Title: It Happens in the Hamptons
Author: Holly Peterson
Genre/Audience: Fiction, women’s fiction, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
When Katie Doyle moves across the country to the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hard-working people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations. Though she’s looking forward to their move, Katie is wary about mingling with her boyfriends’ East Coast elite circles. She soon discovers Southampton isn’t all that it seems to be on the surface—and neither are the people who live there.
As George takes Katie on a whirlwind tour of country clubs, haute couture, and lavish events, she is amazed to witness sudden whims become dire needs, extra-marital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchase friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain a determined façade while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders.
The more Katie becomes immersed, the more she learns the secrets of both the upstairs and downstairs, the upper crust and middle of the road. The combustion between the classes becomes explosive as the summer tears on. Betrayals, a sexual predator, and a missing person lost in murky waves drive the reader on a racing Learjet ride through impossible twists and turns until landing at the shocking conclusion. When she meets Luke, a local surfer and middle school teacher, he makes her question what it is she really wants as she understands the life she’s begun for herself is built on shifting Hamptons’ dunes.
If you’re like me, peeling back the curtain and getting a sneak peak at how the other half lives can be extremely entertaining, and that’s what this book did. Being a middle class person myself, it’s always interesting to see how the rich and elite live, whether through reading, TV, or movies and this book did not change my opinion that they are very different than your average person… yikes! I am always appalled at the way the very wealthy feel they can act and talk to other people.
I will say, initially it took this book a little while to get going since the first part was introducing the different characters and storylines before actually getting into the heart of the story. Katie is an interesting character trying to find her way in the Hamptons, since she’s not one of the rich people herself, but rather with a rich person and trying to socialize with the locals. Trying to find a balance and what she really wants in life, whether that be the jetset lifestyle or a more normal life, is her major dilemma. I enjoyed seeing her battle with those decisions and her new lifestyle.
If you are entertained by the antics of the upper crust, then I’d definitely suggest you check this one out. It’s a fun and eye-opening read and I enjoyed getting to see and experience a lifestyle that is not at all like my own!
Thank you to Kim, my mom, for this “guest review.” She occasionally reviews books for my blog as we have very similar reading tastes. Fun fact: my mom actually had a book blog at one time in preparation for our 2011 trip to BEA – ha!