Author: Nicola Harrison
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pub Date: June 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚
Montauk, Long Island, 1938.
A simple town on the brink of a glamorous future.
A marriage drifting apart.
A life on the edge of what is and what could be…
An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.
Montauk, Long Island, 1938.
For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.
College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.
As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.
Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…
I received this book through the publisher for this blog tour just a few days before my tour date. Luckily, this was a great story I whipped right through, reading every free moment I had. I really enjoyed Beatrice and how her character developed through the story.
The story centers around Beatrice and her failing marriage during the 1930’s when women were more accessories than anything else. Beatrice spends a summer in Montauk with the other wealthy wives, while their husbands are in the city during the week, “working.” She tries to befriend some of the wives and make the best of her time alone but instead finds that she just doesn’t fit in. As the summer goes on, her husband comes to Montauk less and less leaving her lots of time to discover who she really is.
I couldn’t imagine living during this era, and I would not have fit in either, but I loved the story! The only part that really took me by surprise was the ending. It wasn’t bad, just not what I had hoped for, for Beatrice. Overall, highly recommended!
About the Author
Born in England, Nicola Harrison moved to CA where she received a BA in Literature at UCLA before moving to NYC and earning an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook. She is a member of The Writers Room, has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train and articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes, had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine and is the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style. Montauk is Harrison’s debut novel.
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