Tuesday, May 17, 2016

At The Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

  • ISBN-10: 0345547896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345547897
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 17, 2016)


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.

I found At The Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole to be an interesting read. It is well written, somewhat slow paced but sweet, romantic and I enjoyed the alternating perspectives  from Clare and Luc, the two main characters. 

Unfortunately, this story didn't really engage me. I read it, thought it was okay but I didn't  feel passionate about it. The characters were worthy  but didn't seem to jump "off the page" for me.  The story just didn't move me and I'm not sure if it was the story or I just wasn't in the right space when reading it.  (I absolutely adored the cover though!)

2.5 Stars

As always, I recommend that anyone reading this post take the time to check out this book for yourself. Don't base your decision about this book solely from my review. At The Edge of Summer may just turn out to be to your liking!

Thank you to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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