What happened on that long-ago summer? In this riveting novel from the author of The Dressmakers Dowry, an aspiring Hollywood actress makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, a young mother sets out to discover what happened Summer, 1940: When Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss Bathing Beauty in her hometown of Santa Cruz, shes determined to see herself on the silver screen. But Violets pageant victory comes with a pricecracks appear in her seemingly perfect marriageand she quickly discovers Hollywood is not the glittering escape she dreamed of. So she makes a shocking choice, leaving her name in headlines and creating a mystery surrounding her fate.Summer, 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives in a charming seaside cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the local history of her town, Mari discovers her grandfathers connection to a beauty queen who died too young. She embarks on a journey that uncovers h...
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Boardwalk Summer Reviews
Meredith Jaeger's novel Boardwalk Summer tells the story of two women in two different time periods. In 1940, Violet Harcourt longs to be in the movies, but her marriage to a violent man thwarts her dreams. In 2007, Marisol Cruz's hopes of a college education in history ended when she became pregnant.
No one knows that Violet's husband Charles, a club owner in Santa Cruz, beats her physically and emotionally abuses her. When Violet decides she can no longer take it, she hitches a ride to Hollywoo ...more
Mari, Violet, and Ricardo have a connection.
No one knew about the connection until Mari decided to do some research.
BOARDWALK SUMMER smoothly goes back and forth from 1940 to 2010.
Violet is married, enters a beauty pageant in 1940, wins the pageant, but then relinquishes the win because only unmarried women are allowed to enter. She also gives up the crown because her abusive, controlling husband was furious. Violet then does a few unlikely and out-of-character things.
Mari is an unmarried moth ...more
I loved this book! Perfect for reading outside on a summer day :) I loved both storylines and both heroines, and found both to be equally compelling. Jaeger keeps you turning the pages as different information is revealed, while at the same time tackling issues like immigration, racism, and domestic violence, giving the novel a relevant and urgent feel. Her writing flows naturally, and pulls us into both worlds, the past and that of our present-day heroine. This makes a great summer read, and I ...more
Before I get into my thoughts on the book I’m so excited to share that my friend Jamie and I are starting a new collaboration and it starts today! Jamie is an avid reviewer on Goodreads and Instagram and we both read super fast and have very similar taste in books, though we don’t always agree 😜Boardwalk Summer is the first of our many planned buddy reads where I’ll be sharing my thoughts as usual but you’ll get the added bonus of hearing what Jamie thought as well. Hope you guys enjoy this ...more
Originally published at Reading Reality
At times, Boardwalk Summer is as wild and rollicking a ride as the old wooden roller coaster that stands proudly on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
And at other times, it is the quietly beautiful story of two women who are connected across the years by their relationships with two extremely different men – but not in the way that the reader at first thinks.
And it’s about apples that both do and don’t fall far from one very twisted tree.
In 1940 Violet Harcourt is a ...more
By Meredith Jaeger
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele
In this new novel from the 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, Su ...more
4 refreshing as a sea breeze stars to Boardwalk Summer! 🍦🎡⛱ 🎠
Boardwalk Summer has two interesting timelines. Violet Harcourt, an aspiring actress and “bathing beauty” in 1940s Santa Cruz, California, and Marisol Cruz, single mom, living in 2007 Santa Cruz as well. Both stories take place during the summer with a stunning beach backdrop and all of the fun and intrigue of the Beach Boardwalk and its performers.
The book opens with Violet winning Miss Bathing Beauty; however, she has kept a big sec ...more
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely loved this story! I liked how the chapters alternated between Violet's story in 1940 and Marisol's story in 2007. It kept the story interesting and moved along nicely. I loved reading about the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I have visited there several times and could picture it in my mind. The main characters were interesting and likeable. This was an easy and enjoyable read. A perfect summer story!