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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  190 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“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
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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 becoming more and m
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
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

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
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
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
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
Will be honest about two things...

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
Donna Hines
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A life she chooses or a life her heart desires.
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
Michaela Fisk
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up all night to finish this book. Absolutely breathtaking, hands down the best book I’ve read all summer
One of the problems with reading and reviewing an uncorrected bound manuscript is that the reader/reviewer has no idea what, if anything, will be corrected or altered prior to the actual publication of the work. It sort of makes the review rather nebulous since it may have little if anything to do with the book that goes out to the public. Still, having waded through this book, as superficial as the entitled rich folk who first and still populate Montauk, especially in summer, it seems something ...more
Jill Hendrix Gilmer
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: complimentary advance copy
I very much appreciate receiving this book as a complimentary advanced edition. I was able to whisk through it fairly quickly as it maintained my interest. I enjoy historical fiction and I believe the author did an excellent job of describing the time period and characters without being boring. The absolute only "drawback" I can see is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. In fact, as I was getting closer and closer to the last page, I kept wondering how it was all going to wrap up so quickly. I ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicola Harrison’s debut novel is one not to be missed.
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
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just don't know where to begin. I will say I loved reading this novel but I must add,,,not wanting to give out a spoiler,,,,I want to rewrite a part. That is why I gave this a four star instead of five.
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
Jean Benedict
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story that took place in the late 1930's in Montauk. Bea and Harry her husband have goneto Montauk to help get their marriage on track.Harry has been having affairs with several women and is always busy with his business.Bea meets Thomas the lighthouse keeper and a romance developes between them.I hope to read more books written by Nicola Harrison.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Historical fiction is my favorite, however, this book just didn't click for me. I didn't feel any connection to the characters and I felt like the end of the book seemed rushed to me. Overall I was disappointed.
Jena Henry
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
American author F. Scott Fitzgerald gave us a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The Great Gatsby, acclaimed by many as “The Great American Novel” still resonates with its themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the American Dream, circa the Roaring Twenties.

Debut author Nicola Harrison presents a fresh version of these themes and high society
Julie Barrett
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Montauk by Nicola Harrison
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this story. Beatrice thinks she knows how her life will be until her summer in Montauk. At times I thought the story would be predictable but then I was proved wrong. Very good book.
Beatrice has it all. A handsome husband, beautiful clothes, a life of leisure, and a summer vacation at Montauk Manor. Along with other high-society wives she dines, swims, entertains. But something is missing until she meets Thomas a lighthouse keeper. Thus the love story begins. I’m not much into romance books or beach reads but this debut novel moved me from the start and held my attention to the very end. I would have given this book 4 stars but the ending kinda bothered me. I would like to ...more
Patricia Romero
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Montauk, Long Island in the year 1938 is where anyone who is anyone will be summering. Away from the heat of the city. Fresh ocean breezes and a small fishing village and even a lighthouse.

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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I typically don't read historical fiction, but I grew up on eastern Long Island and have spent quite a bit of time in Montauk. So how could I possibly refuse the opportunity to see what Montauk was like in 1938(I couldn't)? It was the beginning of the end of a quiet fishing town when wealthy NYC residents began arriving in droves for the summer.
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
Nicola Short
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGallery, the publisher and author, Nicola Harrison, for the opportunity to read and give a honest review of "Montauk."
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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is described as a "beach read," and it definitely is that. It is an engaging easy to read romance novel. The author does a great job of giving the reader a good sense of time and place, with her descriptions of the location (an exclusive hotel in Montauk), the fashion (think the Great Gatsby), and tidbits of current events from 1938 (just enough to give the reader a feel for what was going on in the world at the time). The characters, particularly the main characters, are well develope ...more
Carol M
I've been in a little reading slump. I started reading this story of the elite New York City citizens summering in Montauk in 1938 and was hooked. I didn’t want to put down this tale of Bea Bordeaux who is staying at Montauk Manor for the summer. She is a bit of a fish out of water, hoping to rekindle her relationship with her husband, assisting him with his business ventures by befriending the “right” people. Bea finds herself drawn to the locals who support the resort and questioning the moral ...more
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