As George takes Katie on a whirlwind tour of country clubs, haute couture, and lavish events, she is amazed to witness sudden whims become dire needs, extra-marital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchase friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain a determined façade while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders.
The more Katie becomes immersed, the more she learns the secrets of both the upstairs and downstairs, the upper crust and middle of the road. The combustion between the classes becomes explosive as the summer tears on. Betrayals, a sexual predator, and a missing person lost in murky waves drive the reader on a racing Learjet ride through impossible twists and turns until landing at the shocking conclusion. When she meets Luke, a local surfer and middle school teacher, he makes her question what it is she really wants as she understands the life she’s begun for herself is built on shifting Hamptons’ dunes.
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Release Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
I really wanted to love this book as it promises everything that women want in a beach read. But, it just didn't deliver for me. Why? it had no substance. The plot seemed almost pointless as it didn't come together until the very end (like after 300 pages). To me, it felt like there were just a bunch of people whining about either being rich or not being rich, or about them trying to make something of themselves without it being resolved. It was just an all around weird book that COULD have been better had the author stuck to one plot point and written the story around that. You can read more about that in my spoiler below...
Mild Plot Spoilers Ahead:
It's hard to spoil this book because there is nothing memorable or even important about it.
I am not trying to be insensitive to the authors work or rude but I just don't understand how this was published as is. But, as far as plot points I think the author would have had a fantastic book had she focused on one problem and resolved it. For example, there are quite a few issues brought up in this book like how rich men take advantage of minors (this would have been a solid point to base the book around) or about the camp that these rich folks are trying to shut down because it "ruins their beach", or even the romance aspect that is included in the book. Instead, all of this was rolled into one and nothing happened... Ah! I am so confused
Anyway, you can probably tell that this book was not my cup of tea, and that's fine. Some people will love with as it could be considered an easy beach read, but others will be left wanting more when they are finished. Unfortunately, nothing about this book was interesting to me. On to the next one...