In this new novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what happened on that long ago summer.
Santa Cruz, Summer 1940: When auburn-haired Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss California on the boardwalk of her hometown, she knows she is one step closer to her cherished dream: a Hollywood screen test. But Violet’s victory comes with a price—discord in her seemingly perfect marriage—and she grapples with how much more she is willing to pay.
Summer 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives with her parents in the charming beach cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the town’s local history and the quaint gazebo where her grandparents danced beneath the stars, Mari sells raffle tickets at the Beach Boardwalk Centennial Celebration, and meets Jason, a California transplant from Chicago.
When Mari discovers the obituary of Violet Harcourt, a beauty queen who died too young, she and Jason are sent on a journey together that will uncover her grandfather’s lifelong secret—his connection to Violet—a story of tragedy and courage that will forever transform them.
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“A joy to read, with an incredibly clever twist I never saw coming…Punctuated with glamorous Hollywood details and a truly satisfying ending, Jaeger’s story is sure to delight.”
Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
“The two story lines weave together in interesting ways…The romances are tender in both eras, and women’s lit fans will enjoy.”
— Library Journal
“A page-turning story…Hand this to readers looking for a beach read with a bit of depth.”
“A compelling story that channels both the big dreams of old Hollywood and the charm and thrills of Santa Cruz’s boardwalk.”
— Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott
“Boardwalk Summer’s atmospheric and beautifully intertwined story lines kept me guessing until the very end.”
— Meg Donohue, author of Every Wild Heart
“By turns a gripping mystery, a richly-detailed exploration of history and family, and a beautiful love story—I was absolutely captivated.”
— Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter
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About Meredith Jaeger
Meredith Jaeger was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, the daughter of an American mother and Swiss father. She earned her BA in modern literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has been making up stories since she was a child. A lover of narrow cobblestone streets and new adventures, Meredith has lived abroad in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Australia. She currently lives on an island seven miles off the coast of San Francisco with her husband, their English bulldog, and crotchety cat.
About the Narrators
Rebecca Gibel is an award-winning stage, television, and voice actress. The narrator of over fifty audiobooks, Rebecca is facile in a wide variety of genres. Rebecca has worked across the country at theaters such as Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, and the Arden Theatre Company. She holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
Marisol Ramirez is an audio narrator and actress who has appeared on numerous television shows, including ER, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, and Dallas. Among her film credits are Right at Your Door and Just Cause.