Review: At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

A couple of years ago I read Jessica Brockmole’s debut novel, LETTERS FROM SKYE and it was one of my most favorite books! I loved it! So when her follow up novel AT THE EDGE OF SUMMER came out, I was eager to read it and see if it too had the same magic as her first novel.

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?

Brockmole has such a beautiful gift. Her writing and stories are so wonderfully written and moving. She constructs memorable characters and I love that letters play such a large role in her novels. Her ability to tell stories through letters is remarkable. I loved the second half of the novel the most because of that.

When I started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect because my expectations were so high based on her first novel and I didn’t want to be let down. Any reservations were quickly put to rest within a few chapters. I had to stop myself from reading this book in one sitting, because I easily could have!

The love between Luc and Clare was powerful and inspirational. Brockmole showed the readers how powerful love and be and what it’s capable of enduring. The emotion of the characters was powerful and will surly captivate readers. They were well drawn and memorable. This was a novel that stayed with me long after I was finished. The chemistry between Luc and Clare was palpable and engaging. I was wholly invested in their love story.

I can’t say enough good things about this one, I absolutely love war romances and WWI was such as tragic war and added so much drama and depth to this story. I haven’t read a truly powerful and captivating love story in a while and this book met every expectation and hope that I had for it. I loved it and hope that other readers will find the same passion and joy in this book as I did.

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole 

  • Kindle Edition, 336 pages Published May 17th 2016 by Ballantine Books

    ISBN 0345547896 (ISBN13: 9780345547897)
    Review copy provided by: Author/Publisher in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 5 out of 5

Genre: Romance, historical fiction, war romance

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

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