For Violet Harcourt, 1940's Santa Cruz was no place of dreams. As long as the recently crowned Miss California lived in the beautiful beach town, she would live in fear. An impulsive journey to Hollywood and a screen test could save her life or it end it.
In 2007, Santa Cruz is the only place for Marisol Cruz. Her family's home for over 60 years, she grew up hearing the stories of her grandfather's famous boardwalk performances and loving the picturesque beach-side gazebo where her grandparents and others danced the nights away back in the day.
While selling raffle tickets for the Beach Boardwalk Centennial Celebration, Marisol runs across a picture and article about the tragic death of Violet so many years before. The sadness she sees in Violet's eyes and the accompanying story leads her to explore what may have led to the untimely death of the young woman. What Marisol finds will release a lifelong secret held by her adored grandfather, and change the lives of the people closest to her.
Boardwalk Summer by Meredeith Jaeger ($15.99*, William Morrow Paperbacks), recommended by Bookmiser, Inc., Roswell, GA.