At the Edge of Summer

At the Edge of Summer

A Novel

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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The acclaimed author of Letters from Skye returns with an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war.

Luc Cr#65533;pet is accustomed to his mother's bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic ch#65533;teau 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.

Praise for Jessica Brockmole's Letters From Skye

"A remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars [in which] the beauty of Scotland, the tragedy of war, the longings of the heart, and the struggles of a family torn apart by disloyalty are brilliantly drawn." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Tantalizing . . . sure to please readers who enjoyed other epistolary novels like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ." --Stratford Gazette

"An absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery." --Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker

"A sweeping and sweet (but not saccharine) love story." -- USA Today

"[A] dazzling little jewel." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A captivating love story that celebrates the power of hope." --Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780345547897
0345547896
Branch Call Number: BRO
Characteristics: 336 pages.

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lilypad_1
Jun 06, 2018

I liked the book, lots of historical facts, texture and insight into what life was like post WW-not a party for anyone. The female main character got to be something more than girlfriend and wife, led her own life, came into her own talents, learned to trust herself.

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 04, 2017

What I really find valuable in this writer's books is the amount of effort she puts into research to fill out the story-line. In this case it's the masks made for wounded servicemen at the end of WW1 - and if you google the subject you can find many photos of the incredible difference the artists made in designing and fitting these masks. It's incredible. Her research adds so much depth to her story-lines in each of her books and for me, that's what sets her apart.

samdog123 Oct 06, 2017

While I enjoyed Brockmole's 'Letters from Skye, I found that the characters in this book weren't very well-rounded and the plot seemed a bit old. Still, it was a light, entertaining read.

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todraudt
May 20, 2017

I adored this book and even after many months the thought of the masks keep returning. A wonderful read!

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trudat
Jun 29, 2016

A well-woven and enjoyable story, although it progresses a little slowly and reads a bit like a Lifetime movie at times. Overall an easy read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction/light romance.

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