Boardwalk Summer: A Novel

Boardwalk Summer: A Novel

by Meredith Jaeger

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ISBN-13: 9780062748065
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 110,629
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Meredith Jaeger was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother. While working for a San Francisco start-up, Meredith fulfilled her dream of writing a novel, the result of which was The Dressmaker,s Dowry. Meredith lives in Alameda with her husband, their infant daughter, and their bulldog.

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Boardwalk Summer: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
nhr3bookcrazyNR 11 months ago
A great summer read. I powered right through it. I enjoyed the way the story see-sawed back and forth between Violet's story and Marisol's story. It was truly an easy and enjoyable book.
Fredreeca2001 12 months ago
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 this read. I enjoyed reading about Old Hollywood. The name dropping and the old parties with the stars were so entertaining. I also enjoyed the creativity of the plot. I do not want to give anything away…but it is definitely a creative escape! Now…the bad. The author repeats several phrases over and over again in different chapters. This got on my nerves. Plus, the story also ends neatly wrapped in a perfect bow. It all just magically fit together, a little too perfectly. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a good read and I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The mystery around Violet is super good. Her storyline is the best of the whole book. Don’t miss this old Hollywood tale! I received this novel from Edelweiss for a honest review.
Fredreeca2001 12 months ago
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 this read. I enjoyed reading about Old Hollywood. The name dropping and the old parties with the stars were so entertaining. I also enjoyed the creativity of the plot. I do not want to give anything away…but it is definitely a creative escape! Now…the bad. The author repeats several phrases over and over again in different chapters. This got on my nerves. Plus, the story also ends neatly wrapped in a perfect bow. It all just magically fit together, a little too perfectly. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a good read and I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The mystery around Violet is super good. Her storyline is the best of the whole book. Don’t miss this old Hollywood tale! I received this novel from Edelweiss for a honest review.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
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 Hollywood to try her luck at acting. The Hollywood she discovers is not the one where she is discovered in a soda shop. Jaeger shows us the seedier side of Hollywood in the 1940s. Thousands of young women, all vying for stardom, are taken advantage of by men who use them to get what they want, and then abandon them. Marisol is raising her young daughter Lily with the help of her parents. She waitresses at a diner, and when the opportunity arises to work for the local historical society, she is excited. Marisol's grandfather, Ricardo Cruz, grew up working on local farms with his family until he became a trapeze artist and performed at the boardwalk on Santa Cruz. Marisol idolized her grandfather and when she went through his personal papers, she discovered that he was friends with Violet Harcourt, the Miss California winner who left for Hollywood and died mysteriously a few months after her return home. With the help of a young man Marisol met at the diner, she discovers her family's connection to Violet and sets out to find out why Violet died. What I found most interesting about Boardwalk Summer is that the setting is unique. Not a lot of books are set in Santa Cruz, so we get to see a different place. You can almost smell the ocean and taste the cotton candy while reading. Marisol's interest in local history, and her grandfather's career as a trapeze artist, is fresh as well. I also liked the way Jaeger sprinkled real Hollywood figures into the storyline. Famed director Ernst Lubitsch has a cameo in the book, in a key scene involving Violet. The author drops in some hints as to where the story is going, so careful readers will pick up on those and be rewarded for their prowess. There are two big twists at the end- one I found a little too convenient- that the reader may or may not see coming. Some of Jaeger's storylines have relevance today. Marisol's grandfather is originally from Mexico, and she still faced nasty racially-charged comments from people, and the issue of women in Hollywood being sexually harassed back in the 1940s unfortunately still continues today as we see in the #MeToo movement.