In Brooke Lea Foster’s debut novel, SUMMER DARLINGS (Gallery), Heddy Winsome leaves her familiar Irish Brooklyn neighborhood for the elegant and privileged Island of Martha’s Vineyard. She’s hired to babysit Anna and Teddy , two children of the ultra wealthy Williams family.
It’s 1962 and readers get a peak behind the gilded walls of one of America’s most secluded enclaves for the rich. While working as a nanny she grows to love the Vineyard, but begins to recognize an underbelly to all the glamour. At the same time she learns her scholarship for her senior year at Wellesley has been cancelled putting her dreams and future at risk.
Trying to discover her place in the wealthy Williams’ circle of friends, she meets a surfer boy who seems to hang out with all the wives, but Heddy wonders if he might be the boy for her. Soon she discovers the right last name and address in a tony zip-code may mean privilege, but doesn’t necessarily equal happiness.
I enjoyed my holiday on Martha’s Vineyard, courtesy of SUMMER DARLINGS. She experiences what F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The very rich are different from you and me.” I could relate to a lot of the novel, having been an au pair to a family one summer in the Hamptons. I’m fortunate that I didn’t have to experience her employers condensation or live with a couple who loathed one another. I guess one could look at the generational time difference. Heddy worked in the 60s, I joined a family in the early 80s. Either way, SUMMER DARLINGS is a delightful read full of interesting characters and numerous plots.
By the way, the cover is gorg!
Brooke Lea Foster is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, People, PARADE, Parents, Psychology Today, Washingtonian,and The Atlantic, among others.
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