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 w...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 becoming more and m ...more
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 ...more
Although slow going at first and mostly predictable (except ending) enjoyed mention of historic figures of the time and romantic interlude, but overall jus...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First, I'm not a romance lover; I seldom read them anymore. I did read dozens and dozens when younger, though, ate them up like you would hot dogs at a hot-dog-eating-contest. Could not get enough of them. So I know, understand and do appreciate the genre, even though I no longer eat hot dogs.
And two, I didn't read the entire book. Not my fault. My mind wandered. I was angry at the MC. Then I didn't care about her. Or her friends. Or the men in her life. Or any ...more
Life is what you make of it but for Harry and Beatrice it's anything but loving.
The turning point of the marriage was in bearing children as they had difficulty conceiving.
As things moved along on Montauk Island in 1938 the plot thickens as Thomas enters the picture and readers are also introduced to Bea's brother Charlie who tragically passed.
Without giving up to much of the plot this humble fishing village is quite the scene as things begin to hea ...more
Such an amazing story of Montauk in the early years of its development and the beautiful , rich people who traveled there to “ Summer “
Beatrice is stunned when her husband Harry , one of Manhattans elite , informs her that she and much of their social circle will be “ Summering “ in Montauk as the husbands remain in the city and travel out for weekends.
Beatrice falls in love with the beauty of Montauk and its people, it’s real people not her ...more
I am a complete romantic, I'll be the first to admit it, and that is why I am so upset after reading this. Don't get me wrong, it is a wonderful read, well written, characters are developed to a tee, the story line in great, and historical research is on target.
Two wrongs don't make a right. I ...more
Debut author Nicola Harrison presents a fresh version of these themes and high society ...more
Have visited the area in the 80's to see a lyme disease doctor so didn't spend a lot of time there but holds special memories for us.
Book starts out with driving the roads along the water edge, many of the cottages are magnificant.
The couple has had other friends who've stayed in the area in the summer and the inn has lots of events planned.
Beatrice and Harry had planned this trip for a while. He is a Bordeaux and he has to provide for her. He will work and live in the ...more
Beatrice Bordeaux is a young woman from the countryside of Pennsylvania.
Swept off of her feet by the charming Harry, they have been married five years and yet still have no children.
The elite of society corral their nannies and children and head to the Manor for the summer. Beatrice thinks she may like being ...more
Beatrice and Harry have been married for 5 years and have grown apart. The thought of spending the summer away from the city, gives Beatrice hope that s ...more
A book about getting away from the city and vacationing at a lavish resort, Montauk Resort, Long Island. Looking into how the wealthy class spends their summer and what can happen when unpredictable truths come to light.
Main characters are Beatrice and her husband, Henry along with Elizabeth, the lady that does the laundry at the Resort and Thomas, the lighthous ...more