Summer on the Bluffs

Summer on the Bluffs

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View cohost Sunny Hostin makes her literary debut with this dazzling 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 architectural marvels, this picturesque town hugging the sea is a mecca for the crème de la crème of black society—where Michelle and Barack Obama vacation and Meghan Markle has shopped for a house for her mom. 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.”

Every summer, Esperenza “Perry” Soto, a beautiful and talented Afro-Latina lawyer, escapes the fetid heat of New York City for the gorgeous weather, cool water, and stunning views Oak Bluffs offers. Sharing a cottage on the beach, owned by her “Ama”, with her husband and two god sisters, Perry is looking forward to trading meetings and clients for days of languor and fun.

When Memorial Day arrives and the season begins, some of the nation’s wealthiest, most powerful, and famous from the worlds of politics, art, and entertainment meet to swim, dance, party, and chill. While a few can’t leave work behind, others indulge in a different kind of business affair. 

But this summer on the Bluffs is different. Ama is moving to the south of France to reunite with her college sweetheart. She is going to give the house to one of her goddaughters and she has invited all three of them to spend the summer with her the way they did when they were kids. Each of the women want the house desperately. Each is grappling with a secret that they fear will make them lose Ama’s approval and the house. . . .


Title:Summer on the Bluffs
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062994172
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    Summer on the Bluffs Reviews

  • Read In Colour

    It's not possible to read any book about Oak Bluffs and not think of Dorothy West's The Wedding or the movie The Inkwell or the Obamas. When you hear about Martha's Vineyard you think of an overly whi...

  • DeAnn

    3.5 Martha’s Vineyard StarsAnother book set on Martha’s Vineyard! Specifically, Oak Bluffs, an exclusive black beach community. This one features the ultra-successful couple Ama and Omar and we le...

  • Cheryl James

    Not really a summer beach reader but it's Sunny Hostin and how could i not read her book. It started out really good but half way towards the end, the story and the characters ran a little flat. I'm h...

  • Cathy

    I was chosen to receive this book by entering a goodreads drawing.Summer on the Bluffs was not for me. I found the book to be a bit shallow with a lot of name dropping. There was too much focus on wea...

  • Alex Curtis

    First of all I love Sunny Hostin, I love her on the view and when she fights with that gross Meghan McCain.. Okay, back to the book, wow I really enjoyed it and it had to do allot with when you hear a...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    I listened to the audiobook and I really enjoyed this one. The narrator was very good. Not too slow and had just the right tone to fit each other the women.This is a multigenerational look into the li...

  • Nance Davidson

    I was delighted to receive my ARC of Sunny Hostin's Summer on the Bluff for a number of reasons. The history of Oak Bluffs as an African American community has always fascinated me, and I have always ...

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**

    3.5 starsI enjoyed the story's premise and appreciated Hostin's smooth and readable writing, this is would be a good choice for vacation/long weekend reading. I picked this up with the intention of ju...

  • Elizabeth Plunkett

    Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin is a work of audio art! I loved digging into this story and was captivated by the way Hostin wove each character's story together. Move over Elin Hilderbrand, ther...

  • Amiee

    The setting is amazing; love the love story of Omar and Ama....the rest...meh.The secrets were interesting but the execution fell flat.I found this book a bit boring....