One would think that writing a book with dual voices and THREE different timelines would be impossible, but Beatriz Williams does it! I’m always floored when authors pull these types of books off with seeming ease.
The main characters, Miranda and Bianca, are opposites in almost every way. In my opinion, Miranda is the MAIN main story — she takes up two of the timelines — but without Bianca, we would not have the twists that made this book stand out for me. The dynamics between the haves and have nots, the locals and the summer crowd, as well as the families, were well written and instrumental in understanding why certain characters thought and acted how they did. It felt very true to life. It started out slow, but I flew through the last three quarters.
Reasons I liked this book:
Character depth – literally and figuratively.
Vivid setting descriptions.
Romance and mystery wrapped up with one luxurious bow.
The plot and sub-plots get endings.
Book Quote: “The fateful summer still lay before me, a reel of film waiting to unspool, and how could I know that I was right now witnessing its first momentous scene? I mean, you never so suspect what inconsequential event will change the course of your life.”
Rating: 4 stars
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