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~FREE DOWNLOAD ♪ 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 warLuc 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 groundedYears 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 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 their 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 their families and the depth of these characters were such powerful draws Jessica also incorporates some of what I loved in her first book, gorgeously written letters during the time of war I absolutely loved this one, a few unpredictable actions impacted me and will have me thinking about them for some time 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. 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 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 love war stories but I think this book wasof the coming of age of Clare and Luc at this time One thing that bothered me, Clare and Luc spent a lot of time apart And I mean a lot So I think that s why I couldn t really feel the romance side of this novel I saw friendshipthan anything In that regards, it was sweet and they managed to keep each other going through difficult times I consider Jessica Brockmole a talented author and will look out for her next novel Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review 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 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 best ways to get your point across truthfully and with the most feeling possible The letters really allow the readers to get a really good understanding of the characters and what made them tick I loved the story between Luc and Clare It s very romantic seeing how they break apart and then are put back together again I thought the author did a great job of capturing how both of the main characters change and shift throughout the book Also, I loved the inclusion of the art of creating prostheses during WWI I had never really given much thought to what a person suffering some sort of war related disfigurement would do at that time We get to see the process of making masks to not only hide the disfigurement but to improve the morale of the soldiers Clare is one of the artists who is able to create these masks I love when I can learn something from the books that I am reading and this was certainly eye opening for me This is a good read with great writing I know Luc and Clare will be on my mind long after I finished the last page 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.The story begins in 1911 when fifteen year old Clare Ross is whisked away to a crumbling French chateau a 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.The story begins in 1911 when fifteen year old Clare Ross is whisked away to a crumbling French chateau after the death of her father The Crepets and the Rosses are longtime friends, though as Clare will learn, that relationship has not been without its troubles, and most of them are due to her mother, who abandoned Clare and her father years earlier Feeling lost and unloved, and assaulted by the colors and lifestyle so different than Scotland, she wonders if she ll ever find a place where she belongs But things start looking up when the Crepets son, Luc, comes home from school The two form a fast friendship and spend a summer exploring the countryside around them, exploring their artistic abilities since both come from a family of artists, this comes naturally and exploring the uncharted waters of first love But their idyllic summer cannot last as outside influences encroach, and eventually Clare s globe trotting grandfather arrives to take charge of his ward, and she leaves France, and Luc, behind.For a few years, they keep in touch via letters They each have vastly different experiences, but the one constant is that they can always turn to each other for comfort and understanding Clare has aunconventional upbringing, discovering who she is in one exotic location after another with a maturity and gravity born from her reserved childhood and her fear of becoming like her mother Luc puts his hopes and dreams on hold as war breaks out and he trades his studies for training, becoming a reluctant soldier forced to cope with the realities of killing and surviving in battle and beyond When Clare s letters stop coming, Luc realizes that he cannot rely on anyone but himself in the mess of what his life has become After suffering a devastating facial injury, the Luc that returns to Paris is unrecognizable both physically and in spirit.Meanwhile, Clare has not been unaffected by the war While in art school in Glasgow, she sees what s left of the soldiers who return home, and she begins to earn some acclaim with her drawings of these men, trying to impart some sense of what they ve been through and what the future still holds for them through her art When she receives an offer to assist other artists in Paris in designing masks for soldiers with facial deformities, she discovers a whole new level of the power of art to transform, heal, and inspire Though Luc and Clare have been worlds away and have lost touch with each other, they are never far from each other s thoughts, and whether the events that bring them back together are coincidence or destiny, Clare re enters his life at the moment he least wants to see her but also at the moment when he needs her the most.The writing in this book is simply stunning I earmarked at least a dozen passages that struck me as being brilliant The emotions of these characters leap off the page and become one with the reader s I fell in love with both of them and their summer together The descriptions are by turns lush and stark, reflecting the subject matter, yet always bringing it to life perfectly The only reason this book did not end up being a 5 star read for me is that I felt like the story lost some of what made it so amazing on the way to its conclusion I can t quite put my finger on why the latter portion of the book did not feel as poignant, but it may have something to do with the fact that it doesn t receive as much attention as everything that came before it There s a bit of an imbalance between how much time is spent on their summer together and the war years and on their reunion And I think anytime you separate your characters for a span as long as eight years, you have a little bitwork cut out for you in re establishing the magic of their connection The ending of this book tries to cram resolving personal issues for both leads with the resolution of their relationship at the same time and in only a handful of pages The ending is still satisfying, but it could have been so muchThis book is on the shorter side for historical fiction, coming in at under 350 pages, and I think perhaps a bitexploration of them coming back together as adults may have given the endingsubstance and resonance.But overall, At the Edge of Summer is a gorgeous book, beautifully written, profoundly observant of human nature and our ties to each other, and I highly recommend this for all fans of romantic historical fiction 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 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 for me, the couple had spent so much time apart that I didn t really think they had the everlasting love that they professed to It was supposedly based on one summer they spent together when they were quite young Not enough to build a lifetime of love on yes, I know it s supposed to be a love story , so that bothered me a bit Still, a good read, just not my favorite by the author Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review 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 to st 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 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.See my full review here 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 Goodreads description, 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 Goodreads description, which gives too much detail about the story, I knew what the war would bring when it reared its ugly head into the story Still , the beginning was lovely and I fell in love with the characters, with the beautiful French countryside and once again with Jessica Brockmole s lovely writing.There are alternating narratives Clare s and Luc s , but as in Letters from Skye, the letters that they exchange when they are separated by war and time , tell so much about the characters, their hopes and dreams and what is happening with them My favorite parts of the novel were the letters The author is a master at these epistolaries I especially enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the places her grandfather takes her when he comes for her Portugal, Spain, places in Africa It is through art that they are brought together once again art not just for the beautiful drawings that Clare creates but art with its healing properties So maybe it was predictable but I didn t care It s a wonderful story about art , about the creative process but mainly about friendship, love , hope and about finding one s something important Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine 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 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 will live in their memories forever, as they become friends and Luc teaches Clare to see the world through the eyes of an artist When Clare s grandfather comes to take her with him, their summer comes to an end, but they stay in touch for a while through letters Clare is discovering a new world with her grandfather in Portual, Africa, and other exotic locales, while Luc becomes a soldier just as WWI erupts in Europe Many years pass before they meet again Can Clare fix what is broken in Luc, just as Luc helped her when she was so lost that summer long ago The characters of Luc and Clare are so special, and as artists we see the world in a different light through them The settings of the book are spectacular the chateau in France, Clare s home and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, the streets of Paris, and even the fields of war As you follow Luc and Clare from that summer of 1911 through the years after the war, you will be taken on an emotional, thoughtful, heartfelt journey