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Montauk by Nicola Harrison is set at the very tip of Long Island during the summer of 1938. Beatrice Bordeaux has been left here at this up and coming resort by her husband, Harry. He wants her to use her to drum up business deals by befriending the wives of wealthy businessmen.
Beatrice feels removed from the other wives. She's from a working class family who has married up. She finds friendship instead with the townsfolk, including the woman who does the resort's laundry. She also finds herself falling in love with the lighthouse keeper.
While the blurb sets this book up as a historic romance, it's really a disaster novel. Montauk, despite it's historic setting, is in the vein of Condominium by John D. MacDonald (1977). Beatrice is like Barbara Messenger. She's there to survive, to see the storm wreak havoc on Montauk and the resort. She's there to watch people she's known, die.