The High Season - Judy Blundell

The High Season

By Judy Blundell

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 43 Ratings


“A shimmering story of art, money, and celebrity, The High Season is wicked summer fun.”—Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

The Hamptons hath no fury like a woman scorned.

No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Lovingly renovated, located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest egg—the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for what Jem calls “the summer bummer”: the family’s annual exodus to make way for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. The widow of a blue-chip artist, Adeline Clay is elegant, connected, and accompanied by a “gorgeous satellite” stepson. But soon Adeline demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life—her house, her friends, even her husband (okay, ex-husband, but still). And after her job as the director of a local museum is threatened, Ruthie finally decides to fight back.

Meanwhile, away from the watchful eyes of her parents, Jem is tasting independence at her first summer job, but soon finds herself growing up too fast. One of Ruthie’s employees, a master of self-invention named Doe, infiltrates the inner circle of an eccentric billionaire and his wayward daughter. With a coterie of social climbers and Ruthie’s old flame thrown into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous change. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same.

In a novel packed with indelible characters, crackling wit, and upstairs/downstairs drama, Judy Blundell emerges as a voice for all seasons—a wry and original storyteller who knows how the most disruptive events in our lives can twist endings into new beginnings.

Praise for The High Season

“A mesmerizing, head-spinning—and sometimes madcap-hilarious—take of have and have-nots. Populated by artists, a billionaire and his aimless daughter, scheming teenagers and backstabbing adults, it’s the perfect beach read even if there’s no sand in sight.”People (Book of the Week)

“A let’s-get-lost tale of romance, high art, and class intrigue . . . in the smart, breezy sweet spot between Meg Wolitzer and Elin Hilderbrand.”Entertainment Weekly


  • Will it never end

    By Playwickey
    The title says it all!
  • Entertaining

    By jeneaw39
    The Paris Wedding is about Rachel West, who in th beginning of the book was a young girl. She had a lot going on at the age of 18, he mother had been diagnosed with MS, she’s in love with a boy named Matthew and he decides to move away. Now as an adult, she questions some of the decisions she had made over the years. Funny how we look back and think we might of doesn’t higns different, but would we really? Would we be where we are today and be happy? That is what type of story this takes us through. Rachel chose to care for her mother instead going with Matthew, her love to Sydney. He was the mans she thought she would marry andlive happily together. 10 years later, he is getting married and has invited her to come to the wedding. Not sure if I’d be able to go and watch the man, I wanted to spend my life with marry someone else. But, Rachel in fact goes… Rachel’s Mother has passed, and as someone who cared and lost parents to terminal illnesses, I could easily relate to Rachel and her pain and anguish. She feels disappointed that they life she had stayed still while everyone around her just moved on. She feels she missed so much, but she also feels guilty for feeling that way and just loved Rachel and her caring spirit. Even after her Mother’s passing. The other characters that were in Rachels life such as Sammy, her best friend and even Bonnie, “the other woman” who is marrying Matt were such a great addition. And of course I have to mention the seetting in Paris. Nash did such an amazing job capturing it, and makes me want to visit there even more than I already did. The ever present pain of the loss combined with the regrets and surfacing feelings she thought made for some emotional moments. There is a gorgeous photographer that catches her eye while all of this is going on. Loved Him! The ending was so what I was hoping for and no, I will not be giving anything away as to the “who” was part of the happy ending. This was such a wonderful story of love of family, love of a love lost. But also such an inspirational story of Rachel picking up the pieces of the life you were dealt and moving on to bigger and better things. I simply can’t recommend this enough.
  • Good start but...

    By BJeanne517
    Interesting setup-a family rents out their Long Island beach house every summer so they can afford to pay the mortgage the other 9 months of the year. The main character Ruthie is interesting and relatable and there is clever use of her teen daughters text messages to create tension. But the author also brings in a side story narrated by a much younger character named Doe that is more like a young adult novel within the main story-which is the authors previous genre. And the ending is the worst...The most likable character ends up the loser on all sides while the mostly awful male characters don’t suffer any consequences, and the only people she takes to task are the 2 friends who have done the most for her. Not the ending we want for a light summer read.
  • Perfect book for the beach!

    By GeeBee1951
    Was fortunate to receive an advance copy through BookishFirst and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are flawed which makes them very human and believable. The main character Ruthie is going through some tough times and makes some bad decisions but I still found myself rooting for her to straighten out her life. Touching, emotional and surprising. Highly recommend!