Summer Darlings

Gallery: S. & S. May 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781982115029. $27.
DEBUT It’s 1962 and Heddy Winsome is ready to embrace her summer on the glamorous haven of Martha’s Vineyard, working as a nanny to a wealthy, well-established family. Her position comes at the recommendation of her Wellesley classmate, a member of this elite class, while Heddy’s background as a scholarship student has her on unfamiliar ground. An added complication is that her scholarship to Wellesley has been revoked, and she needs to figure out her future plans once the summer ends. Living and working among the wealthy while striving to envision her future throws Heddy into turmoil. She’s torn between two men: does she follow her instincts and fall for the charming surfer who seems to know everyone on the island, or does she try to land the Harvard student from a moneyed background? Throughout her summer adventure, Heddy’s interactions with social climbers of all types shape her perspective.
VERDICT Lifestyle journalist Foster’s first novel aims to be a solid beach read and mostly succeeds, though the story could have benefited from greater character development.

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