By Elin Hilderbrand
432 pages, published June 2019
Little, Brown and Company
Source: Puchased for myself through Book of the Month
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 their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins 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 suddenly 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 Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.
In her first "historical novel," rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.
Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors. I've read all of her books and though some of them aren't for me, I still always add her new books to my TBR. I was excited to read Summer of '69 and see Elin's take on historical fiction. My mom was in her early 20's in 1969, so it was fun reading about that time in history and thinking about he stories my mom has told me over the years. I'm happy to say that this book is my absolute favorite Elin Hilderbrand read!! A five star must read!
I loved all the characters and really grew attached to all of them by the end of the book. I didn't want the story to end, despite its 400+ page length. If you missed this one this summer like I did, definitely make time to read it! When books like this switch characters and perspectives every chapter (also: each chapter title was a song title from that time period!) I usually find myself dragging through at least one of the chanters and wishing I could skip ahead. That was NOT the case with this book! I was invested in all their stories and connected with them all on some level. Anyone else humming the Bryan Adams song "Summer of '69 while reading this one? Or was it just me?