What happened on that long-ago summer? In this riveting novel from the author of The Dressmakers Dowry, an aspiring Hollywood actress makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, a young mother sets out to discover what happened Summer, 1940: When Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss Bathing Beauty in her hometown of Santa Cruz, shes determined to see herself on the silver screen. But Violets pageant victory comes with a pricecracks appear in her seemingly perfect marriageand she quickly discovers Hollywood is not the glittering escape she dreamed of. So she makes a shocking choice, leaving her name in headlines and creating a mystery surrounding her fate.Summer, 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives in a charming seaside cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the local history of her town, Mari discovers her grandfathers connection to a beauty queen who died too young. She embarks on a journey that uncovers his lifelong secretRicardos connection to Violeta story of tragedy and courage that will forever transform her....
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Boardwalk Summer Reviews
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.
I have to admit, when I think of beach reads, I seldom think of historical fiction. This book is however the best beach read I've encountered in ages. I read it in one sitting, that's how engrossed I was in the lives of the characters.
Boardwalk Summer gives us the stories of two women, Violet Harcourt, a young woman in 1940 who has big dreams and Mari Cruz, a single mom with a passion for history in 2007 who becomes even more passionate when she reads the obituary of a young woman who was Miss C ...more
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-day heroine. This makes a great summer read, and I ...more
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 struggles to handle an oopsie-baby and balance her own ...more
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 woman with aspirations to make it big in Hollywood des ...more
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 no longer take it, she hitches a ride to Hollywoo ...more
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.
IMG_4252MY REVIEW OF “BOARDWALK SUMMER” BY Meredith Jaeger William Morrow, June 18, 2018
I 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 the pieces together, you get a stunning , surprising, and ...more