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, Literature, 20th Century, Contemporary

Reviews Boardwalk Summer

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON JUNE 19."Historical fiction fans, those that enjoy family sagas, and anyone who loves an endearing story about families and their family history will enjoy BOARDWALK SUMMER.Don’t miss reading Ms. Jaeger’s newest gem. Loved it. Tissues needed not for sadness, but for the happiness I felt for the characters. 5/5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for a...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Sheri Melnick
    Jaeger’s latest delves into the mysterious suicide of a 1940s beauty queen as a single mom embarks on a quest to preserve the history of her sea-side community. During the summer of 2007, Marisol Cruz is working part-time at a local diner while single-parenting her young daughter Lily. When she gets a part-time job at the local Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, the former history major sees a newspaper article and photograph of Violet Harco...
  • Jordan Caldwell
    What a beautiful story! The history and culture written into this book is wonderfully interwoven between 1940 and 2007. I loved Violets character and felt for her through the whole book. What a tragic life, but what an amazing turnaround!I loved how Jason’s and Maris stories were bound together in more than one way. I am not one to turn to historical fiction, but this book was so well written I am searching for more ASAP, especially those writt...
  • Sarah Wagner
    *I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*Set partly in 1940 and partly in 2007, this dual timeline novel explores the intertwining stories of Violet Harcourt, a beauty pageant winner, and Mari Cruz, a single mother with a passion for local history. As Mari digs into the scattered documentation she discovers about Violet, past secrets come to light. This book is well written and is easy to read - I found myself quickly turning t...
  • Rebecca
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers), in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this novel set in early 1940's Santa Cruz. It was a quick read, and by the end, everything was nicely resolved into a neat little package. There was just enough mystery to keep me engaged, and I really did grow to care for the two leads in the dual-timeline plot. It won't be the 'it' novel this year, but ...
  • Christine Moore
    I loved this beautiful story! It has a dual story line alternating between 1940 with Violet and 2007 with Marisol. I loved both of these amazing women and their stories. The descriptions of Santa Cruz allowed me to see it very clearly. I read the book in one day as I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved the ending and thought it was perfect. I received an advanced readers copy from Edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks. All opinions are my ...
  • Sheila
    Perfect light reading about finding love where you least expect it, although the boardwalk is definitely a fantasy place for young teens to dream about. Fun and quick, some serous issues do occur--domestic abuse, historic preservation, for two, yet dealt with. I enjoyed it.
  • Ann Barrow
    Have not finish the book yet. Would recommend this book to my friends to take on trip for the summer. Good light read . So let me go to finish the book.
  • Csedmak
    I absolutely loved this book! It told a great story between the 1940s and early 2000s and kept me wondering just how it would end. I was not disappointed!
  • Lily
    This book was delightful to read! I didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend it to everyone. The characters are likable, the story is captivating and the history is fascinating.
  • Cindelu
    I won this book on Goodreads. It was a page turner. Set in the 1940's and 2007 it tells a riveting story of the times, secrecy, abuse and Hollywood. A really delicious summer read.