Summer Darlings

By Brooke Lea Foster

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Recommend? yes!
Buy or borrow? either or!

Look, not having a father, not having the kind of family you wanted, is one thing that happened to you. You shouldn’t let it define you that way. I never did.”

Brooke Lea Foster – Summer Darlings

Synopsis (Goodreads)

In 1962, coed Heddy Winsome leaves her hardscrabble Irish Brooklyn neighborhood behind and ferries to glamorous Martha’s Vineyard to nanny for one of the wealthiest families on the island. But as she grows enamored with the alluring and seemingly perfect young couple and chases after their two mischievous children, Heddy discovers that her academic scholarship at Wellesley has been revoked, putting her entire future at risk.

Determined to find her place in the couple’s wealthy social circles, Heddy nurtures a romance with the hip surfer down the beach while wondering if the better man for her might be a quiet, studious college boy instead. But no one she meets on the summer island—socialite, starlet, or housekeeper—is as picture-perfect as they seem, and she quickly learns that the right last name and a house in a tony zip code may guarantee privilege, but that rarely equals happiness.


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Let’s set the scene. Summer 1962, Martha’s Vineyard, very wealthy family, a movie star, glitz and glam! This book has all the ingredients for an intriguing summer read! 

Heddy moves to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer to work as a nanny for a wealthy family, trying to save up enough money to complete her final year of school. The summer is filled with new faces, new scandals, an unlikely friendship between Heddy and movie star Gigi, and two possible love interests. 

I enjoyed this book, but it seemed to be a little slow at times and it felt as though there wasn’t much happening. The ending also seemed like it didn’t fit? Maybe I didn’t catch some of the clues leading up to it, but it felt like everything drastically shifted. The events in the last 50 pages didn’t seem to match the characters personalities that was presented throughout the book.

I did however, love how Gigi took Heddy under her wing a little – the quote above is from her! And how it the writing made you feel like you were there, in the 60’s (or what I assume the 60’s felt like 😂).

The friendship between Heddy and Grace was beautiful. I love that they were able to support one another over the course of the summer.

If you’ve read this, let’s chat!! I need to talk to someone about that ending, I have so many questions!!!


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