Thursday, April 12, 2018

801 (2018 #24). Boardwalk Summer

by Meredith Jaeger

Boardwalk Summer is set in Santa Cruz, California, in 1940 and 2007.  Violet Harcourt is the 1940 narrator.  She has dreams of being a movie star, but is trapped in an abusive marriage.  Marisol "Mari" Cruz is the 2007 narrator.  She's a single mom in a dead-end job, living with her parents.  She discovers that her grandfather was connected to Violet, who apparently committed suicide, and sets out to find out what really happened.

This is the setup for the novel, told in alternating chapters, Violet's in first person, Mari's in third.  This is Meredith Jaeger's second book, and the first, The Dressmaker's Dowry, appears to have a similar setup to this one.  I liked Boardwalk Summer well enough that I intend to read Jaeger's first book.  The plot kept me turning the pages.

Although the cover photo above indicates the book has end matter with interviews and [likely] book club questions, my advance reader edition did not contain these.

© Amanda Pape - 2018

[This advance reader edition was received from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and will be passed on to someone else to enjoy.] 

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