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After her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June of 1957, one young socialite begins to realize that her glamorous summer is giving her everything—except what she really wants—in this new novel from the author of Summer Darlings, “one terrific summer read” ​(Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Everleigh “Lee” Farrows think After her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June of 1957, one young socialite begins to realize that her glamorous summer is giving her everything—except what she really wants—in this new novel from the author of Summer Darlings, “one terrific summer read” ​(Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Everleigh “Lee” Farrows thinks she finally has life all figured out: a handsome fiancé named Roland, a trust in her name, and a house in Bronxville waiting for her to fill it with three adorable children. That is, until Roland brings her out to the Hamptons for a summer that will change everything. Most women could only dream of the engagement present Roland unexpectedly bestows on Lee—a beachside hotel on the prized Gin Lane—but Lee’s delight is clouded by unpleasant memories of another hotel, the Plaza, where she grew up in the shadow of her mother’s mental illness. Shaking off flashbacks, Lee resolves to dive into an unforgettable summer with poolside Bellinis, daily tennis matches, luncheons with her Manhattan circle, and her beloved camera in tow. But when tragedy strikes on the hotel’s opening weekend, the cracks in Lee’s picture-perfect future slowly begin to reveal themselves, and Lee must look deep within herself to determine if the life she’s always wanted will ever truly be enough. From the regal inns to the farmland, the well-heeled New Yorkers to the Bohemian artists, the East End of Long Island is a hodge-podge of the changing American landscape in the late 1950s—and the perfect place for Lee to discover who she really is.


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After her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June of 1957, one young socialite begins to realize that her glamorous summer is giving her everything—except what she really wants—in this new novel from the author of Summer Darlings, “one terrific summer read” ​(Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Everleigh “Lee” Farrows think After her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June of 1957, one young socialite begins to realize that her glamorous summer is giving her everything—except what she really wants—in this new novel from the author of Summer Darlings, “one terrific summer read” ​(Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Everleigh “Lee” Farrows thinks she finally has life all figured out: a handsome fiancé named Roland, a trust in her name, and a house in Bronxville waiting for her to fill it with three adorable children. That is, until Roland brings her out to the Hamptons for a summer that will change everything. Most women could only dream of the engagement present Roland unexpectedly bestows on Lee—a beachside hotel on the prized Gin Lane—but Lee’s delight is clouded by unpleasant memories of another hotel, the Plaza, where she grew up in the shadow of her mother’s mental illness. Shaking off flashbacks, Lee resolves to dive into an unforgettable summer with poolside Bellinis, daily tennis matches, luncheons with her Manhattan circle, and her beloved camera in tow. But when tragedy strikes on the hotel’s opening weekend, the cracks in Lee’s picture-perfect future slowly begin to reveal themselves, and Lee must look deep within herself to determine if the life she’s always wanted will ever truly be enough. From the regal inns to the farmland, the well-heeled New Yorkers to the Bohemian artists, the East End of Long Island is a hodge-podge of the changing American landscape in the late 1950s—and the perfect place for Lee to discover who she really is.

30 review for On Gin Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Everleigh Farrow grew up in the Plaza hotel in Manhattan and she was raised by her nanny as her mother suffers from a mental illness. After one broken engagement it would make her mother very happy if twenty three year old Lee found the perfect man, settled down and started a family. Lee meets Roland Whittaker, he’s handsome, charming and after a whirlwind courtship they become engaged. Lee has a trust fund in her name, the couple have set a date for the wedding and their house in Bronxville is b Everleigh Farrow grew up in the Plaza hotel in Manhattan and she was raised by her nanny as her mother suffers from a mental illness. After one broken engagement it would make her mother very happy if twenty three year old Lee found the perfect man, settled down and started a family. Lee meets Roland Whittaker, he’s handsome, charming and after a whirlwind courtship they become engaged. Lee has a trust fund in her name, the couple have set a date for the wedding and their house in Bronxville is being renovated. Roland picks Lee up to take her for a drive, she has no idea he’s planning a big surprise and she will be spending the summer with him at The Hamptons. When they arrive, Roland’s gift to his bride to be is a brand new hotel he has built on Gin Lane and Lee pretends she’s excited. The last place she wants to live in is a hotel, she spent her whole childhood in one and it brings back unhappy memories. Lee doesn’t want to disappoint Roland, her summer will be spent drinking cocktails by the pool, mixing with the in crowd from Manhattan and enduring the endless boring social engagements. The opening of the hotel is a complete disaster, it leaves Lee questioning what went wrong and was she in any way to blame? While Roland sorts out the aftermath of the fire, Lee tries to make the best of the situation, Roland is always busy and preoccupied and at times he seems like a different man to the person she fell in love with. Lee has an interest in photography, in town she meets Starling Meade a famous photographer and the owner of Juniper Gallery. Lee discovers what makes her happy, she feels comfortable with Starling’s arty friends and she starts to question what she wants out of life and is it marrying Roland? It’s a fascinating story set in 1950’s America, for the first time in her life Lee has freedom, doing what she wants, taking and developing photo's. Lee knows how much her mother is looking forward to the wedding, she doesn't want her to have a relapse and she’s having serious doubts about marrying Roland. Lee is concerned about his character, she’s never met any of his family, he dodges questions and she wonders if he’s being honest with her? I received a copy of On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster from Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading every single page, it’s about Lee listening to her inner voice, doing what's right for her, a coming for age story and five stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/KarrenReadsH...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maren’s Reads

    Read if you like: ✵ Novels set in the 1950s ✵ Reading about the Hamptons ✵ Historical fiction with an air of mystery ✵ Stories about finding oneself 3.5★ rounded up for Goodreads Summary: Young New York socialite Everleigh “Lee” Farrows feels she is on the verge of having it all, a fiancé soon to be her husband, a secure financial future, and a lavish summer spent in South Hampton among the elite. But after a tragedy all but destroys what she had envisioned, Lee becomes more determined than ever to Read if you like: ✵ Novels set in the 1950s ✵ Reading about the Hamptons ✵ Historical fiction with an air of mystery ✵ Stories about finding oneself 3.5★ rounded up for Goodreads Summary: Young New York socialite Everleigh “Lee” Farrows feels she is on the verge of having it all, a fiancé soon to be her husband, a secure financial future, and a lavish summer spent in South Hampton among the elite. But after a tragedy all but destroys what she had envisioned, Lee becomes more determined than ever to find her own place in the world. Thoughts: I have very mixed feelings on this one. There are some aspects of it that I absolutely loved and wanted more of, and others I found myself struggling with. Having grown up spending every summer weekend on Hampton Bays with many visits into Southampton, I loved reading about the social scene of the affluent in that time period. The author does a phenomenal job at recreating this glitzy and glamorous world. And generally I really enjoy reading stories set in the late 1950s/early 1960s when women are just beginning to challenge the role they’ve been given in the male dominated culture and the women’s movement is at it’s precipice. I loved seeing Lee push against the expectations of her world, and fully realize what it is she wanted for herself and her future. And her friendship with Curtis, and his unyielding support became a true bright spot in the book, along with Starling, who shone in her own right. My criticism comes with having to read half of the book to start feeling invested in these characters. From about a quarter of the way in until two-thirds in, the book both dragged for me and also felt very repetitive with some aspects unnecessarily explained multiple times. I think for some, this book will be a favorite, and if you like historical fiction of this time frame, especially focusing on the socialites of New York, I would definitely recommend it. But for others, they may dislike the slow build and repetitiveness enough to put it down and not continue. I have fallen right in the middle, and I am okay with that. Thank you to Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster for the physical ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Jenner

    ON GIN LANE first seduces with everything readers want in a sun-drenched tale: glamorous and colorful characters, evocative settings, and enough secrets to topple a town. But as our heroine battles a suspicious fire, fiancé and social circle, author Foster slyly starts adding all the heady thrills of a modern-day REBECCA to the intoxicating mix. An un-put-downable, irresistible summer read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    On Gin Lane begins as a languid, sensual glimpse into the lives of women in the late 1950’s until a shocking event – and the ensuing investigation – ratchets up the tension. The book is at once a page-turner that kept me reading into the night, and a reminder of the importance of carving out a place for ourselves whether it is by creating art or finding where we belong. This book gave me a lot to think about. It is amazing to think about how restricted women's lives were. I especially loved the On Gin Lane begins as a languid, sensual glimpse into the lives of women in the late 1950’s until a shocking event – and the ensuing investigation – ratchets up the tension. The book is at once a page-turner that kept me reading into the night, and a reminder of the importance of carving out a place for ourselves whether it is by creating art or finding where we belong. This book gave me a lot to think about. It is amazing to think about how restricted women's lives were. I especially loved the opening scenes of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Travel back to 1957, a time period when the definition of a successful woman was based on her marrying right and having children. Socialite Everleigh “Lee” Farrows is twenty-three years old. While born into a life of wealth, she grew up having to endure periods of separation from her mother, who suffers from mental illness, and was essentially raised by a nanny in New York City’s The Plaza Hotel. Having had one broken engagement, time was running out to find a suitable husband. She seemed to hav Travel back to 1957, a time period when the definition of a successful woman was based on her marrying right and having children. Socialite Everleigh “Lee” Farrows is twenty-three years old. While born into a life of wealth, she grew up having to endure periods of separation from her mother, who suffers from mental illness, and was essentially raised by a nanny in New York City’s The Plaza Hotel. Having had one broken engagement, time was running out to find a suitable husband. She seemed to have found the right one in Roland Whittaker, also from a wealthy family. As the couple is preparing for their wedding, Roland surprises Lee with his new venture: The Everleigh Beach Club Hotel. He has built a luxury hotel on family land in Southampton, New York. Initially horrified by the prospect of having to once-again spend an extended period of time living in a hotel, Lee pretends to be excited. But what truly excites Lee is her love of photography. When the hotel is destroyed by fire, will this tragedy give Lee the chance to reevaluate her life? Exposure to a colony of Bohemian artists in East Hampton, including a noted female photographer, shows her new possibilities as officials investigate the suspicious fire. Having enjoyed author Brooke Lea Foster’s debut Summer Darlings, set in Martha’s Vineyard, I was happy to return to the past in her new book On Gin Lane. She has captured the time period and the world of the wealthy and privileged. I enjoyed the character of Lee, a creative young woman yearning to escape the country club life she was brought up in, while everyone she knows, and loves is telling her to stay on course. This is just the type of beach read I enjoy. Many thanks to Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster for providing an advance copy of this appealing book about self-discovery. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    ON GIN LANE by Brooke Lea Foster Gallery Books Pub Date: May 31 On Gin Lane grabbed me from page one, as socialite Lee is taken by her fiancé Roland to glamorous Southampton in the summer of 1957. Lee has everything she could want: Her handsome intended, a trust fund in her name, his gift to her of a beachfront hotel on tony Gin Lane, and a home in Bronxville waiting for them to fill it with children. But when the unexpected happens during the hotel's opening, Lee's facade begins to crack, with flas ON GIN LANE by Brooke Lea Foster Gallery Books Pub Date: May 31 On Gin Lane grabbed me from page one, as socialite Lee is taken by her fiancé Roland to glamorous Southampton in the summer of 1957. Lee has everything she could want: Her handsome intended, a trust fund in her name, his gift to her of a beachfront hotel on tony Gin Lane, and a home in Bronxville waiting for them to fill it with children. But when the unexpected happens during the hotel's opening, Lee's facade begins to crack, with flashbacks to another time in another hotel: The Plaza, where she grew up amid her mother's mental illness. What will become of Lee's dreams now? This must-read historical novel offers captivating characters, an engaging and well-written storyline, a sensitive look at how mental illness was seen during the judgmental Fifties, and a young woman's brave coming of age. Highly recommended! Thanks to the author, Gallery Books, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. #OnGinLane #BrookeLeaFoster #GalleryBooks #NetGalley #Southampton1957 #socialitecomesofage #mentalillness #historicalfictionnovel #womensfiction #bookstagramcommunity

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    3.5 Stars I'm not quite sure how I would describe this book - as women's fiction? A coming-of-age novel? A mystery? Or all of the above? This book has a bit of it all, about the only thing lacking is a murder! As I was reading, I kept forgetting that this book was set in 1957. I was getting so frustrated with Lee's, well, shall we say, naivete. How she allowed everyone to walk all over her. Then it would dawn on me that it was '57, and they were upper-class, which would pull me back into the stor 3.5 Stars I'm not quite sure how I would describe this book - as women's fiction? A coming-of-age novel? A mystery? Or all of the above? This book has a bit of it all, about the only thing lacking is a murder! As I was reading, I kept forgetting that this book was set in 1957. I was getting so frustrated with Lee's, well, shall we say, naivete. How she allowed everyone to walk all over her. Then it would dawn on me that it was '57, and they were upper-class, which would pull me back into the story. It is difficult for me to gush about this book since all of the characters (at least all the main ones and most of the secondary and tertiary ones, too) were quite unlikeable and unrelatable. There is plenty of mystery for those looking for such and just a dab of horror. I might have liked this book better had it been about 100 pages shorter or the writing a bit more concise; less introspection/inner angst. A worthy book for those who like seeing the wealthier (but non-famous people) side of the mid-last century, with a hint of the upcoming hippy era thrown in for good measure. *ARC supplied by the publisher Simon & Schuster, the author, and ATTL/Edelweiss.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Everleigh is on track to the life she is expected to have. College educated and beautiful, Lee grew up in the Plaza, her wealthy parents’ happiness shattered by her mother’s mental illness. She finds her bliss as an amateur photographer. She has already gone through one fiancé’ when she meets the man who, she hopes, is a perfect match for her, a man who will please her parents. He is handsome and charming, the son of a Detroit automaker family. Lee accepts Roland’s proposal, allowing him sexual a Everleigh is on track to the life she is expected to have. College educated and beautiful, Lee grew up in the Plaza, her wealthy parents’ happiness shattered by her mother’s mental illness. She finds her bliss as an amateur photographer. She has already gone through one fiancé’ when she meets the man who, she hopes, is a perfect match for her, a man who will please her parents. He is handsome and charming, the son of a Detroit automaker family. Lee accepts Roland’s proposal, allowing him sexual access, and is planning their wedding when he announces he has turned the Long Island family vacation home he inherited into a hotel. It’s not Lee’s dream life, but she rallies from her disappointment to support him. The night after the hotel’s grand opening party, the rich and famous in attendance, the hotel burns down. Over the summer of 1957, Lee struggles with the heavy burden of female acquiescence to a man’s control. The country club life bores her. Lee becomes a galley assistant to a female photographer from the artist colony, hoping to hone her skill with the camera. Roland is occupied with rebuilding the hotel, using Lee’s trust fund money and taking on partners. The police investigates the fire, sure it is arson. Could the fire have been set by one of their friends, an old enemy, a hotel staff member, or one of Roland’s past flames? As Lee reassesses her friendships and her husband’s new associates, she discovers that Roland is not the man she thought he was. Still determined to go through with her marriage, even as Roland begins to spiral away from her, she also must contend with the attraction that is emerging between her and the local doctor–who also races cars. On Gin Lane is a great summer read, well written, with interesting characters, a compelling plot line with a mystery and a twist, and a happy resolution. The development of Lee’s independence will resonate with contemporary readers. But what I enjoyed most of all was Lee’s development as an artist. Art isn’t something you do. It’s something you are. from On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster Lee longs for a life with meaning. Her best friend is content to marry and have children and spend summers at the beach. Lee has been drawn to photography all her life. When she learns that the legendary female photographer Starling Meade is at the local artist colony, she turns up at her door to meet her. Starling has the life that Lee secretly wants to have. To be an artist, a woman must be willing to give up everything. Starling lost her husband and daughter to pursue her art. When Lee takes a job with Starling at her gallery, preparing for Starling’s show, she meets with rejection from Roland, and apparently her parents. “Creation could feel like an obsession,” Lee thinks, and she knows she will be forced to chose between Roland and her art. Readers of historical fiction and women’s fiction will enjoy this novel. The historic New York setting, city and in Montauk, is exotic and exciting. And, readers with an interest in women in the arts will appreciate this story. I received an ARC from Book Club Favorites at Simon & Schuster. My review is fair and unbiased.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    What a solid historical beach read! I really enjoyed it. What I like about Foster's novels is the fact that she includes a mystery. I adored the Hamptons setting, the time period, and the mystery kept me flipping the pages. I was also rooting for Everleigh to find her place and gain the courage and the confidence to live the live she wants, not the life her parents want for her, etc. If you like historical beach reads, this one shouldn't be missed! Full review to come. What a solid historical beach read! I really enjoyed it. What I like about Foster's novels is the fact that she includes a mystery. I adored the Hamptons setting, the time period, and the mystery kept me flipping the pages. I was also rooting for Everleigh to find her place and gain the courage and the confidence to live the live she wants, not the life her parents want for her, etc. If you like historical beach reads, this one shouldn't be missed! Full review to come.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea (Chicagobooklover)

    If you love a good historical fiction novel, this is the one you will want to pick up as a perfect summer read! Set in the 1950’s, we follow Everleigh “Lee” Farrows, a New York socialite who is taken by her fiancé, Roland, to glamorous Southampton and into a hotel that he had built for her. On opening weekend of the hotel tragedy strikes and Lee’s summer will never be the same. I appreciate how this book offers a glimpse into the high society lifestyle of the 1950’s. Women in Lee’s position are If you love a good historical fiction novel, this is the one you will want to pick up as a perfect summer read! Set in the 1950’s, we follow Everleigh “Lee” Farrows, a New York socialite who is taken by her fiancé, Roland, to glamorous Southampton and into a hotel that he had built for her. On opening weekend of the hotel tragedy strikes and Lee’s summer will never be the same. I appreciate how this book offers a glimpse into the high society lifestyle of the 1950’s. Women in Lee’s position are given very little freedom to make choices and are expected to support their husbands without question. What we find with Everleigh though is a journey of self-discovery and what it means to follow her passions despite what society expects. I found the characters developed and engaging and there was a mystery element woven into the story that made it all the more entertaining.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dive Into A Good Book

    Have you ever dreamed of being so rich that you could live off your trust fund and be perfectly content the rest of your life? Your biggest worries are which gown should I wear tonight, which country club should I be seen at, are my friends of the right caliber. On Gin Lane will transport you back in time to 1957. When the Hamptons were just being discovered by the rich and famous. The descriptions and the details will leave you flipping through photographs in your mind. All the glitz, glamour, Have you ever dreamed of being so rich that you could live off your trust fund and be perfectly content the rest of your life? Your biggest worries are which gown should I wear tonight, which country club should I be seen at, are my friends of the right caliber. On Gin Lane will transport you back in time to 1957. When the Hamptons were just being discovered by the rich and famous. The descriptions and the details will leave you flipping through photographs in your mind. All the glitz, glamour, booze, and money you could possibly dream of. All within your fingertips. Is it just the endless amounts of money that makes you happy? Or does the money trap you within these richly decorated homes? Everleigh grew up in The Plaza Hotel. It was her playground, the staff looked out for her, helped her with her homework, contacted her parents when she stepped out of line. She is expected to meet the right man, a man of wealth, and continue along this path. The one fear that grips Everleigh is her mother has great bouts of depression. It is always in the back of her mind that she too could end up like her mother. At the age of 23, Everleigh has finally found the man for her. After her last finance left her, declaring her mind unfit. Roland is a man of integrity, and his family has loads of money. On a weekend getaway to the Hamptons he surprises her with a hotel that he has built and named after her. Everleigh has flashbacks growing up at The Plaza. Does she want this life? The first weekend the hotel is open, tragedy strikes. Leaving the hotel in ash and Roland and Everleigh living in a small cottage. She needs to decide if the life she is living is the one she genuinely wants. This book is fantastic! I loved being swept up in the life of a socialite. Let's be honest, who doesn't dream of having endless amounts of money, living right on the ocean, having few cares in the world. It sounds like my dream life. Until you start to gently pull back the layers and find that it is not all fun and games. Thank you to Brooke Lea Foster, Gallery Books, and NetGalley for sharing this fascinating book with me. I am off to add Summer Darlings to my Wishlist!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Set over the course of summer 1957, this is very much a tale of a woman who finds she's more than she-and others- thought. Lee's fiance dumped her in a shaming way but she's found love again with Roland, a dashing entrepeneur. She's shocked, however, when they go away to Southampton for a weekend and he presents her with a hotel he's built and named for her! And then, the hotel burns down. Who set the fire? Was it Alice, the woman who has a grudge against Roland for something he did with or to h Set over the course of summer 1957, this is very much a tale of a woman who finds she's more than she-and others- thought. Lee's fiance dumped her in a shaming way but she's found love again with Roland, a dashing entrepeneur. She's shocked, however, when they go away to Southampton for a weekend and he presents her with a hotel he's built and named for her! And then, the hotel burns down. Who set the fire? Was it Alice, the woman who has a grudge against Roland for something he did with or to her sister? Or Stevie, Roland's partner? Or Roland himself? The two of them hunker down in the caretaker's house and Lee, who has never done anything for herself, finds she's cooking and cleaning while periodically going to the club and to luncheons-but she's not happy. And then she discovers an artist colony and introduces herself to Starling, a photographer, who gives her a job helping set up an exhibit. Lee's photography becomes more important even as things spin out with Roland, who she's funding from her trust fund. I almost gave up on this early on because Lee was just too something for me but kept reading and was glad that I did. Foster spins out her story with a growing sense of doom (although honestly I don't understand why Lee didn't pack up and go early on or why others in the area weren't more scandalized-given the time period- by the fact that they were living together before their wedding). Lee's lucky to have a friend in Whitney and in Starling, both of whom provide more support than they realize. Thanks to Edelweisss for the ARC. It's a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Callie (readitlikerory) Coker

    I really enjoyed Brooke Lea Foster's first book, SUMMER DARLINGS, and I was excited to read her newest novel set in the 1950s Hamptons (one of my dream destinations). A few things up front: this cover is stunning and quintessential summer in my opinion; I love the dialogue in this book; any Marilyn Monroe appearance is appreciated. This book is the perfect historical fiction to put in your beach bag and head to the sandy shores of the ocean, salty air through your hair as you move from the beach I really enjoyed Brooke Lea Foster's first book, SUMMER DARLINGS, and I was excited to read her newest novel set in the 1950s Hamptons (one of my dream destinations). A few things up front: this cover is stunning and quintessential summer in my opinion; I love the dialogue in this book; any Marilyn Monroe appearance is appreciated. This book is the perfect historical fiction to put in your beach bag and head to the sandy shores of the ocean, salty air through your hair as you move from the beach to dinner on a patio, champagne flute in hand. This story wasn't exactly what I expected, which actually made for a pleasant reading experience because I was surprised. It has a bit more of a mystery element than I anticipated and I enjoyed Everleigh's character development. It felt like an elevated Agatha Christie novel in terms of the plot but told through a modern lens. Thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend the novel to historical fiction readers looking for the perfect summer read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    An effervescent, nostalgic look at The Hamptons in the '50's. Centers mainly on solving the mystery around a fire. And of a young woman trying to find her way in life. Not too heavy handed in the tired "I want to be more and feel held back by men" vein, so that is good. A couple of fun celebrity character cameos. It bothers me that there that the cover art shows a blonde, when our main character Everleigh (love that name!) is a brunette. Overall, a good summer read, with happy endings for most. An effervescent, nostalgic look at The Hamptons in the '50's. Centers mainly on solving the mystery around a fire. And of a young woman trying to find her way in life. Not too heavy handed in the tired "I want to be more and feel held back by men" vein, so that is good. A couple of fun celebrity character cameos. It bothers me that there that the cover art shows a blonde, when our main character Everleigh (love that name!) is a brunette. Overall, a good summer read, with happy endings for most.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heaven Protsman

    On Gin Lane is set to release in May of 2022. Everleigh is a rich girl from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She is set to marry Roland, who whisks her away to Southampton for the summer of 1957. Roland gives her a beach hotel and promises a summer of sipping Bellinis on the beach with no worries in the world. That is, until the hotel mysteriously burns down... Throughout the summer, Everleigh discovers more about herself. She becomes more sure of what she actually wants and less sure that her f On Gin Lane is set to release in May of 2022. Everleigh is a rich girl from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She is set to marry Roland, who whisks her away to Southampton for the summer of 1957. Roland gives her a beach hotel and promises a summer of sipping Bellinis on the beach with no worries in the world. That is, until the hotel mysteriously burns down... Throughout the summer, Everleigh discovers more about herself. She becomes more sure of what she actually wants and less sure that her future includes Roland. A story about a woman losing herself for a man, but discovering her true self and identity just in time. I did enjoy On Gin Lane, however it was a bit dull. I didn't care much for our main gal, and while a lot of little things happened throughout, they didn't really have a shock factor. Decent enough summer read, though. Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for the advanced copy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Who is looking forward to beach days? I was craving a fun summer read and decided to read On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster. This book is being released May 31st. I was lucky enough to read it early through @netgalley ! On Gin Lane is a historical fiction set in the summer of 1957. Lee is whisked away to the South Hampton for the summer by her new fiancé. They are set to get married in October and her fiancé, Roland, surprises her with the fact that he opened a hotel in honor of her for them to li Who is looking forward to beach days? I was craving a fun summer read and decided to read On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster. This book is being released May 31st. I was lucky enough to read it early through @netgalley ! On Gin Lane is a historical fiction set in the summer of 1957. Lee is whisked away to the South Hampton for the summer by her new fiancé. They are set to get married in October and her fiancé, Roland, surprises her with the fact that he opened a hotel in honor of her for them to live in during the summers. Lee doesn’t exactly love this idea after growing up in the Plaza. What should be a summer of glitz and glamour turns upside down when a tragic event occurs and sets her summer down a different life changing path. ❤️Review❤️ This is a summer novel that is a character driven story. There is a small mystery woven through the story, but it ultimately isn’t the big picture of the story. The plot is really only moved through character development. There were two side characters that Lee forms relationships with that really allowed her to become who she was meant to be. I really enjoyed reading those interactions. The author does a nice job of really making you feel like you are in the Hamptons in the 1950. There are a lot of references to famous people of the time period. This is truly the story of a woman really figuring out who she is and what she wants over the span of the summer. 4 Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Bookstagram #NewBookReleases #MayBooks #Books #2022Books #SummerBooks #Reading #NetGalley #BookReviews #BigBooks #ReadingToEscape

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster is a great historical fiction that brings the reader straight behind the scenes of Southampton in the 1950s. I just loved this! I truly enjoyed the author’s previous book, Summer Darlings, so I knew I had to read this gem. This was just as amazing! The 1950s is a decade that I am truly fascinated with. The fashion, art, culture, jazz…I just really have always been drawn to it. I love that this book takes place in 1957. Summer of the elite in Southampton, but the be On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster is a great historical fiction that brings the reader straight behind the scenes of Southampton in the 1950s. I just loved this! I truly enjoyed the author’s previous book, Summer Darlings, so I knew I had to read this gem. This was just as amazing! The 1950s is a decade that I am truly fascinated with. The fashion, art, culture, jazz…I just really have always been drawn to it. I love that this book takes place in 1957. Summer of the elite in Southampton, but the best part is that the author takes us into the darker, tarnished, and cracked aspects of society. It may seem as if it is all glitz, glamour, sparkles, and ease…but for some it is anything but. I loved reading more about Everleigh’s (Lee) awakening. At first it seems as if she is set up to believe and desire what is expected of her: a submissive, domestic piece of eye candy that will pop out several cardigan-wearing children…but Lee has a complicated past, and as the layers are peeled away, a complicated present. External and internal events occur that puts her entire life, viewpoints, and hidden internal hopes and desires all up into the air. Will Lee be able to answer these questions, escape the gravitational pull that has already been started, escape, and find herself and the future which she truly deserves and desires in the process? I absolutely loved finding out. I loved the plot, the wrenches thrown in, the twists, the mystery and suspense, and I LOVED the ending. Just perfect! Another home run for Ms. Foster. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Gallery Books for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 5/31/22.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vesna Dan

    Thank you so much to @gallerybooks @simonschuster #BookClubFavorites for this copy to read and review. All opinions are my own. On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster, publishes 6/7/22 Set in 1957 on the shores of Southampton during the summer we are taken on a ride watching the glamourous life of socialites and the rich as they enjoy their riches, often times in excess on all accounts. We follow young Everleigh Farrows as she has landed a second chance at being a fiance to Roland who is supposed to b Thank you so much to @gallerybooks @simonschuster #BookClubFavorites for this copy to read and review. All opinions are my own. On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster, publishes 6/7/22 Set in 1957 on the shores of Southampton during the summer we are taken on a ride watching the glamourous life of socialites and the rich as they enjoy their riches, often times in excess on all accounts. We follow young Everleigh Farrows as she has landed a second chance at being a fiance to Roland who is supposed to be her path to the lifestyle she was groomed for. A mother, an obedient wife, a woman who tends to every need of her husband, in a social circle of wealth, among the other wives who summer here in lush beachfront mansions, exclusive country clubs and parties that have an excess of everything from dresses, to food, to alcohol, to keeping up appearances. For the first time "Lee" is in a place where she tries to figure out what she really wants and who she is. A tragedy unfolds that starts the chain of events that are slowly brought up in the chapters as to who her husband to be really is, who his strange friend is, what secrets lie beneath the rubble. Lee tries to uncover truths that end up changing the course of her life. Is she bound by duty to her family, to fiance, to society, because of her wealth? What if that money is no longer there? What shall she do? Lee finds courage to go after what her biggest question is, who is she and what will she do to have the life she truly desires? Her time in an artist colony, discovering her love of photography, brings her closer to these answers, and many surprises about what it means to be a daughter, a woman in the late 50's that doesn't quite fit societal norms, courage to say no and start living life on her own terms. I enjoyed the lush descriptions of the mansions, parties, the wealthy social circles, and the setting in the Hamptons. What I struggled with was the slow moving story line and the very dislikeable characters. No amount of money can help you if you are not a decent and honest person, and the plot line of this book definitely brought home this point. Overall an ok read for those wanting to escape to the Hamptons during this glamourous era.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    It’s 1956 and Everleigh “Lee” Farrows knows exactly what she should do. Marry well, have children and entertain in her social circle. She also knows exactly what she wants to do. Study photography, take pictures and have them published. These conflicting choices are resolved over the course of one summer in the Hamptons. At 23, Lee already has one broken engagement. Most eligible young men are already married and her parents are getting desperate. When a chance meeting with Roland Whittaker turns It’s 1956 and Everleigh “Lee” Farrows knows exactly what she should do. Marry well, have children and entertain in her social circle. She also knows exactly what she wants to do. Study photography, take pictures and have them published. These conflicting choices are resolved over the course of one summer in the Hamptons. At 23, Lee already has one broken engagement. Most eligible young men are already married and her parents are getting desperate. When a chance meeting with Roland Whittaker turns into an engagement, she thinks her dreams have come true. Not all dreams are good ones, she learns after Roland surprises her with an unusual engagement gift. He’s built a luxury hotel in the Hamptons and expects her to move in. For many reasons, this doesn’t happen and Lee and Roland move into a small cottage where she practices homemaking skills, spends a lot of time alone and realizes that Roland may be more attracted to her trust fund than to her. On Gin Lane is a beautifully written story of a time in the past where women had assigned roles, work outside the home was rare and were expected to follow the wishes of their parents and then their husbands. Lee accepts this, then questions it and finally breaks out on her own. On her journey, she learns what she wants for herself. It’s a joy to read. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Brooke Lea Foster for this ARC.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna Lisa

    Lee is a well put together young lady from a wealthy but troubled family. She’s beginning her engagement with a surprise summer in the Hamptons as planned by her insistent fiancé, Roland, also from a prominent family. While discovering the ways to fulfill her new role as wife, Lee realizes she has much to learn about her own place in the world. Foster manages to use her words to transport you directly to the Hamptons in the 50s. You can almost see the camera flashes at a swanky socialite party, Lee is a well put together young lady from a wealthy but troubled family. She’s beginning her engagement with a surprise summer in the Hamptons as planned by her insistent fiancé, Roland, also from a prominent family. While discovering the ways to fulfill her new role as wife, Lee realizes she has much to learn about her own place in the world. Foster manages to use her words to transport you directly to the Hamptons in the 50s. You can almost see the camera flashes at a swanky socialite party, taste the champagne and so on. Glitz, glamour and a world where women know what they want but expect to be silenced. I absolutely loved these multidimensional characters and watching Lee grow into who she is meant to be. I’m not sure what I expected On Gin Lane would be about but I was not prepared for the empowerment and the beautiful, supportive female relationships. What a timeless tale for every woman, this became!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cori

    This is a great summer book. I liked Everleigh's character and the supporting characters in the book. This is Historical Fiction and shows what was expected of women in the 1950's and how Everleigh struggles with her fiancé as he seems to become a bit unreliable and how she spends her summer in Southampton rather than in NYC where she has lived a privileged life. (So much so that she didn't know how to cook eggs!). I felt like I was on the east coast for the summer too! Thank you to Book Club Fav This is a great summer book. I liked Everleigh's character and the supporting characters in the book. This is Historical Fiction and shows what was expected of women in the 1950's and how Everleigh struggles with her fiancé as he seems to become a bit unreliable and how she spends her summer in Southampton rather than in NYC where she has lived a privileged life. (So much so that she didn't know how to cook eggs!). I felt like I was on the east coast for the summer too! Thank you to Book Club Favorites and Simon and Schuster publishing (Gallery Books) for my copy of this book! This one is out May 31st 2022.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Schales

    I really enjoyed this book! I do love historical fiction novels. I love to read about a time and place past. I enjoy reading about how people lived, what they wore, hearing how they spoke. On Gin Lane followed Everleigh, engaged to Roland, through a summer at the beach before their wedding. They were part of New York society and all that that entailed. There is a fire, an investigation, a scandal, mystery, intrigue, and romance. It delves into what was expected of women versus what they actually I really enjoyed this book! I do love historical fiction novels. I love to read about a time and place past. I enjoy reading about how people lived, what they wore, hearing how they spoke. On Gin Lane followed Everleigh, engaged to Roland, through a summer at the beach before their wedding. They were part of New York society and all that that entailed. There is a fire, an investigation, a scandal, mystery, intrigue, and romance. It delves into what was expected of women versus what they actually wanted.. and did it even matter?? Everleigh does some deep diving into her life, into herself, and into what makes her happy. Great story, great writing, and very satisfying.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster. Thanks to @booksparks and @gallerybooks for the gifted copy #src2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read this on the beach and while I was in South Carolina, not Long Island, I felt it really added to the ambiance. I mean.. look at that cover! It took some time to get moving through this book and the pacing was slow for me, but the ambiance really lead me along. I really liked the setting and time and how that affected the story. “Of all the pictures she would capture in this glitte On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster. Thanks to @booksparks and @gallerybooks for the gifted copy #src2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read this on the beach and while I was in South Carolina, not Long Island, I felt it really added to the ambiance. I mean.. look at that cover! It took some time to get moving through this book and the pacing was slow for me, but the ambiance really lead me along. I really liked the setting and time and how that affected the story. “Of all the pictures she would capture in this glittery light. Because she realized then how lucky she was to be young, in love and on the beach in summer.” On Gin Lane is available now.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    On Gin Lane was an interesting book. Set in the fifties in the glamorous circles of the rich, it takes place one summer in Southampton. The area was on the cusp of transitioning from 'old money' families who had spent their summers there, to outsiders coming in to develop. The main story revolves around debutante Everleigh, and fiance Roland. Though there is romance, there are a lot of questions concerning a woman's role as wife , friend and daughter. Everleigh herself is on the cusp of trying t On Gin Lane was an interesting book. Set in the fifties in the glamorous circles of the rich, it takes place one summer in Southampton. The area was on the cusp of transitioning from 'old money' families who had spent their summers there, to outsiders coming in to develop. The main story revolves around debutante Everleigh, and fiance Roland. Though there is romance, there are a lot of questions concerning a woman's role as wife , friend and daughter. Everleigh herself is on the cusp of trying to decide what she truly wants out of life, and if she can break out of the expectations of family and friends, to figure out what will bring her happiness. With a mystery involved, I got so it was hard to put down. I will be reading her prev book, Summer Darlings, and definitely recommend this one!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Enjoyed this one. Story about the wealthy back in the 1957's. Some staying in the SouthHampton' s from New York.How different the women were expected to be and act back then.Story deals with Everleigh and her fiance who is going to build an Everleigh Beach Club Hotel. A few twists and turns along the way. Nice summer read. Enjoyed this one. Story about the wealthy back in the 1957's. Some staying in the SouthHampton' s from New York.How different the women were expected to be and act back then.Story deals with Everleigh and her fiance who is going to build an Everleigh Beach Club Hotel. A few twists and turns along the way. Nice summer read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Iva

    I loved watching Everleigh grow as a person throughout the book and figure out what she wants in her life. I imagine trying to be an independent woman in the 1950s was not an easy task. A fun and captivating summer read for sure!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tam📖

    5 stars for cover, 3 stars for the story. For me, it did not really come together until late. Too little too late. I had high expectations because I loved the cover so much.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This books makes me appreciate the freedoms that women have now but weren’t available to previous generations

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie | stephonashelf

    3.75🌟 Summer in the Hampton’s in the 50s! I love reading about socialites and the super rich, especially in a historical fiction lens. I think this will be a book that so many will love! The setting is perfect with a slight mystery after tragedy strikes a new hotel in the Hampton’s. The author highlighted women in the 50s and how they were restricted in so many ways. I love how the main character tries to break away from the expectations placed upon her to create her own path. This book had all t 3.75🌟 Summer in the Hampton’s in the 50s! I love reading about socialites and the super rich, especially in a historical fiction lens. I think this will be a book that so many will love! The setting is perfect with a slight mystery after tragedy strikes a new hotel in the Hampton’s. The author highlighted women in the 50s and how they were restricted in so many ways. I love how the main character tries to break away from the expectations placed upon her to create her own path. This book had all the glamour and glitz to make this a stand out book, but it fell just a little bit flat for me overall! Some parts were a bit repetitive, and I found myself dragging through the middle. I would still recommend for fans of historical fiction wanting a lighter summer read! Thank you BookSparks and Gallery Books for the #gifted copy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lee

    This is the second book I’ve read by Brooke Lea Foster and I just loved it! A wealthy young woman in 1950’s New York, newly engaged, moves to South Hampton for the summer. Her fiancé has opened a beach hotel named after her. Having grown up living in The Plaza Hotel in NYC, she is underwhelmed but puts on a good face. The night of the grand opening party, the hotel burns to the ground! The aftermath causes cracks in their idyllic lives and his past comes back to haunt them. Rich characters, some This is the second book I’ve read by Brooke Lea Foster and I just loved it! A wealthy young woman in 1950’s New York, newly engaged, moves to South Hampton for the summer. Her fiancé has opened a beach hotel named after her. Having grown up living in The Plaza Hotel in NYC, she is underwhelmed but puts on a good face. The night of the grand opening party, the hotel burns to the ground! The aftermath causes cracks in their idyllic lives and his past comes back to haunt them. Rich characters, some really unlikeable, drives this historic tale of a woman coming into her own and letting go of her parents and society’s expectations of how she should live her life. You can almost smell the sea salt feel the ocean breeze! This would be an awesome Netflix series!

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