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A Hundred Summers Read Along

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I might have raved about Beatriz Williams on this blog once or twice. Her newest book, A Hundred Summers, just went on sale last Thursday. I was lucky enough to snap up a galley of this beauty in February, and I read the entire thing in one sitting; I was so wrapped up in Lily’s story and so enchanted by the characters and the settings of Rhode Island in 1938 and New York City in the 20s that I was loath to put it down. Not to mention it banished the dreary winter weather we were having and made me look forward to summer. As with Overseas, I couldn’t wait to read it again.

The perfect opportunity to do so came when Jennifer from Literate Housewife announced that she was planning a read along for July. When she brought it up to the Hashtag Book Club, our three-month-old Twitter discussion group, all of us jumped on board and tried to think of a fun way to get the word out, and the blog hop was born.

I chose this quote because it comes at a point in the book where both the physical and emotional storms that have been brewing are about to break, not to mention it gives you an idea of just how incredible Beatriz’s writing is.

I hope you’ll join us for the read along! Check out the discussion schedule, and for further inspiration, visit my fellow bloggers and see what quotes they chose:

May 28 — Teresa’s Reading Corner

May 29 — Girls Just Reading

May 30 — Anita Loves Books

June 1 — Linus’s Blanket

June 2 — The Red Headed Reader

June 3 — Poof… books.

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Summer Round Up

She lives!

I’m sorry, I’ve been neglectful, and I have new found respect for all the real book bloggers out there, because after a full day at work, it’s difficult for me to muster the energy to turn on my laptop, let alone write up a book review. You guys are amazing.

The new job is great. I’m learning a ton and feel more secure in my duties with every passing day. Everyone I work with has been incredibly welcoming and so helpful, and I’m lucky to be a part of such a smart team of publicists.

Thanks to my long commute, I’ve been able to get in a lot of pleasure reading and read nearly every book on my Summer 2012 list on Pinterest. Unsurprisingly, much of what I read was in the mystery/thriller genre, which I love all year round but which is particularly good in the summer. I did manage to get in some contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and romance in between murders, though!

I reviewed quite a few of my summer reads on the blog, but here are a few others that I really enjoyed, in capsule. I’m so excited for fall!

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BEA 2012, a.k.a. Book Prom!

If you follow the book world, you’ll know that this week was Book Expo America, a.k.a. Book Prom. It’s one of the biggest (if not the biggest) annual gatherings of publishers, librarians, book sellers, authors, bloggers and, this year, regular readers. I missed BEA 2011 and had to content myself with reading the recaps and hearing about the madness second hand from my co-workers.

I didn’t think I’d get to go this year, either, so imagine my surprise and delight when I was offered a pass to run around the Javits for a few hours. Since I had some events planned for Wednesday morning, I decided that would be my day to go and started arranging meetings with bloggers that I’ve gotten to know on Twitter over this past year and getting excited.

I figured I’d have a relatively calm week, particularly because I was only going for the one day, but by Sunday, it was clear that I was going to be as happily busy as everyone else.

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Overseas by Beatriz Williams

Overseas by Beatriz Williams

Summary from the publisher:
When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.

Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.

Readers, let me ask you: have you ever read a book that makes your heart hurt in the best way possible? Where you grow to love the characters so much that they’re the last thing you think of when you go to sleep and the first thing you think of when you wake up?

That is Overseas.

Let me say right off, this is not a historical novel. It’s more of a romance with elements of magical realism, and it requires some suspension of disbelief, which, for me, wasn’t at all difficult because I was so completely immersed in the story that I didn’t find myself questioning the plausibility of the whole thing, rather I wondered how the events of the past affected Kate and Julian’s future, and whether those things were going to catch up to them. Alternating between Amiens in 1916 and Manhattan in the present day also allowed the author to maintain some seriously high stakes, and the last 50 pages were particularly harrowing.

The characters are also wonderfully engaging. It was so easy to identify with Kate as she reeled with the knowledge of Julian’s past and then fought to maintain a balance between her independence and Julian’s protectiveness and wealth. And Julian is definitely going to perpetuate my unrealistic expectations in men, although I did like that he had his own flaws and that Kate called him out on them.

I can see readers getting a little confused about the how and why of the time travel and wanting more of an explanation. It made sense to me, and as the characters don’t fully understand how it works, I was able to accept the explanation we got. The author is very open to questions, so contact her via her website (linked above) or on Twitter if you want to know more.

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a story of epic, consuming love, with some interesting little twists. For me, it was the ideal way to kick off the unofficial beginning of summer.

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