Summer Darlings

Summer Darlings

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couple and chases after their two mischievous children, Heddy discovers that her academic scholarship at Wellesley has been revoked, putting her entire future at risk.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

Title:Summer Darlings
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    Summer Darlings Reviews

  • Tina

    I think this was a really good debut novel and I did enjoy Brooke Lea Foster's writing. I loved the setting and time period! Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 1962 amongst all the jet-set rich. It's ...

  • MicheleReader

    Rated 4.5 It’s 1962 and Heddy Winsome is heading to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer that will forever change her life. Having been raised in Brooklyn by a single mother struggling to pay each month...

  • Tonya

    Terrific beach read, kills the boredom! I was really drawn into this story with the characters and lifestyle on the island. Also, the setting was before my time and it was really fascinating to read t...

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    Fun throwback to the 60’s with a surprise twist ending. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 60s were transitional time in our history and this new book has captured the fun and flirty atmosphere perfectly.Young c...

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  • Jennifer Blankfein

    Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster is a fun, summer read set in the 1960s on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. Heddy, a young penniless student from Wellesley steps off the boat ready to ...

  • Holly

    *2.5 stars ✨So disappointed. I really wanted to love this one 🙁. There was so much spite & hate in this book and the ending didn’t make much sense from the rest of the book. The only things tha...

  • Renee Rosen

    Welcome a fresh new voice in historical fiction! Brooke Lea Foster spins a delicious tale of a young girl from Brooklyn who spends a summer rubbing elbows with the rich and famous on Martha’s Vineya...

  • Suzanne

    Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an early e-copy. This is my first review since the COVID panic really began in earnest, so it's a bit trickier than normal to write a focused review! But h...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    Me: This sounds like it could be an annoying romanticization of privilegeTrash me: BUT WE LOVE THAT SHITMe: But wouldn't that be buying in to the repressive status quo?Trash me: BUT WE LOVE THAT SHITM...