Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand

Summer of '69

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2019-06-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,926 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.


  • 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.
  • Good summer read

    By Sth yoga girl
    Loved reading about this family! I didn’t want it to end.
  • Almost really good

    By Nancy Pants 2
    I couldn’t put this book down. It was great for about 90-95% of the book. The last couple of chapters were a disappointment. All of a sudden, it turned into a Hallmark movie in need of editing. It reads like the author got in a hurry all of a sudden. Darn.
  • Summer of 1969

    By ChristieVI
    My favorite of Elin Hildebrand’s books so far— more substance! Excellently written and a clear step above the rest. Now I am anticipating her next novel set on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Great Summer Read

    By Syteacher
    Enjoyed it! For someone who was a little younger than Kirby in 1969, this brought back so many memories.
  • Come Together

    By Jen from the Stars
    Her very best book, in my opinion. Textured and emotionally accurate for the era, this story captures the essence of 1969 in the small ways the culturally significant events became woven into the lives of people of all ages, all varieties. The connections forged, the hope, the fear and the angst all become characters in this beautifully told story. I miss them already.
  • Summer of 69

    By Lin z B
    I loved this book! I was 16 that summer....young, in love and blissfully unaware of all the turmoil our country was going through. This book brought back memories of that summer....Watching the moon landing with my boyfriend, hearing the nightly news and not really understanding the history being made. Looking back 50 years I now understand what an important part of history that year was. I love the way the author intertwined history into this family’s story. It was emotional memories for me. Thank you!
  • Summer of 69

    By Paris4675
    I will not read anymore of this author’s books. I don’t think this would have been published if she was not a bestseller. Her books used to be amusing but her last books are truly disappointing
  • Another must-read!

    By LeslieAreli_
    Absolutely love Hilderbrand’s books. Always recommend her to all my friends and have yet to be disappointed. Love how relatable all her characters are, each one brought me back to different period of my life.
  • Khu

    By phillyserver