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I bought this because of the hype and it didn't disappoint! The writing was so sharp and clever, with hilarious and/or insightful turns of phrases that made me want to highlight the entire book. The story was engaging and I really enjoyed the characters. Just the right mix of intrigue, fun, and shiny things for a beach book. It's a story about privilege, family, desire, & desperation. Loved it. I look forward to more from this author.
I absolutely loved this book. I’ve found myself reading lots of deep, dark books lately and needed something light but engaging. A friend suggested it and I’m so glad I bought it. The story follows a number of connected characters in Orient, a lesser known area of Long Island near the Hamptons. It ticked all the boxes for me: adult love and loss, teens wading through tricky relationships, celebrity and art-World intrigue. I couldn’t put it down and now wish there were a sequel!
Ruthie Beamish loves her life, or at least she thinks she does. She's been the curator of The Belfry Museum in Orient, a small, sleepy town on the North Fork of Long Island, for 10 years. Although she and her husband separated three years ago, he still lives with her and their 15-year-old daughter, Jemma.
In order to make ends meet, Ruthie rents her ocean-view house out from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. This year, the wealthy widow of a famous artist will be renting it for the entire summer. Adeline Clay arrives early with her petulant 23-year-old step-son in tow. (Back in her youth, when she was trying to become a successful artist, Ruthie worked for Adeline's husband, Peter Clay.) Meanwhile, Ruthie and Jem will live in a wealthy friend's "playhouse" while the friend and her family summer in France. The friend suggests that Ruthie borrow her clothes to try to update her dowdy image.
Adeline's arrival turns the town upside down, as her ex-boyfriend, the super-rich artist Daniel Mantis shows up on several occasions. The social-climbing Chair of the Museum's Board wants to land Mantis as an exhibitor and convinces the other Board members that Ruthie isn't doing enough to support her plans and has Ruthie fired. Up to this point, I kind of liked Ruthie, but her reaction was not only unreasonable, but unhinged and borderline insane.
Throw in this mix a few locals, Ruthie's lesbian best friend, Ruthie's assistant from the Museum, Ruthie's old boyfriend (also a former artist who now owns and operates an oyster shack), Daniel Mantis' daughter Lark, the bitchy Museum Board members and you have a confusing mish-mosh that's hard to follow. Frankly, not one character was really likeable and the author's presentation of them did nothing to make you care about them. I kept hoping the storyline would get better, but it got worse and more convoluted as I read on.
Once I got into this book, I literally couldn’t put it down. I read it on the train and at night when I got home, and finished it during my lunch hour. The book has great characters who are beautifully developed and a setting to match. It was a wonderful, fun read.
Refreshingly original, thoroughly enjoyable, and impossible to put down! Blundell’s writing quickly draws you in with engaging story lines and characters so real you’ll feel as if you actually know them. To call this a summer read only tells half of the story- yes, it is an engaging page turner that had every member of my hard to please book club hooked from page 1, but The High Season is also head and shoulders above the typical summer release- and one of the few that won’t lose its luster after Labor Day.
I read the other reviews and love novels about beach towns in the summer but honestly am wondering if I was reading the same book? I thought the characters were completely unrelatable! I actually didn’t even finish the book other than to skim through every few pages!
Suprising,great reas.ruthie,mom,museum curator ex wife living in the out skirts of wealth.trying to hang on to her house. Jenna her daughter.doe,survivor,social climber this story is about their summer in Orient. It's about art,good love and friendship.it's also about lies,betrayal and a giant bouncy house. It's a great read.
Beautifully written and great fun to read. Just the right amount of humor and great descriptions of people we may know. Even if yo are unfamiliar with the Hamptons and the super-rich this book keeps you engaged and is wonderfully relatable.