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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, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was lo
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Published June 4th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wi
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
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
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
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
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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!
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
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
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 becomi
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
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lisa Leone-campbell
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
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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This will be a bestseller. St. Martin's Press states a release date for June 4, 2019 and may advertise it as a perfect beach read.

This fish out of water story is sure to be embraced by those, who enjoy tales of forbidden love. I enjoyed that the story mainly because it has a character driven plot. The key characters had depth and they reactions to each other at times seemed out of character and yet, the gossip, backbiting and sabotage would probably make most people react at some point in like
3.5 stars.

This book is extremely well written, especially for a debut. The author takes us to a new vacation hotspot in 1938, Montauk, Long Island, where New York's wealthiest plan to invest and spend their summers from then on. Beatrice and her husband Harry hope to rekindle some of the spark in their marriage after failing to get pregnant. Instead a giant chasm is created when Beatrice discovers some things about Harry, and then about herself. She no longer feels she fits into such a life, be
~ Althea ~  ☾
FORMAT READ: eBook (Adobe Digital Editions)
SIMILAR VIBES: The Thousandth Floor (if it were NA and without the sci fi part), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
READ FOR: high class 1930s society vibe

*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise*

OVERALL: 3.0/5

I really liked the setting and overall vibe of the book. But I was not engaged and interested enough in the story.

I don’t think this was the book but me as the plot was not something that I could particularly relate to. Ne
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This type of book, romance, extra-marital affairs, love stories, especially amongst the rich and frivolous are not a genre I would normally read.
To be fair, I have to separate my preferences and rate the book for its vivid portrayal of its characters, its terrific sense of place and time, the visual descriptions of the luxurious resort, the glamorous attire and gourmet dining, with its dramatic, heartfelt conclusion. Highly recommended for those who enjoy romantic historical writing with some
I added Montauk to my list to read as soon as I caught a glimpse of the beautiful cover! The story inside is just as beautiful. Set in 1938, Montauk tells the story of Beatrice, a middle class girl who married up into higher society. She spends the summer at Montauk Manor while her husband works in the city and visits on weekends. The time spent apart exposes serious issues in their marriage and Beatrice finds herself falling in love with the local village life...and the lighthouse keeper. Monta ...more
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