Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand

Summer of '69

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2019-06-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 3,104 Ratings


Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling 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. And thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, while each of them hides 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.


  • Great story

    By sel2889
    Lovedddd it!!
  • Absolutely a must read

    By KateW65
    I can’t even into words about how good this book is. You have to read for yourself. I absolutely loved it
  • Great read!

    By jjjjjjj5555555
    This is one of those books that you don’t want to see end. I already miss the characters and the story. Will mark it for a reread someday.
  • 28 summer’s

    By Dax58
    Another great read. I love her books about my favorite town of Nantucket.
  • Summer of 69

    By monnie49
    Loved it. Brought back memories of that year.
  • Summer of 69

    By Book jacket
    Too much info dump and characters you never really get to know. Also, a few sentences repeated on same page the editor missed. This book could have been a prize winner if written better. Overall I had to skim parts that were too redundant or extraneous. I did not enjoy this book. I will not read anymore of her books.
  • Decent read

    By Dgdaisy
    There were a lot of characters and no real plot. Not my favorite but glad I read it.
  • A disappointment

    By Howetocut
  • Summer of 69

    By Amylynn62675
    Loved this book so much!!
  • Understanding 1969 and so much more

    By Mari of Linden
    I loved this book! Opened up my eyes to what went on in 1969 when I was a ten year old girl. Things make sense to me now. I highly recommend this fabulous look into the past and how it can relate to the present day as well.