 exceptionKate – 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 safeBlair 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 tearsKirby 20 – Kate's middle daughter Informs her family she will be spending her summer break from college working on Martha's VineyardJessie 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 himSoak 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 sonElin 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 1969The perfect book to unwind and relax on the beach with


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Summer of '69 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 with their grandmother in 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 Chappauiddick a man flies to the moon and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself as she grows into her own body and mind