Summer of '69

Summer of '69

Follow New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand back in time and join a Nantucket family as they experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a 1960s summer.

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha's Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

In her first "historical novel," rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.

Title:Summer of '69
ISBN:9780316420013
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    Summer of '69 Reviews

  • Melissa

    “People are people.”More than anything else, it’s the people Elin Hilderbrand brings to life among her pages that have me chomping at the bit for her annual (June and now October!) releases. And...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    4 full, family drama, sisterhood, entertaining, amazing journey to the end of sixties while listening Man on the moon and singing “those were the best days of my life” as like Bryan Adams sang sta...

  • Kim ~ It?s All About the Thrill

    Wow I just really loved this book, I certainly didn't want it to end. I rarely say that about a book as I am usually ready for it to wrap up, but not this one. I found myself completely immersed in th...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister * On hiatus due to health

    Evocative, entrancing, & absorbing!I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite a while now and I am so glad that I finally followed through and read my very first book by her. ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    To say I’ve been ecstatic to read Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical fiction book is an understatement. Last summer, she wrote her first murder mystery, and this summer she brings us Summer of ...

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    Summer of ‘69 is my first book I read by Elin Hilderbrand and I have to say it was the perfect one to start with. It’s already coming up to the end of summer and we haven’t had any summer weathe...

  • NZLisaM

    Fun in the sun in the summer of '69.(Let's see how many times I mention summer during this review).This was the embodiment of the feel-good summer read, without being sappy or melodramatic. I've been ...

  • Maxwell

    I can't stand books that don't respect the reader. If you have to explicitly state things or hint so strongly at something you're going to end up telling me about in five pages, why bother? Every twis...

  • Yun

    There’s a lot going on in Summer of '69. The three sisters in the Foley/Levin family are each embroiled in their own worries. The eldest sister is pregnant while her husband is emotionally unavailab...

  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))

    It's not officially summer for me until I've read an Elin Hilderbrand book by the pool or sitting on the beach so luckily for me, I was able to read this one Memorial Day weekend, poolside, with a fru...