The Summer Wives: A Novel
Miranda Schuyler arrives on Winthrop Island at the age of eighteen in the summer of 1951 so that her mother can marry the wealthy and charming Hugh Fisher. The island is full of both locals and high society, and never shall the two mix. But there are secrets on this island, and before summer is over, Miranda will fall in love with Joseph, a local who will be sent to prison for murdering her stepfather. Eighteen years later, Miranda returns to Winthrop Island a famous actress but running from trouble. Joseph has recently escaped prison, and this time Miranda might just be able to clear his name. The Summer Wives all have their secrets, but secrets can’t stay that way forever.
This was a classic tale of forbidden love and the consequences that occur when high society falls in love with locals. Since most of the story takes place in the swingin’ sixties, there is quite a bit of sex between various partners and genders. Very little foul language, though, which is always nice. This story is absolutely a romance, one that takes place in the past, therefore it is historical fiction. From what I know of the fifties and sixties, i.e. not very much, it seemed like a fairly accurate portrayal of the times.
The characters were interesting, with Miranda and her brother, Hugh, probably being the most so. Miranda was complex and deep, not just moved by love and infatuation. She was clearly the protagonist of the story. Stories with a strong female lead are always great reads for me.
I recommend this book if you also enjoy strong female protagonists or if you enjoy historical fiction. It is a quick read, making it a great choice to take along on your vacation to somewhere warm or to add to your summer reading list.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
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