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Summer of '69

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  110,319 ratings  ·  8,473 reviews
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel.

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 at th
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company (first published June 13th 2019)
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Di Not all of us like the same books. I actually loved this book because it is part of my era. So many memories evoked while reading it.
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Not all of us like the same books. I actually loved this book because it is part of my era. So many memories evoked while reading it.
If you're not able to finish it, go on to something else. Too many other books out there to read and enjoy.(less)
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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.
Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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I think I have a like-hate relationship with Elin Hilderbrand’s novels.

To put it bluntly - I like Hilderbrand’s stories. But I don’t like Hilderbrand’s writing.

A 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
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 stars!

You 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: 1969

This is the time of Beatles’ Abbey Road album releasing,

Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
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 real.

This 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 wou
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 predictable.

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Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evocative, entrancing, & absorbing!

I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite 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 breez
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, thin
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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 eac
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
There’s a lot going on in Summer of '69. The three sisters in the Foley/Levin 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 incr ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun in the sun in the summer of '69.

(Let's see how many times I mention summer during this review).

This 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 more.

The story centres on one family – the blended Foley/Levin 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 i
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well I’m an outlier again with this review. I've found that Elin Hilderbrand is a hit or miss author for me over the years. I've loved a few of her books...Barefoot, The Rumor, The Blue Bistro, and A Summer Affair but not loved many others as well. This one, unfortunately, falls into the latter category. ⠀⠀

The set up was enticing to start off. We hear about Tiger, favorite son of Kate and brother of Jessie (youngest), Kirby (middle) and Blair (oldest) who's been drafted to Vietnam. Kate is devas
It's not officially summer for me until I've read an Elin Hilderbrand book by the pool or sitting on the beach so luckily for me, I was able to read this one Memorial Day weekend, poolside, with a fruity beverage in hand. Hilderbrand's first historical novel was everything that I've come to expect from the queen of the summer novel and more. 

In classic Hilderbrand style, Summer of '69 revolves around the lives of several members of the Foley-Levin family and of course, Nantucket is the main sett

And what a trip down memory lane! Hilderbrand certainly did her research to bring the late 1960's to life. I know bc I lived it.

With song lyrics from the music we listened to (minus ELVIS), the clothing we wore, vehicles we drove, sitcoms we watched on TV and, of course, the APOLLO 11 moon launch. There are also numerous books of the time referenced, and oh, the Bobby Kennedy scandal is also worked into the storyline. Aside from the Vietnam War, it was a wonderful time to be

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Maybe, just maybe, this summer will end up being one that people write songs about.

^^^^That’s what comes to mind for 99.9999% of you, right? It may have taken 370 pages, but at least the pink elephant in the room was finally addressed ; )

Elin Hilderbrand don’t need homegirl’s help selling her books so why don’t we just get to the giffing????

The story here is exactly what the title says – about the summer of 1969. The cover is a
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Summer of ‘69 was my second Elin Hilderbrand book this year. 1969 was almost 20 years before I was around so I enjoyed reading about this (new to me) era and learning more about historical events I was only slightly familiar with.

The story follows the Levin family in the summer of 1969, which they spent in Nantucket. Blair, Kirby, and Jessie are sisters at different stages in their life — Blair is newly married and pregnant, Kirby is a college student and social activist, attempting to find her
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Elin Hilderbrand states that her twin brother has always encouraged her to explore the summer they were born in one of her novels. Summer of 69 is that novel and sweeps readers back to Nixon, Vietnam, Senator Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick scandal, women's issues, Woodstock, racial equality, class differences, the Moon landing and summertime in Nantucket.

The Foley/Levin famil
Sheyla ✎

Summer of '69 was a good way to forget what is going on around the world.

The story centers in one family: The Levins/Nichols (Although, Kate was a Foley at some point. She was married to Wilder Foley).

Kate Levin is the mother. Kate is devastated that her only son, Tiger has been drafted to Vietnam. She's terrified he is going to die during this terrible war. She believes this is life paying her back for a secret she has been carrying for a long time. Kate knows she's drinking too much while
Katie B
I finally got around to reading my first Elin Hilderbrand novel and I really enjoyed it. I love how cultural moments of that summer of 1969 were interjected into the storyline. This was just a nice book to sit back and relax with and I look forward to checking out more of her books in the future.

Every year the Levin family spends their summer on the island of Nantucket. However things are different this year as the only son, Tiger, has been shipped to Vietnam. His mother, Kate, is having a hard
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

And maybe, just maybe, this summer will end up being one that people write songs about.

Is it really summer if you don't read an Elin Hilderbrand book? I truly look forward to her books every single summer and this one did not disappoint!

It's 1969 and the Levin family is ready to go to Nantucket where they go every summer. Before that though, their worst nightmare happened - their son, Tiger, was drafted and sent to the Vietnam war and there's nothing they can do to stop it. The three
Larry H
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Full disclosure time: I was born in 1969 (no comment from the youngsters out there), and I get totally jazzed when that year is mentioned in pop culture. I swear, when the Eagles sing the lyric "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969" in Hotel California , I grin like a total jackass.

So needless to say, I absolutely had to read Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69 , partially inspired because it was the year she and her twin brother were born as well.

Every summer the Foley-Levin family loo
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Times are tense in the “Summer of ‘69” for the Levin family.

Kate and her husband’s marriage has hit a rough patch due to the fact that Kate’s son Tiger has been drafted. Blair, Kate’s eldest daughter, is pregnant with twins while Blair’s husband Angus grows more distant by the day; Kirby, Kate’s middle daughter’s life is in shambles due to some poor life choices and Jessie, Kate and her husband’s youngest daughter, is dealing with growing pains.

With Tiger away, Kate, her mother Exalta and Jessi
Oct 17, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Summer of ‘69 is when I married. My times were a changin’ too. This book was chosen for a quiet, absorbing read about an elite group of people who hang out on Nantucket for a summer of relaxation, lunches at the club and evenings of gossip and drinking. The moon landing and Chappaquiddick were woven nicely into the narrative.

Oh well, I passed my time with smiles of amusement and exercising some psychological insight into how people rationalize their decisions. I got what I was looking for.
Literary Redhead
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Summer does something to the brain. It’s intoxicating. Everything shimmers." So says a character in Summer People, a previous novel by Hilderbrand, which captures the essence of her entire oeuvre.

I’ve devoured every book she’s written, so taken with her addictive stories set on Nantucket. Her own backstory is engaging, including how she came to the island, her education at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her world travels, her survival of breast cancer and a post-sur
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Siobhan Jones

We pick the books a few months in advance here at BOTM, so all the reading for June occurs sometime in mid-March. Maybe that was why I warmed to Summer of ‘69 so readily—this beachy, feel-good story with ample family drama and purple haze-era feels had me practically smelling the sunscreen. Then again, maybe I just liked this book so much because it was another satisfying winner from an author who always delivers the goods.

Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical novel plops
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story and characters and it was nice to take a break from the trying times we currently live in. It's kind of funny I say that because 1969 was hardly a peaceful or calm time! This is a perfect beach read and if you're looking to take your mind off of things I think you will enjoy this. ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The significant historical events of 1969 are uniquely interwoven into the personal lives of the Levin family.

Summer of ‘69 is a family saga centered on four siblings. The mother Kate Levin has taken to drinking after her only son, Tiger is drafted and sent to Vietnam. Blair, the eldest sibling is pregnant with twins and escapes to Nantucket while her astrophysicist husband Angus, is consumed by his work on the the Apollo space launch. Middle sister Kirby, is spreading her wings on Marth
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-lit
[2.5] Unfortunately, more mopey privilege than easy breezy.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a historical fiction novel that follows the Levin family during the summer of 1969. Of course with the book focusing on the various family members in this family the point of view does change between them.

For years the Levin family has spent summers in Nantucket visiting their grandmother’s historic home. This year however the family is being pulled apart in their own directions. Tiger, the only son, has been drafted into the military and will be sent to the
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-1
The delight of any Elin Hilderbrand book is the wonderful quirky cast of characters and her ability to transport you to her beach destinations for a mini-vacation. We’re back on Nantucket (and Martha’s Vineyard) for the summer, staying in seaside cottages, going to the beach, enjoying Portuguese bread and BLTs, lobster, corn coleslaw and strawberry shortcake (the food descriptions in this one were absolutely decadent.)

It’s the summer of 1969, David and Kate have four children. Their oldest daug
Monika Sadowski
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure if I should give 3 or 4 stars. The book started good but then I got bored but then I wanted to know how it finished. I guess it’s just a light, summer reading :)
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.



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