Summer of '69

The #1 New York Times Bestseller
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.

In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand Summary

"Summer of '69" is a song recorded by the Canadian musician Bryan Adams, from his fourth album, Reckless (1984). The song was written by Adams and Jim Vallance, a long-time writing partner of Adams. "Summer of '69" was produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain. It was released in June 1985 under A&M Records as the fourth single from Reckless. "Summer of '69" is an up-tempo rock song.The song was released with two B-side tracks; "Kids Wanna Rock" and "The Best Was Yet to Come", which had previously appeared on the albums Reckless and Cuts Like a Knife respectively. "Summer of '69" received favourable reviews from music critics. The single had a strong effect on music charts internationally, with its highest peak being number four in the Netherlands, and its least successful charting country being Germany. The track was promoted with a music video, which was filmed by Steve Barron. The video features Adams and his backing band in a variety of settings, including running from the police...

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Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand Book Reviews (1,762)

Sth yoga girl

Good summer read4 star

Loved reading about this family! I didn’t want it to end. 45

Nancy Pants 2

Almost really good3 star

I couldn’t put this book down. It was great for about 90-95% of the book. The last couple of chapters were a disappointment. All of a sudden, it turned into a Hallmark movie in need of editing. It reads like the author got in a hurry all of a sudden. Darn. 35


Summer of 19695 star

My favorite of Elin Hildebrand’s books so far— more substance! Excellently written and a clear step above the rest. Now I am anticipating her next novel set on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 55


Great Summer Read3 star

Enjoyed it! For someone who was a little younger than Kirby in 1969, this brought back so many memories. 35

Jen from the Stars

Come Together5 star

Her very best book, in my opinion. Textured and emotionally accurate for the era, this story captures the essence of 1969 in the small ways the culturally significant events became woven into the lives of people of all ages, all varieties. The connections forged, the hope, the fear and the angst all become characters in this beautifully told story. I miss them already. 55

Lin z B

Summer of 695 star

I loved this book! I was 16 that summer....young, in love and blissfully unaware of all the turmoil our country was going through. This book brought back memories of that summer....Watching the moon landing with my boyfriend, hearing the nightly news and not really understanding the history being made. Looking back 50 years I now understand what an important part of history that year was. I love the way the author intertwined history into this family’s story. It was emotional memories for me. Thank you! 55


Summer of 691 star

I will not read anymore of this author’s books. I don’t think this would have been published if she was not a bestseller. Her books used to be amusing but her last books are truly disappointing 15


Another must-read!5 star

Absolutely love Hilderbrand’s books. Always recommend her to all my friends and have yet to be disappointed. Love how relatable all her characters are, each one brought me back to different period of my life. 55


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Loved it!5 star

I was 25 in the Summer of ‘69. Although I didn’t spend summers on the Cape, this gave me the feel of what it was like. Very good story with interesting characters. I hope the author writes another book with update on their lives! Great summer read. 55

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