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Publisher Description

“Filled with 1960s nostalgia and a host of deftly drawn characters” (Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer), Summer Darlings pulls back the curtain on one mysterious and wealthy family as seen through the eyes of their nanny—a college student who, while falling in love on Martha’s Vineyard, is also forced to reckon with the dark side of privilege.

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couple and chases after their two mischievous children, Heddy discovers that her academic scholarship at Wellesley has been revoked, putting her entire future at risk.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.

Praised as “a perfect summer book packed with posh people, glamor, mystery, and one clever, brave, young nanny” by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer, Summer Darlings promises entrance to a rarefied world, for anyone who enjoyed Tigers in Red Weather or The Summer Wives.

Fiction & Literature
May 5
Gallery Books

Customer Reviews

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A Mid-Century Nanny Diaries

On the whole it was a decent book, it reminded me a bit of the Nanny Diaries. Fortunately, it had some criminal intrigue to set it apart. I enjoyed it most of the time, but felt like the ending rushed to its conclusion (deadline?), and the sudden burst of pragmatism was somewhat out of the heroine’s character. Speaking of, some characters are rather under-developed, I would have liked to get to know them, for better or worse. A closer look at the antagonists would have gone a long way. Further, simply painting one as purely a villain when he clearly had his own cross to bear (no spoilers) was, for lack of a better word, lazy. The author was on to something in portraying how idyllic circumstances aren’t always what they seem. I just wish she’d gone a few layers deeper.

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