Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin
Publication Date: 2021-05-04
"The View" cohost and New York Times bestselling author Sunny Hostin dazzles with this brilliant novel about a life-changing summer along the beaches of Martha's Vineyard. Welcome to Oak Bluffs, the most exclusive Black beach community in the country. Known for its gingerbread Victorian-style houses and modern architecture, this picturesque town hugging the sea is a mecca for the crème de la crème of Black society. Black people have lived in this pretty slip of the Vineyard since the 1600s and began buying property in the 1800s, making this posh town the embodiment of "old money." Thirty years ago, Amelia Vaux Tanner and her husband built a house high on the bluffs, a cottage they named Chateau Laveau. For decades, Amelia played host to American presidents, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons. But her favorite guests have always been her three goddaughters: Esperanza, a beautiful, talented Afro-Latina lawyer; Olivia, a gifted Wall Street analyst; and Billie, a gifted marine biologist. Growing up, these three goddaughters from different backgrounds came together each summer at Chateau Laveau. As adults, the cottage is a place this trio of successful yet very different women go to escape, to slow down from their hectic lives, share private time with Amelia, and enjoy the gorgeous weather, cool water, and stunning views of Oak Bluffs This summer, however, will be different. An era is ending,because Amelia, now nearing seventy-one, is moving to the south of France to reunite with her college sweetheart. She has invited Perry, Olivia, and Billie to spend one last summer together with her the way they did when they were kids. And when fall comes, she is going to give the house to one of them. Who will it be and how will they handle the news?