In this new novel from the USA Today bestselling 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 is one step closer to her cherished dream: a Hollywood screen test. But Violet’s victory comes with a price—discord in her seemingly perfect marriage—and she grapples with how much more she is willing to pay.
Summer 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives with her parents in the charming beach cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the town’s local history and the quaint gazebo where her grandparents danced beneath the stars, Mari sells raffle tickets at the Beach Boardwalk Centennial Celebration, and meets Jason, a California transplant from Chicago.
When Mari discovers the obituary of Violet Harcourt, a beauty queen who died too young, she and Jason are sent on a journey together that will uncover her grandfather’s lifelong secret—his connection to Violet—a story of tragedy and courage that will forever transform them.
After a couple of weeks’ hiatus for the Christmas holidays, my traditional Monday feature Tempted by…is back. This is where I spotlight a book I have been enticed to buy for my own collection by a review written by one of my fellow bloggers. This week I am showcasing Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger as featured in this post by Jennifer on her blog, Jennifer- Tar Heel Reader.
It was the summery and glamorous cover of this book that first caught my eye, with the girl in the old-fashioned bikini in the centre and the outline of Santa Monica Pier in the background. Regular readers will know that I can’t resist books set in the US, particularly by the coast. It is like travelling vicariously to my favourite destinations. Then I read on and was intrigued by the dual timeline story, which is always fun to read, and promise of a ‘light mystery’. I was intrigued enough to buy it, although I haven’t got round to reading it yet!
I first started reading Jennifer’s blog because of the tag line, ‘Reading under the light of a Carolina moon,’ which just threw up such an idyllic image for me and this is always how I imagine Jennifer reading, in a hammock (no idea why I imagine a hammock, she has never indicated that she even has such a thing) under the moon, caressed by a warm breeze. I love her chatty reviewing style, her book tastes are really interesting and she is very supportive of other bloggers. She also posts the most beautiful bookstagram images, of which I am very jealous! Please do check out her blog, I’m sure you’ll love it too.
If you would like to get your own copy of Boardwalk Summer, you can get a copy here.