At the Edge of Summer

At the Edge of Summer 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 pet is accustomed to his mother s

  • Title: At the Edge of Summer
  • Author: Jessica Brockmole
  • ISBN: 9780345547903
  • Page: 463
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 pet is accustomed to his mother s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic ch teau in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls Yet his maThe 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 pet is accustomed to his mother s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic ch 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 FlowersFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. The first 30% of this novel I would describe with one word, Enchanted. It was almost too sweet, but the location and the characters of Luc and Clare kept me reading. This is when one needs to have faith in an author whose previous book I loved. The whole book is written in a lighter tome but the subject matter goes much deeper. Of course there are this author's trademark letters, letters that let us see into the heart of these two characters. War and all its horrors, broken and wounded men, with [...]

    2. They were brought together in France in the summer of 1911 and their connection begins with art. It is through the friendship and relationships of their artist parents that Clare ,15 and Luc, 19, develop a relationship starting out as a beautiful friendship, growing into first love. Clare's father has died and her mother had abandoned them long ago . Madame Crepet goes to Scotland and takes Clare with her back to France. It's a tender, sweet love story, but having read the description, which gi [...]

    3. This was a sweet and tenderly told story of young love that survived a war and years of separation. Truly a beautifully written novel that speaks to the essence of what it means to love someone.

    4. *2.5 starsFirst, I have to say--I didn't like this as much as I did Jessica's first novel, Letters from Skye. I honestly didn't feel the spark or any chemistry between Luc and Clare. And because of this, at times I felt that the story dragged. The book was set-up into different parts--my favorite was part 2--that's when they were corresponding through letters. Jessica Brockmole has a way of telling a story through letters that I love. The book is slow paced and like I said, dragged at times. I l [...]

    5. I loved Jessica’s first novel, Letters from Skye. It was a remarkable and refreshing read. Well, Jessica did it again, coming up with another stunning and emotional piece of Historical Fiction. This follow-up effort is proof she is no one-trick pony; her writing is magic, drawing me in from the start, reading cover to cover with few breaks.When Luc and Clare meet, it is obvious their relationship will progress but this blossoming relationship, the joys and sorrows of the couple and that of the [...]

    6. I read Jessica Brockmole's contribution to the anthology Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War earlier this year, and her story, "Something Worth Landing For," was one of my favorites. Another story in the collection introduced me to Anna Coleman Ladd and her Paris studio for disfigured soldiers, so when I saw Jessica's new book featured the studio, I wanted to read it even more.The story begins in 1911 when fifteen-year-old Clare Ross is whisked away to a crumbling French chateau a [...]

    7. Ah, summer! Sometimes you need the perfect book to come along and take you through the hottest months. "At the Edge of Summer" is a good book for that. Featuring a love story between Luc and Clare set against the devastation of WWI, this was a good book to while away an afternoon. Told partially through letters between the characters, this is a historical fiction love story that had me by the heart.There is something about epistolary books that I absolutely love. For me, letters are one of the b [...]

    8. Ich verrate natürlich nichts, aber: Ich habe noch nie ein so perfektes Ende gelesen. Dieses ganze Buch war wundervoll, zart, aber dennoch auf eine sehr intime Weise spannend, es hat mir gefallen, wie die Charaktere miteinander umgingen und agierten und wie gut ausgearbeitet und lebendig sie waren. Mir gefielen die gezielten Landschaftsbeschreibungen, die nie zu viel der Geschichte einnahmen und doch alles zum Leben erweckten. Die Autorin hat einen ganz besonderen Schreibstil, der einerseits so [...]

    9. 3.5 stars - This is a coming of age story of young Luc and Clare and their journey through life.We first meet the young couple in the summer when they are nineteen and fifteen. As their story progresses, we see them go through a lot - death, growth, war and so on - over the next 8-9 years. We also have the part when they are writing to each other. This is certainly where Ms. Brockmole excels. She has a way of putting you right there with them through the letters.Overall, I liked the story, but f [...]

    10. 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.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 [...]

    11. Titel: In Zeiten des Krieges hilft nur der GlaubeAls Leserin, die gern historische Romane zu Zeiten des ersten und zweiten Weltkrieges schmökert, kam ich nicht umhin dieses Buch zu lesen, welches mir durch sein hübsches Cover und den ansprechenden Klappentext ins Auge stach.In der Geschichte geht es um Clare, die nach dem Tod ihres Vaters von der Familie Crepet aufgenommen wird. Hier lernt sie Luc kennen, den Sohn der Künstlerfamilie. Zusammen verbringen sie einen unbeschwerten Sommer, eh das [...]

    12. I loved this book so much!! It is an engrossing, beautiful story of love, friendship, war, and retribution. In the summer of 1911, Clare Ross's father passes away, and since her mother has been missing for a long time, she is whisked away from Scotland to France by her family's friends, the Crepets. Clare is 15, lonely, frightened, and confused, when she meets the Crepet's son, Luc, who is 19. Luc is a student at the university in Paris, a tennis player who aspires to be a teacher. That summer w [...]

    13. I've been in need of a good historical fiction book that immerses me in the characters' lives and sets me right in their world. This book fit the bill! "At the Edge of Summer" takes place primarily in France between 1911-1919. Young Clare Ross is sent to France from Scotland after her father dies. She lives with the Crepets who are deeply committed to their art. Luc, the young Crepet, takes Clare under his wing and a deep, lasting friendship (with hints of more) bursts up between them. They only [...]

    14. I am generally fairly stingy with my 5-star ratings the book has to rank among my favorites. But I simply loved this book! I very much enjoyed Letters from Skye, and when I saw another book by the same author, I had to read it.I don't even know how to describe this book. I love that it's more than just another romance; it's an actual story and the romance is just woven in as part of it. I like that it alternates between Clare's and Luc's points of view. I like that the characters aren't perfect. [...]

    15. What a beautiful, happy feeling novel! I picked this up because I absolutely adored Letters From Skye and needed another historical romance to make my heart happy. I loved everything about At the Edge of Summer. It was vibrant and sweet and the characters were lovable and familiar somehow. Though this is a novel of war, it is mostly a novel of love and of hope. Each character had their own internal battles, and the sense of hope throughout the novel was incredibly touching. Of course the romance [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this book. It is a touching story of a frightened young girl, the solace she finds for a brief while, and the boy she comes to love. All too soon, they are parted, he to enter WWI fighting for France, his homeland, and she to accompany her grandfather through many countries where he travels for a linguistic quest. The personalities of Clare and Luc are wonderful, and their story is beautiful, if heart-wrenching in parts.

    17. I seem to be reading so many books on WW both of them, but they make for fascinating reading as each individual story is so different and though the Wars are the background and the reason for the story, it is eventually stories of human lives changed, utterly transformed by the war. It is also strange that mostly it was because of the Wars that these stories actually came about.Clare is from Scotland and utterly bereft from the death of her father. Her grandfather is away in Ceylon, not contacta [...]

    18. Stop the laundry, stop the movie watching, stop whatever you are doing and pick up Jessica Brockmole’s latest book, At the Edge of Summer. I’ll admit it; I was thrilled to find out the author of my beloved Letters from Skye had a new book. I am rather stingy with five-star reviews, but Skye garnered that from me with no hesitation. And now with this lush, captivating story of Luc Crepet and Clare Ross and the healing power of love, Jessica has done it again. This profound and deeply touching [...]

    19. I'm very sad. The author of this book wrote one of my absolute favorite books - Letters from Skye, yet this book could not be more different than that. I mean, this book mostly consists of letters, so they both have that in common, but this book is so BORING! I got to 38% and I just could not force myself to read any more of it. The relationship between Clare and Luc in the beginning is so rushed. Then once the letters start, they just come across as so unnatural even when taking into considerat [...]

    20. 3.5 starsI first was exposed to Jessica Brockmole when I read a short story she wrote for the Fall of Poppies anthology. I enjoyed her story, so was excited to read her newest release, At the Edge of Summer. It is a historical fiction set mostly in Paris in pre, mid, & post WWI. A love between two artists is the backbone. Can their love survive all the challenges thrown in their path? Will they find ever find each other again? The main characters of Clare and Luc are both likable and well-dr [...]

    21. DEFINITELY 4.5, possibly even bumping up to 5yup, changed my mind. 5 stars!This book was heartbreakingly beautiful, full of joy and sorrow and art. The romance that blossoms is sweet and innocent and the entire time I wanted to smoosh their faces together ♥For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!

    22. This was another well-written historical fiction novel by the author. I enjoyed the relationship between Clare and Luc, & found it to be very "real" and not fake and fairytale-like.

    23. Weak. For some reason, could not stay engrossed. The ending was improbable in the extreme as were several coincidences plotted along the way. Other than the two romantic main figures, other characters are quite two-dimensional. The whole novel has a sketchy, hasty feeling to it. One does not expect a wartime novel to be shallow. This work should have been promoted as a YA or coming-of-age piece; much of the first half centers on their chidlhood and adolescent interaction.

    24. This is a lovely story of young love, separation, betrayal and retribution and a long, lost love found again. There is a lot of correspondence between the lovers which at times dragged on, but also a few interesting chapters where it told how masks were created for men who had facial disfigurements from the war.

    25. A quick, fun summer read. I liked the main characters and how it was written, but I do think she tied it up a little too nicely at the end. Still a fun book about WWI, which I knew very little about until reading this book.

    26. Summer is now in full swing, but there's no better time to read Jessica Brockmole's latest historical novel, AT THE EDGE OF SUMMER (Ballantine). Set in France during the years 1911 to 1919, it offers a poignant story of love and self-discovery amid the turmoil of war and explores the power of art to heal broken souls.With her artist mother, Maud, having abandoned the family four years earlier and her scholarly grandfather traveling the world in search of obscure dialects, fifteen year-old Clare [...]

    27. Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters gibt es niemanden mehr, der sich zu Hause in Schottland um die fünfzehnjährige Clare kümmern könnte. Darum wird sie nach Frankreich zu einer alten Freundin ihrer Mutter geschickt, wo sie sich zunächst völlig fehl am Platz fühlt, weil dort alles so fremd und anders ist - die Landschaft, die Sprache, das bohèmehafte Leben auf dem alten Château der Crépets, das an allen Ecken und Enden baufällig ist. Die Crépets sind beide Künstler, wie es auch Clares Mutter w [...]

    28. Das ist der erste Roman der Autorin, dass ich gelesen habe und ich finde ihn wirklich wunderbar.Besonders schön war die Erzählung über das Kennenlernen von Clare und Luc. Ich fand die Autorin hat es richtig romantisch erzählt und so konnte ich als Leser mit den beiden richtig toll mitfühlen. Ich fand es schön, wie Luc am Wochenende extra zu seiner Mutter gefahren ist, um Clare zu treffen, aber sich nicht so direkt was getraut hat zu sagen.Dann gibt es eine Art Mittelteil, den ich auch sehr [...]

    29. I didn't jump on the Letters from Skye bandwagon. Thus, I didn't realize that Jessica Brockmole was such an excellent writer until I read her short story Something Worth Landing For in Fall of Poppies. In that same anthology, I learned of the Red Cross clinic that made life-like masks for soldiers with destroyed faces. After reading those tales, I wanted to read this one. I've also ordered Letters from Skye because Ms. Brockmole is a master with romance and character banter. The connection she f [...]

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