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The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
Historical fiction

The Summer Wives

by Beatriz Williams

Quick take

This 1950s New England tale of desire and power is about a fisherman’s son and the woman who loves him.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • Multiple viewpoints

  • Forbidden love

  • Movieish

Why I love it

There’s no time like the present to sink into an enchanting historical novel. I present to you The Summer Wives, a fantastic page-turner set on a New England island where the very privileged live and play. There’s mystery! There’s romance! There are waves crashing and hearts pounding! It’s perfect.

It’s 1951 on Winthrop Island and Miranda Schulyer has returned from boarding school to spend the su...


In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimm...


He is the most beautiful boy she's ever seen...

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    July 2018