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In the Hamptons, everyday people are as complicated and fascinating as millionaires...
When Katie Doyle moves across the country to the Hamptons, she is hoping to find summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with George, a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hardworking people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations. Though she’s looking forward to her move, Katie is wary about mingling in her boyfriend’s 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, Katie is amazed to witness sudden whims becoming dire needs, extramarital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchasing friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain determined façades while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders.
The more Katie becomes immersed, the more she learns the stories of both the upstairs and downstairs, the upper crust and middle of the road. The combustion between 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 through impossible twists and turns before landing at the shocking conclusion. When Katie meets Luke, a marine biologist and teacher, he makes her realize what it is she really wants, as she understands the life she’s begun for herself is built on shifting Hamptons’ dunes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
This was the absolute worst book I have ever read. It was obvious from the first chapter that the story line was shallow and stupid, and then it only got worse. The author is clearly obsessed with aberrant sex and was unable to focus on anything else.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Waste of time
By holly cebina
The book started out with a lot of potential. The author instead of focusing on building on the main characters choose to introduce many more. She only gave brief glimpses that were unnecessary and convoluted. The country club was ridiculous..Jake the mega rich guy character even more ridiculous. It was as if the author decided in the middle of the book that she didn't want to explore the characters any longer and just throw words on pages and get to the end. I skimmed a good portion of the book and read the first few words per page for the last 30 just to end my misery.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Social Satire with sand in your suit, a fast paced summer read.
By Kindle Customer gig walsh
Holly Peterson's "It Happens in the Hamptons" is a compulsively readable and unputdownable delight of a Summer read. The author's insight into the small details of living large enlivens this book a fresh view of "Upstairs, Downstairs".
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