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Summer of '69

One Summer. So Many Secrets . . . The most unputdownable beach read of summer 2019

By Elin Hilderbrand
Read by Laurel Lefkow

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Join Elin Hilderbrand for the Summer of Love! 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, Hilderbrand once again cements her title as 'Queen of the Summer Novel' (People)

'I just LOVE [Elin Hilderbrand's] books, they are such compulsive reads' - Marian Keyes

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century . . .

Every year the Levin children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic island home, but this year it's not to be. Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests with her friend Mary Jo Kopechne. And Tiger, the only son, has just been deployed to Vietnam.

Thirteen-year-old Jessie, the youngest of them all, suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding secrets of her own . . .

As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man walks on the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

In her first historical novel, Elin Hilderbrand once again cements her title as 'Queen of the Summer Novel' (People).

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Praise for Elin Hilderbrand

'Sink into this book like a hot, scented bath . . . a delicious, relaxing pleasure' - Kirkus

'[Elin Hilderbrand] signifies the start of summer to readers' - The Book Reporter

'Perfect holiday reading' - Candis

'The queen regent of the easy-breezy summer novel' - New York Post

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Biographical Notes

Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children, and singing "Home, Sweet Home" at the Club Car piano bar. Summer of '69 is her twenty-second novel.

You can visit Elin's website at www.elinhilderbrand.net, follow her on Twitter @elinhilderbrand or find out more on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/ElinHilderbrand.

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  • ISBN: 9781529352023
  • Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
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Praise for Elin Hilderbrand: — -
Hilderbrand throws enough curveballs to keep readers guessing, but not too many, maintaining the breezy pace her novels are known for — Booklist on THE PERFECT COUPLE
An honest, raw tale of friendship and love — Cosmopolitan on THE CASTAWAYS
A pacey read, with colourful characters that have fascinating motivations. I couldn't get them out of my head for days. — Sunday Express on SILVER GIRL
So deliciously addictive that it will be the 'It' beach book of the summer — Kirkus Review on THE ISLAND
This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down — Candis on BAREFOOT
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