Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger

Boardwalk Summer

In this new novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what happened on that long ago summer.Santa Cruz, Summer 1940: When auburn-haired Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss California on the boardwalk of her hometown, she knows she...

Details Boardwalk Summer

TitleBoardwalk Summer
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Boardwalk Summer

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 refreshing as a sea breeze stars to Boardwalk Summer! 🍦🎡⛱ 🎠Boardwalk Summer has two interesting timelines. Violet Harcourt, an aspiring actress and “bathing beauty” in 1940s Santa Cruz, California, and Marisol Cruz, single mom, living in 2007 Santa Cruz as well. Both stories take place during the summer with a stunning beach backdrop and all of the fun and intrigue of the Beach Boardwalk and its performers. The book opens with Vi...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a TLC Book Tour.I absolutely loved everything about this book! I was so excited to read this because it takes place in Santa Cruz, California. I just so happen to live in nearby San Jose (which is mentioned in passing a few times in the book) and have been to Santa Cruz and the boardwalk myself. It was really cool reading about a place that I was familiar with. The beach bo...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Mari, Violet, and Ricardo have a connection.No one knew about the connection until Mari decided to do some research.BOARDWALK SUMMER smoothly goes back and forth from 1940 to 2010. Violet is married, enters a beauty pageant in 1940, wins the pageant, but then relinquishes the win because only unmarried women are allowed to enter. She also gives up the crown because her abusive, controlling husband was furious. Violet then does a few unlikely and ...
  • Amy
    4.5/5Before I get into my thoughts on the book I’m so excited to share that my friend Jamie and I are starting a new collaboration and it starts today! Jamie is an avid reviewer on Goodreads and Instagram and we both read super fast and have very similar taste in books, though we don’t always agree 😜Boardwalk Summer is the first of our many planned buddy reads where I’ll be sharing my thoughts as usual but you’ll get the added bonus of...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    It's 1940 and Violet Harcourt has entered the Miss California contest. Her ultimate goal is to become an actress in Hollywood. But there's one problem. You have to be single to be Miss California and well, she isn't. She is married to Charles, a good looking and wealthy businessman who seems to be perfect, but underneath the facade is an abusive jerk. Once he finds out that Violet is competing, he is going to make her pay. Fast forward to 2007 an...
  • Betty
    I really enjoyed this book. I did not realize until after I finished the book that its author also wrote “The Dressmaker’s Dowry” which I really enjoyed. The story alternates between Violet Harcourt in the 1940s and Marisol (Mari) Cruz in 2007. Violet Harcourt was a beautiful California girl who dreamed of making it big in Hollywood. Although married at the time to an abusive, controlling husband, she entered a local beauty pageant in her h...
  • Elise Hooper
    Meredith Jaeger creates a compelling story that channels both the glamour and big dreams of old Hollywood with the charm and thrills of Santa Cruz’s boardwalk as two daring women risk everything to find love. Past and present meld together in unexpected ways to create a rollercoaster of mystery and adventure.
  • Tammy
    Boardwalk Summer is a lovely beach read full of family secrets. Alternating between the 1940's and the early 2000's, Boardwalk Summer is the story of Marisol's quest to save the historic gazebo on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As she researches the rich history of the boardwalk, she uncovers some secrets hidden by her grandfather years ago. The story is filled with Old Hollywood and history of the Santa Cruz beach.
  • Ariel
    This is a sweet story that goes back and forth in time between the 1940's to the present day. In the past Violet Harcourt is trying to break free of an abusive husband and make it in Hollywood while in 2007 Marisol Cruz is trying to make it as a single mom as she struggles to preserve town history that has importance to her family. Violet and Marisol have a lot in common as they both struggle to bury secrets from the past. They share a connection...
  • Meredith Schorr
    I was fortunate to obtain an advanced paperback of this novel. Boardwalk Summer was a delight to read! I absolutely loved the way the author weaved the past and present, and the hint of mystery kept me anxiously turning the pages. I loved the strength in both female characters, especially Violet. And I loved the romance between Mari and Jason. I will confess to bursting into tears of one point, but it was because I was truly vested in the story.
  • Cathy Daniel
    I read this in one evening! A little predictable and heavy on coincidence and almost too light , but such a sweet story and perfect ending. I actually teared up. Recommend for a good summer read :)
  • Linda Zagon
    IMG_4252MY REVIEW OF “BOARDWALK SUMMER” BY Meredith Jaeger William Morrow, June 18, 2018I loved everything about “Boardwalk Summer” by Meredith Jaeger. Kudos to Meredith Jaegar for writing such a captivating, intriguing, riveting, mesmerizing, and romantic story. The author is an amazing storyteller and her detailed vivid descriptions of two timelines in history is memorable. There are layers in this story, and like a puzzle, when you put...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    4.5 Magical Flying Unicorn Stars!I am so glad this is what my friend Amy (novelgossip) and I chose for our first buddy read together as #ninjatwins! I’m also glad that Amy was a bit ahead of me the whole time so I could share my theories with her without spoiling anything - and I had a lot of theories on this one - some correct, some not so much!I have always been a fan of dual narratives and dual timelines and love to see how the timelines com...
  • Jen
    Just went I thought I was getting burnt out on 40’s era fiction, Meredith Jaeger walks in with this gem of a novel. Told from dual narratives- Violet in 1940 and Mari in 2006- Jaeger reveals a story of strength and determination. Marisol is a single mom from a family of Mexican descent. Violet married into a wealthy gilded cage. Taking place in beautiful Santa Cruz, how one beauty pageant winner with stars in her eyes is connected to a family f...
  • Aida Alberto
    I received an ARC of this book and all opinions are my own. Meredith Jaeger writes unputdownable stories drenched in emotions. The story practically leaps off the pages in its vividness. Don't pass up this amazing book. Happy reading!
  • Laura Lee
    Violet is a beauty queen looking to escape an abusive husband in 1940. Mari is a young Hispanic single mother in 2007 struggling to make ends meet. Their stories intersect. A quick beach read.
  • Karen Macedo
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you to William Morrow. I really enjoyed this historical fiction read. It takes place in two different times lines. I like how the author touched on the immigration issue. I found it very apt considering the way things are now in this country with all the immigration issues.. Great read..
  • Dawn
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely loved this story! I liked how the chapters alternated between Violet's story in 1940 and Marisol's story in 2007. It kept the story interesting and moved along nicely. I loved reading about the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I have visited there several times and could picture it in my mind. The main characters were interesting and likeable. This was an easy a...
  • Sue
    This is a wonderful novel with a dual time line of modern day and 1940. I enjoyed both stories and loved the way that the author ended the novel.Marisol is a single mother living with her parents in Santa Cruz. As she is trying to find more about the history of her town for the historical society, she finds a picture of a woman who was trying to become an actress in 1940 but jumped to her death. There is a mystery behind Violet's death and when M...
    2018-06-25 SummerBy Meredith JaegerISBN# 9780062748065 to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSummary: In this new novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover ...
  • Diane
    Meredith Jaeger's novel Boardwalk Summer tells the story of two women in two different time periods. In 1940, Violet Harcourt longs to be in the movies, but her marriage to a violent man thwarts her dreams. In 2007, Marisol Cruz's hopes of a college education in history ended when she became pregnant.No one knows that Violet's husband Charles, a club owner in Santa Cruz, beats her physically and emotionally abuses her. When Violet decides she can...
  • Reeca Elliott
    This story rotates between the present and the past. It follows Marisol, a single mother, who is trying to save the historic gazebo in her home town. She uncovers an obituary about Violet Harcourt. Violet was a beauty queen who died tragically. Violet had a strong connection with Marisol’s grandfather and Marisol is determined to find out how strong!First off…COVER LOVE! Isn’t this cover just wonderful!There are some good and some bad about...
  • r3ad3rsan0nym0us
    I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Sometimes I'm afraid to pick up a book by an author after reading their first book and enjoying it. The Dressmaker's Dowry was a great historical fiction read told in alternating POVs from in past and present. Boardwalk Summer follows a similar style, but of course I wondered how the life of Violet Hastings (1940), a beautiful young woma...
  • Alyssa Palombo
    I loved this book! Perfect for reading outside on a summer day :) I loved both storylines and both heroines, and found both to be equally compelling. Jaeger keeps you turning the pages as different information is revealed, while at the same time tackling issues like immigration, racism, and domestic violence, giving the novel a relevant and urgent feel. Her writing flows naturally, and pulls us into both worlds, the past and that of our present-d...
  • Judie Dooley
    very interesting story line..where two young women's from different generations stories are told. It was a little confusing at first, as each chapter was in different times. one in 1940 and the other in 2007 switching back and forth with each chapter..Each story as compelling as the other. Great concept. Believable characters and backgrounds. Your emotions will be tested 'till the end. This was a goodreads win and I loved it. Well recommended.
  • Caryn
    Full review & giveaway on my blog:
  • Ashley Nicole
    "Boardwalk Summer" is a fun, quick fiction novel that addresses many hot topics, and things about the past. Violet's story is told in first person, while Mari's story is told in 3rd person. This provides a unique narrative, as Mari's story is more present than Violet's. In both character's chapters you find slang and other items appropriate to their respective eras, which allowed the reader to feel in that time period. Reading "Boardwalk Summer" ...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityAt times, Boardwalk Summer is as wild and rollicking a ride as the old wooden roller coaster that stands proudly on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.And at other times, it is the quietly beautiful story of two women who are connected across the years by their relationships with two extremely different men – but not in the way that the reader at first thinks.And it’s about apples that both do and don’t fall far...
  • Donna
    A story set almost completely in Santa Cruz and on the Boardwalk? Yes, please. It really didn’t matter what it was about. I’ll read the hell out of that regardless. Lucky for me BOARDWALK SUMMER was actually a really good, compelling story and I didn’t want to put the book down when I was reading it.The story alternates between the 1940 timeline with Violet handling a less-than-stellar family situation and the 2007 timeline with Mari as she...
  • Michelle
    Mari lives in Santa Cruz, where generations of her family lived. She begins work on a historical research project and uncovers the story of an beauty queen named Violet.Chapters alternate between Mari’s story, taking place in 2007, and Violet’s story taking place in 1940.Violet was the winner of a beauty contest in 1940, she had big dreams of stardom. But her husband made her rescind the title. It doesn’t take long to realize she’s in an ...