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Summer of '69

Summary Summer of '69 108 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 with their grandmother in Nantucket but this year Blair the oldest sister is marooned in Boston pregnant with tw. 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 realThis 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 would be like to live there and I claim if I could live anywhere that is where it would be I also think 1969 would have been a fantastic time to be alive The Levin family is a family that has been blessed to have a summer home in Nantucket and it is a family tradition to summer there and this summer is no different Except everything is different this year The summer of 1969 brings upon a huge amount of change in their personal life and the lives of everyone around them There is the landing on the moon Vietnam Woodstock Ted Kennedy and Chappauiddick The LevinNichols family is dealing with Kate s first grandchild being born her son getting drafted her daughter taking off to find herself and yet her youngest dealing with all the things that come with turning 13 This book was so enjoyable to read and I was literally swept up into their lives I was so invested in each character The author has created such relatable well developed characters I felt I was part of their livesIt was enjoyable to be swept into another era where there were no cellphones you were lucky to have a phone in your home and a television It was bizarre to hear of expectant mothers drinking and smoking to help them relax Oh my you have come a long way baby Only people of a certain age will get that reference I was born in the 1970 s so I can vaguely remember some of this All the fine details really caught my attention like the mention of Dr Scholl s shoes my how I loved clomping along in my mother s Dr Scholls I am sure this book will trigger fond memories for many peopleHands down a fabulous 5 stars for this book Now I am going to just continue on my way while humming Summer of 69as you all probably will find yourself doing too Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves #1 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 with their grandmother in Nantucket but this year Blair the Spieserye oldest sister is marooned in Boston pregnant with tw. 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Summary Summer of '69 108 Nly feels like an only child marooned in the house with her out of touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own As the summer heats up Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappauiddick a man flies to the moon and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself as she grows into her own body and mind. 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 things are different for the Levins Blair is pregnant and unable to travel Kirby is devoted to civil rights protests Tiger has been deployed to Vietnam Jessie the youngest at thirteen years old is staying with her grandmother who is behind the times but carrying secrets The summer is filled with those historic events we ve all heard about the lunar landing Chappauiddick and all the while Jessie is growing up too Yeah I gobbled this up What a summer story with plenty of depth and insight as I would expect from Hilderbrand This particular summer was rife with events and drama in the world and so it was for the Levins too I was both engrossed and enchanted with this story I can only imagine what EH will dream up for us next summer And in the interim I have her new winter series to keep me company late this fall Always and forever a fan I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

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Summary Summer of '69 108 Ins and unable to travel Middle sister Kirby a nursing student is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests a passion which takes her to Martha's Vineyard with her best friend Mary Jo Kopechne Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier recently deployed to Vietnam Thirteen year old Jessie sudde. I think I have a like hate relationship with Elin Hilderbrand s novelsTo put it bluntly I like Hilderbrand s stories But I don t like Hilderbrand s writingA 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 accurate depiction of an author s true writing chops I thought it best to give one of her summery novels a try before forming a definitive opinion about her work seeing as those seem to be what her devoted readers love best And it was with all this in mind that I approached Summer of 69 I happily selected it as my next Hilderbrand novel both mildly excited and optimistically hopeful that I would find it to be a substantially better read than the Winter Street series Alas Sigh Sigh SighThe novel follows the members of the Levin family as they individually prepare for what is for them a different type of summer The year is 1969 one of the most politically charged chaotic years in the history of the United States The Levin children typically look forward to spending the summer together in Nantucket living in their grandmother s historic home But their lives are in as much a state of upheaval as is the nationIn Boston is Blair the eldest sister pregnant with twins and unable to travel to Nantucket Kirby the middle sister and civil rights activist accepts a summer job in Martha s Vineyard to distance herself from the family The only son Tiger is a soldier away fighting in the Vietnam War And thirteen year old Jessie is left facing a dismal summer alone in the house with her set in her ways grandmother Exalta and anxious mother Kate No Life is certainly not the same for the Levins and little do they know the extent it will continue to change over the course of the summer of 1969To swing back around to the opening line of my review I will begin by saying that overall I like Summer of 69 Really Truly The story is compelling from the start The characters are appealing The historical backdrop of 1969 is intriguing and adds an extra layer of interest to the narrativeButThe novel is just so simplistic So superficial So light and by this I mean without any sort of depth or weight to it In no way does Hilderbrand dig deeply into the story the narrative the characters the historical setting and the political climate are all flat and touched only on the surfaceHistory lovers know that Summer of 69 is at best lite historical fiction At its core the novel is of a family drama and the story is not at all beholden to the year 1969 Plus it s almost as if Hilderbrand attempts to up the historical authenticity factor by tossing into the narrative every single bit of research she uncovered along with every single notable public event of 1969 The history feels forced and manipulated rather than naturally threaded into the dramaAnd Hilderbrand s writing is just gulp cringeworthy Excuse me while I duck and cover Swinging baseball bats are incoming It s nails on chalkboard awful Her prose is pedestrian and clunky her sentences are elementary and almost child like in nature She tells everything and shows the reader nothingMy biggest pet peeve She uses the exclamation point almost as often as she uses the period It s mind boggling It must be her favorite form of punctuation Please stop Oh how I wish she instead loved the period Or the uestion mark Heck I would even settle for a semicolon now and thenSee what I did thereToo much All snarky criticism aside Summer of 69 is enjoyable and makes for a great beach read But if you re looking for anything than that I recommend you look elsewhereAnd don t get me wrong I still see many many Hilderbrand novels in my future Some things in life are so good because they are so bad