Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand

Summer of '69

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2019-06-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 877 Ratings


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.


  • Loved it!

    By carocross
    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.
  • Onery

    By Tdglobalconsulting
    This read is painstakingly slow. It’s one thing to make a decent fiction political but this is over the top. To combine the Vietnam War, the Kennedy debacle and the moon landing as somehow demonstrative of 1969 is a joke. Meritless and cowardly! Additionally the racist card is overplayed and boring. You know better. Keep America Great!!!
  • 69

    By Peter 14
    Good read. However, I thought it would be more interrelated with the world changing events of 1969. It wasn’t...
  • Very Good Overall

    By drjetb1958
    I decided on this book for some summer reading. Overall, I enjoyed it. I was 11 in 1969, and it was interesting to read about the events described, such as Apollo 11 and Chappaquiddick, and think back to what I remember of those times. The multiple character viewpoints could have been confusing but the author handled them well. So why remove a star? The use of the present tense throughout a story set in 1969 annoyed me greatly. It broke the flow of the story, seeming very awkward. Though I enjoyed the characters, I kept noticing that pesky present tense. Otherwise, a very good summer read!
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  • Birds fly and sky

    By lance cardillo
    Sky birds fly into that area as snow snow comes down and so does rain comes down thunderstorms and lightning lightning in the flashing to
  • 👎

    By craized cruise guy
    Not my cup of tea
  • I like the title . It reminds me of the year my life changed forever.

    By gi cky
    I can’t wait to finish this book!
  • Summer, 1969

    By ME&KE
    My mist enjoyable read of 2019! Thank you