Saturday, August 20, 2016

At the Edge of Summer

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. Devastated by her departure, Luc begins to write letters to Clare—and, even as she moves from Portugal to Africa and beyond, the memory of the summer they shared keeps her grounded.

Years later, in the wake of World War I, Clare, now an artist, returns to France to help create facial prostheses for wounded soldiers. One of the wary veterans who comes to the studio seems familiar, and as his mask takes shape beneath her fingers, she recognizes Luc. But is this soldier, made bitter by battle and betrayal, the same boy who once wrote her wistful letters from Paris? After war and so many years apart, can Clare and Luc recapture how they felt at the edge of that long-ago summer?

Bringing to life two unforgettable characters and the rich historical period they inhabit, Jessica Brockmole shows how love and forgiveness can redeem us.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House-Ballantine for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I read Letters from Skye by this author and loved it so very much. So, naturally when I saw this novel come available, I snapped it right up. 

To be honest, I'm not quite sure how to review this one. I know that my friends that have read it all have given it sweeping and lovely recommendations. There were parts of the novel that I loved so much, but there were also many parts that seemed to drag on and I kept losing interest. 

In the end, I never really got into the story or characters for some reason and was quite happy to turn the final page, even though the writing was solid. 


3 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Not for me, although many other readers seem to love it. 


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