Beatriz Williams

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams joins us to discuss her new ravishing summer read, THE BEACH AT SUMMERLY, taking readers back to a mid-century New England rich with secrets and Cold War Intrigue. Focusing on two distinct periods of protagonist Emilia Winthrop's life, THE BEACH AT SUMMERLY features an examination of social status, blossoming relationships, and political intrigue. It's a bingeworthy read perfect for historical fiction and thriller readers alike! 

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
New York Times bestseller Beatriz Williams returns with a ravishing summer read, taking readers back to a mid-century New England rich with secrets and Cold War intrigue.

June 1946. As the residents of Winthrop Island prepare for the first summer season after the sacrifice of war, a glamorous new figure moves into the guest cottage at Summerly, the idyllic seaside estate of the wealthy Peabody family. To Emilia Winthrop, daughter of Summerly’s year-round caretaker and a descendant of the island’s settlers, Olive Rainsford opens a window into a world of shining possibility. While Emilia spent the war years caring for her incapacitated mother, Olive traveled the world, married fascinating men, and involved herself in political causes. She’s also the beloved aunt of the two surviving Peabody sons, Amory and Shep, with whom Emilia has a tangled romantic history.

As the summer wears on, Emilia develops a deep rapport with Olive, who urges her to leave the island for a life of adventure, while romance blossoms with the sturdy and honorable Shep. But the heady promise of Peabody patronage is blown apart by the arrival of Sumner Fox, an FBI agent who demands Emilia’s help to capture a Soviet agent who’s transmitting vital intelligence on the West’s atomic weapon program from somewhere inside the Summerly estate.

April 1954. Eight years later, Summerly is boarded up and Emilia has rebuilt her shattered life as a professor at Wellesley College, when shocking news arrives from Washington—the traitor she helped convict is about to be swapped for an American spy imprisoned in the Soviet Union, but with a mysterious condition only Emilia can fulfill. A reluctant Emilia is summoned to CIA headquarters, where she’s forced to confront the harrowing consequences of her actions that fateful summer, and a choice that could destroy the Peabody family—and Emilia’s chance for redemption—all over again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, including Our Woman in Moscow, The Summer Wives, and the acclaimed Wicked City Prohibition series, as well as The Lost Summers of Newport, cowritten with Lauren Willig and Karen White. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Friday, July 14, 2023 - 7:00pm
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The Beach at Summerly: A Novel By Beatriz Williams Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063020849
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Published: William Morrow - June 27th, 2023

The Lost Summers of Newport: A Novel By Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063040755
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 16th, 2023

Our Woman in Moscow: A Novel By Beatriz Williams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063020795
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 28th, 2022

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The Golden Hour: A Novel By Beatriz Williams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062834768
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 2nd, 2020