The Forgotten Summer

The Forgotten Summer

Book - 2016
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'Secrets ripen and fester over a long sweltering summer in France ... "
Publisher: [S.l.] : Michael Joseph Ltd, c2016
ISBN: 9780718183080
0718183088
Branch Call Number: FIC Drin

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Enjoyable and well written, but LONG as in 400+ pages and seemed to take forever to finish. The author obviously loves France, but in the lengthy chapters the reader gets a very full immersion of french culture, country side, birds, plants and then over again in the next chapter. If I was an artist, I think I could paint a beautiful picture from the descriptive words in the book.

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CecileSune
Jun 03, 2016

Jane and Luc have been married for several years. Jane is a shy translator from England, and Luc is a passionate French documentary filmmaker. They share their time between London and the South of France where Luc’s mother is running a wine estate. When he suddenly has an accident, Jane discovers that her husband had a few secrets of his own. Now she has to piece her life back together, while dealing with her very difficult mother-in-law, Clarisse, a Pied Noir who settled in France after the Algerian War of Independence.

I loved Carol Drinkwater’s Olive series where she wrote about her experience moving to France and buying an olive farm in Provence. So I was curious to read one of her books of fiction. In The Forgotten Summer, the author’s love of Provence shines through, as she writes beautiful descriptions of the South of France. However, these descriptions sometimes run a tad too long, and repetitions drag down the story.

The book deals with the Algerian War of Independence from France (1954-1962), a pivotal moment in French history. I found this part of the novel especially interesting, and I would have liked to know more about the Secret Armed Organization, a far-right movement that carried out bombings and assassinations in order to try to keep Algeria under French rule. Nevertheless, even though the book was uneven, I was genuinely interested in Jane’s fate, and the ending was satisfying. I must say though that I preferred Carol Drinkwater’s Olive series.

The Forgotten Summer was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.

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