Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Montauk” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,483 ratings  ·  873 reviews
Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

A simple town on the brink of a glamorous future.

A marriage drifting apart.

A life on the edge of what is and what could be...

An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, L
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Montauk, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Janet I also scanned a vast portion of this very trite novel.
I should have just given it up and moved on.…more
I also scanned a vast portion of this very trite novel.
I should have just given it up and moved on.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.66  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,483 ratings  ·  873 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Montauk
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
“No matter how perfect all these lives seemed from a distance, so full of possibilities and promise, we all wanted more.”

Montauk is a historical novel about one woman’s path to self-discovery through an unexpected romance.

Beatrice, a young housewife, summers in Montauk amongst the wealthy and privileged crowd, but yearns for more. She has lived a sheltered life, to say the least. Away from the bustle of New York City, she begins to recognize the cracks in her marriage. Struggling to fit in
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicola Harrison's debut takes place in 1938, a turbulent time in history, where dark clouds hint of a world war to come, she explores the stifling expectations and roles of women at the time and a story that is revealing of the class inequalities of the period, the differences in the vacuous inconsequential lives of the rich and the more precarious lives of those that are poor, or making more modest livings. It is set in the spectacular natural beauty of the small fishing village of Montauk, Lon ...more
Larry H
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars.

It's 1938, and a large number of New York City's wealthiest residents descend upon Montauk, Long Island to spend the summer in this new East Coast playground. The wives will spend the entire summer there at the luxurious Montauk Manor, a hotel by the sea, while many of their husbands will return to their business interests in the city and then come to Montauk on weekends.

Beatrice Bordeaux is among those wives who will spend their summer in Montauk, but she is surprise
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a story of it’s not you, it’s me. I mistakenly thought this would be more historical fiction than romance novel. And it’s definitely not. Montauk tells the story of Beatrice, a young woman who has married into money and is struggling to fit in with the high society crowd summering in Montauk. It’s 1938 and the country is still recovering from the depression, not that these folks have any problems. The book covers the differences between the haves and the have nots, the sexes, gentiles an ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
sᴜɴ. sᴀʟᴛ. sᴀɴᴅ. ᴍᴏɴᴛᴀᴜᴋ.

Nicola Harrison completely captivated me with this dazzling tale set against the backdrop of 1938 Montauk Long Island. The story had a great sense of place and time. You really got a good handle on the role of women and the class divide in the late 1930s. Sometimes a character would do or say something that would make me cringe and I had to put it in perspective and realize this was a different place and time. This was a romance with a historical setting rather than his
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to St. Martin's Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

I received an invitation widget from the publisher to read and review this book. Otherwise, this wouldn't have caught my eye as something I would want to read. I'm not into the historical romance genre, but every once in awhile I travel outside my comfort zone. Technically this is classified as women's fiction. I steer clear of those too.

Beatrice Bordeaux has been married to Harry for five years. It's 1938, she's
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Nicola Harrison presents her debut novel, Montauk, nestled on the tip of Long Island. It's the summer of 1938 and we, as readers, step into a time period wrapped in social mores, societal webbings, and male/female designated roles.

Not one to be enamored with romance novels, this was a bit of a challenge for me, but through no fault of the writing skills of Nicola Harrison. She sets the tone precisely for the era and her complicated characters reflect that. My backbone arched a bit every time th
Holly  B
This debut novel is set in the summer of 1938 in Montauk, Long Island. 

Beatrice was a great character and it was interesting to see how she reacted to different situations with some of the wealthy wives. She came from a more middle-class background.  Her husband was a truly unlikable guy. 

A bit more of a romance than I was expecting. It is well written, but a bit of a slow burn for me. There is quite a lot going on with themes of the class privilege, infidelity, politics and romance. A bit predi
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

As we drove up the tight and winding road, tree branches reached overhead toward each other like lovers’ hands desperate to connect…

I’d felt paranoid that everyone already knew about Harry’s philandering. How could they not? Women talked and Harry, apparently, was about as discreet with his affairs as a pack of rats going through a dumpster.

Sometimes I yearned for that forever feeling—those hours that stretched into days and days into a week, without a thought for tomorrow. It wa
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece! A book of sheer beauty and delight. Extremely visual and mesmerizing. This is a book to sit down and get lost in. A book written so beautifully that I felt like I was there in Montauk.

This book deserves and award. The raw emotion and sheer beauty of how this book was written is something that should be loved, cherished and breathed in. Horray for Montauk!!

Thank you NetGalley for my free e-copy of Montauk by Nicola Harrison!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Montauk by Nicola Harrison is a historical fiction novel that is set in the very real destination of Montauk, Long Island in 1938. Montauk much like the neighboring area of The Hamptons is/was known for being a vacation destination for the rich even back in 1938.

Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a short summer vacation with her husband, Harry but instead Harry changes up their plans. Harry is looking into investing in Montauk so he arranges for Beatrice to stay for the entire three months
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beatrice Bordeaux, born lower/middle class, was college educated and married to wealthy Harry Bordeaux. Her story takes place the summer of 1938, in the fishing village of Montauk, the latest vacation hotspot for the wealthy. Beatrice and Harry's marriage is failing, not helped by the fact that Beatrice has still not gotten pregnant after five years of marriage. Thinking this summer vacation will be a new beginning for the two of them, Beatrice is dismayed to find that her husband plans to spen ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I was invited by the publisher to read and review this book as part of the blog tour and while I don’t regret accepting the invitation, since the story did appeal to me at the time when I read the summary, I have to admit that this way fell way short of expectations for me. To be honest, when I accepted this one, I actually thought it was historical fiction – since that’s one of my favorite genres, plus I had seen some good reviews for the book, I thought I would really be able to get i
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Montauk 1938: This was a bit of a slow burn read about a young wife, Beatrice, childless after 5 years of marriage and taking a break from New York City to summer in Montauk. While her distracted husband, Harry, is busy with his investment career in the city, Beatrice begins to wonder what type of future she can expect. Bored with the trivial pursuits of the other summer people, Beatrice finds herself becom
The year is 1938 and the setting is New York City where college educated Beatrice Beaudreaux lives with Harry, her husband of five years. They’ve tried unsuccessfully to have a child and she’s noticed that some of the spark is missing between them. When Harry makes plans for them to spend the summer in nearby Montauk, Beatrice believes this will be their chance to reconnect. Unfortunately, he’s only there on weekends and much of his time when there is spent with his other friends and potential i ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Something about the way Harry spoke to me that first night in Montauk gave me hope. We'd been married for five years but the last year or two had been difficult. I'd felt him pull away, distance himself from me, and I'd seen his eyes wander. But that night it was as if he wanted to come back to me fully, as if he wanted me to be an important part of his life again, for us to go back to the way we were when we first married, when it seemed that nothing mattered more than me and him. We w ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this novel, 'Montauk' by Nicola Harrison. This novel will be published June 4, 2019. Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for sending me a copy.

When I began reading this novel, my first thought was that perhaps this book was not for me. I generally don't enjoy reading novels about idle, frivolous wealthy people and I initially thought that's what this novel would be. But as I made my way through the book, I realized that this story was so much more than I had t
By now I'm quite sure or hope that many of you have read Montauk, one of the best summer reads for 2019. It is, however, a engrossing tale that surpasses the usual summer fare making it a delight to read any time. Set in the pre-WWII days of New York, it is the story of a woman who married "above her station" without fully comprehended all that would involve. When her husband tells that they are going to travel to Montauk for the summer, she assumes they will be there together. Sadly, she was mi ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great debut Nicola Harrison! This has all the high-drama and scandal of a soap opera. Set in 1938, Beatrice has married Harry, who is very wealthy. She, herself, came from a more humble backgroung. Spending the entire summer in Montauk, New York - a beach resort town, Beatrice tries to throw herself into the high-society curriculum and make friends. She longs for a child and wants to rekindle her marriage which has become stale. She is pretty sure Harry is cheating on her.

This is a fascin
Thought author, Nicola Harrison did a fine job (on her debut) of bringing the summer of 1938 MONTAUK Manor and the neighboring small village characters to life. The story of Beatrice, her humble beginnings, struggles with her sleaze of a husband and interaction with the obnoxious women of high society were interesting and at times even funny.

Although slow going at first and mostly predictable (except ending) enjoyed mention of historic figures of the time and romantic interlude, but overall jus

Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicola Harrison delivers a beautifully enriched historical fiction novel with aspects of romance.

The story takes place in 1938 on a beautiful island and we all step into a time period wrapped in male/female societal roles and norms.

I am always hesitant to read historical novels because they're not me favorite genre but I was so impressed with Nicola Harrison's debut. She truly has a way with her words and writing style!

I think alone I would read another book by her because I was truly so enamor
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019, jun-19
Montauk, the debut novel by Nicola Harrison, is set in 1938 Montauk, Long Island, New York.
A quiet fishing village for most of the year and a summer resort for the wealthy.
The wives and children spend their summer there while the husbands work in the city during the week and come to the island on the weekends.
Beatrice Bordeaux looks forward to spending time in Montauk, trying to repair her marriage with her husband, Harry. Instead she realizes Harry wants her to begin friendships with the wives
Lisa Leone-campbell
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 1938 Beatrice Bordeaux and her husband Harry begin a summer of adventure in Montauk, a new and developing seaside area the rich are flocking to near Long Island in New York. They are spending the summer, Beatrice there full-time and Harry taking the train there for weekends. Harry is deciding if he should invest in the beautiful seaport all his friends with money are investing in. Beatrice will spend the summer relaxing, attending parties, shopping and going to the beach.

Beatrice and Harry ha
Montauk The story is about Beatrice, a socialite from New York, who like the other women in society, summers in Montauk, Long Island. Beatrice is in a childless and stale marriage, and thought that summers in Montauk would rekindle their loveless marriage, but in reality, her husband would only come to Montauk on the train during the week ends. feeling isolated and not belonging to the gossiping and shallow socialites, she befriends some of the villagers. She gets to know Elizabeth who does thei ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mind you, this story is based in 1938, and Montauk Manor is a high society seaside resort for wealthy New Yorkers.

Beatrice is married to Harry. She is college educated, but raised a modest country girl from Pennsylvania. This woman has humble roots and it’s very hard for her to rub elbows and befriend this snotty group of men and women. However, because of her husband, Harry, and his business ventures, she is expected to cultivate these relationships with him by her side, or on her own, when th
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great debut historical novel, easy and enjoyable to read.

Beatrice Bordeaux grew up in rural area of Pennsylvania. She’s never felt comfortable among the privileged women summering on Montauk, Long Island. It’s 1938, and New York City’s wealthy elite are staying at the Montauk Manor. Beatrice was hoping this vacation on Montauk would strengthen her five-year marriage with her husband Harry, and possibly result in a baby. But Harry, after depositing Beatrice on Montauk with the other wive
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-publishers


A Delightful Slow Burn!
The setting is summer, 1938 Montauk Long Island. Need I say more! I loved the vivid setting. The haves and the have nots. And Beatrice who is just trying to fit into it all and fix her marriage. When Beatrice suddenly finds herself drawn to Thomas her life changes. Have some tissues. This was deeply heart felt and full of emotions.
I was given a copy from the publisher for my honest review.
Novels N Latte Review
Novels N Latte Book Club
Hudson Valley NY
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a lovely debut novel! Set in 1938 in Montauk, it revolves around Beatrice and her overbearing husband, Harry. As they've come to "summer" there at a lovely resort, Beatrice looks forward to spending lazy days and lavish party-filled nights with her husband. But he's only there for weekends as he must work in the city to support them. What Beatrice discovers is that her wealthy "friends" are not all they appear to be; instead they are petty, jealous, mean-spirited, and judgmental of ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Montauk is a debut novel by Nicola Harrison, but you wouldn't know it was her first book by reading it. It's an incredibly well-written and romantic Gatsby-esque novel that I was enthralled by. Even though the story is quite different from The Great Gatsby, it gave me very similar feels. I could easily imagine it unfold on a big screen.

I was captivated by Bea's story from the first page and could not stop reading it. I thought this book was perfection up until the last few pages. I must say I f
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I was transported to another time and place and it was all that I had hoped it would be.
This is a must read for people whole loved to live in the pages of the book.
I Highly recommend this 5 star read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Islanders
  • 28 Summers
  • The Chelsea Girls
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue
  • Summer of '69
  • Bethlehem
  • The Golden Hour
  • The Last Book Party
  • Meet Me in Monaco
  • Summer Longing
  • Her Last Flight
  • Summer Darlings
  • Drawing Home
  • Park Avenue Summer
  • All the Ways We Said Goodbye
  • Surfside Sisters
  • The Friends We Keep
  • The Stationery Shop
See similar books…
Hi, Thanks for stopping by to visit. I'm the author of two works of historical fiction, MONTAUK (June 2019) and THE SHOW GIRL (August 2021). I'm originally from Hampshire, England, and moved to California when I was 14. I studied Literature at UCLA and received an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook University. Soon after college I moved to NYC and worked in magazine publishing. I was the fashi ...more

News & Interviews

There's something great about a paperback book: They're perfect book club choices, you can throw them in your bag and go, and they've been out in...
50 likes · 14 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »