Boardwalk Summer Review & Giveaway

Having read and reviewed Meredith’s debut, The Dressmaker’s Dowry, I was eager to get my hands on her newest.  Might I say I enjoyed this one even more?  You guys, this is the perfect beach read.

Alternating between Santa Cruz in 2007 and 1940, we are first introduced to Violet Harcourt, a beauty queen with a troubling secret.  In 2007, Marisol Cruz, a single mother and waitress, is doing everything in her power to preserve the town’s history when she first notices a photograph of Violet.  Her research leads to some startling discoveries.

I was completely swept up in both stories and couldn’t wait to find out more background.  It was obvious that a lot of historical research was done and the author had me hooked from the first chapter.  I felt all the characters were fully formed and made the right choices given their backgrounds.

For me, and what kept me from a full 5 stars, was just the coincidence of how a few storylines played out.  Instead of it being a surprise, I just felt it was too convenient and unrealistic.  I don’t want to share more as to avoid spoilers.  That being said, I will be thrilled to continue reading Meredith’s work.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is such a light read and would be perfect for a beach bag or plane ride.  In fact, I started it on the plane and would have finished if not for my lack of sleep the 3 days prior.

My thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

About the author: USA Today bestselling author Meredith Jaeger was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother. While working for a San Francisco start-up, Meredith fulfilled her dream of writing a novel, the result of which was The Dressmaker,s Dowry. Meredith lives in Alameda with her husband, their infant daughter, and their bulldog.


Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader.  U.S. only, please.  Enter on the Rafflecopter.
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6 thoughts on “Boardwalk Summer Review & Giveaway

  1. Carla Suto says:

    The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger, The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner and so many more!

  2. Ann says:

    Well, in my daydreams I’ve got more than a few [large] bags full of books! But I’ll stick with a handful of relatively new hard copies of “lighter fare” that I’m excited to read. That should narrow it down some! 🙂

    – “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson
    – “Written in the Scars” by Adriana Locke
    – “The Italian Party” by Christina Lynch
    – “All That’s Left of Me” by Janis Thomas

    …..You’ve seen those tote bags that say “It’s not hoarding if it’s books,” right? 😀

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