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 at th ...more
If you're not ab…moreNot 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)
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. ...more
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,
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 ...more
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 I have often found that a holiday series is not necessarily an ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[Angus's "affair" with Trixie (TRIXIE?!?) turning out to be his psychiatrist? Gasp!
Pick's biological father being Kate's first, now dead, husband? Go figure!
The alleged gun accident actually being a suicide? No way!
On top of th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
It’s the summer of 1969, David and Kate have four children. Their oldest daug ...more
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 ...more
The year ‘Nineteen hundred sixty-nine,’ 1969, was a busy year for the United States of America; and as such, was no different for the combined families of Nichols, Foley, Levin and Whalen, all under the matriarchal umbrella of Exalta Nichols. Since Exalta was such a stickler for tradition the family prepares to pack up and move out to Nantucket for the summer, regardless that the 3rd Monday of June is Jessie’s 13th birthday, or that Kate is sick with worry about Tiger, her 19 year old son who wa ...more
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