“A Certain Summer” was written by Patricia Beard. It is a story set in post-war New England at a time when the privileged spent the hot summers in cooler places away from the cities. This practice started during the early 1900’s when the wealthy from New York gathered at camps in the Adirondacks and Southampton to spend the summers every year. The wives and children stayed for weeks, while the men continued to commute to their businesses in the city and return on the weekends to spend time with their families. Wauregan was such a place, an island where the summer residents came every year to while away the hot days by the beaches and sit on their porches in the cool shade.
Helen and Jack, her son, came back to Wauregan for the summer. Helen’s husband, Arthur, was an OSS agent in France during the war and was listed as missing in action. Helen didn’t know for sure that he was dead, but neither did she know if he was alive.
While living there that summer, Helen became friends with the grandson of the older gentleman who lived next door. Jack became Peter’s shadow and looked up to him as a father figure. Also visiting was Frank, Arthur’s partner in the OSS in France. He intended to court Helen when Arthur had not returned after seven years and would be declared legally dead. The book provides a glimpse at the lives of those wealthy during the summers at their “away” camps and a sample of their activities.
This book was an easy read and very interesting to me. I was not ready for the ending, which will surprise you, but thought it fitting. I think you will enjoy reading this book. I look forward to reading more books by Patricia Beard.
Night Owl Reviews and Gallery Books sent a free print copy in return for my honest review of this book.