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The Last Summer

D party When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert home from university and staying with his mother the housekeeper she is dazzled Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider Ambitious clever his sights set on a career in law Tom is an acute observer and a man who knows what he wan. First loves class divides enforced separations stolen moments the horrors of war wrong choices conseuences heartbreak tragedy hope a touching and absorbing story albeit rather melodramatic and repetitive in places set before during and after WW1 where at times I wanted to shake some sense into the Clarissa and Tom and at others needed the tissues to dry my eyes

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Clarissa is almost seventeen when the spell of her childhood is broken It is 1914 the beginning of a blissful golden summer and the end of an era Deyning Park is in its heyday the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weeken. Oh dear another one that just wasn t for me I m having a run on them Occassionally when someone reviews one of my books they say they couldn t get into it because they just didn t like the heroine I get that It s the same for me if I don t like a key character I find it very difficult to see past that and enjoy any other aspect of the book And that s what happened with this one Clarissa is the narrator and the 16 year old girl at the start of the book who has lived a privileged life at Deyning Park And then she falls in love with the housekeeper s son Total no no for Clarissa is expected to make a great marriage Once I got over the first person narrative at least I got over it at first until I began to loathe and detest Clarissa I thought the prose in the early part of this book was evocative and I enjoyed it The author painted a lovely picture of that last summer before the Great War and imbued it with that terrible sense of an era about to die But the big problem was the person I most wanted to die was Clarissa Here s why Spoilers She loved Tom She was happy to hang about with Tom and to kiss him provided no one else knew She was happy to carry on living her so privileged life and keep him for fun in the background When he went off to war with her brothers she was happy to write to him provided it was all a secret But while he was at the front she was eually happy living the life of a deb in London and didn t seem too bothered by the fact he d stopped writing to her Though she still claimed she loved him And when it turned out what a surprise that he was writing but her Mama was confiscating the letters does she confront Mama Nope When she finally sleeps with Tom on his leave and gets pregnant does she fight for the baby or even tell Tom Nope she gives the baby away and gets married to Mama s choice of man And then for the next 10 years or so she messes with Tom s head sleeps with him every now and then but still goes on and on and on about how impossible it all is And I just couldn t see why And even importantly I couldn t understand why Tom put up with the spoilt brat whose only uality seemed to be her famed beauty I was praying that she wouldn t get him in the end and resigned but gutted when she did I am sure there are loads of redeeming things about this book that others will like but Clarissa blinded me to them I just couldn t stand her

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Ts For now that is ClarissaAs Tom and Clarissa's friendship deepens the wider landscape of political life around them is changing and another story unfolds they are not the only people in love Soon the world and all that they know is rocked by a war that changes their lives for eve. OH I LOVED THIS It was lovely sad touching romantic it was all these things and For me this was one of those books I like to get lost in and not come out of my room if I can help it This earns a place among my favorites


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10 thoughts on “The Last Summer

  1. says:

    I am not one of those reviewers who can or wants to recount the plot of the book under review I react viscerally to what I read and my reviews always reflect thisThis is the kind of book you can disappear into The voice is pitch perfect for me and drew me into a different era And there's an edge to the gentle

  2. says:

    What a colossal disappointment was The Last Summer Nothing about it I could like—aside from the gorgeous cover with its vibrant colors striking country manor and beautiful Edwardian woman whose chin looks vaguely like that of Sybil Crawley fr

  3. says:

    Oh dear another one that just wasn't for me I'm having a run on them Occassionally when someone reviews one of my books they say they couldn't get into it because they just didn't like the heroine I get that It's

  4. says:

    It was the voice that captured me first a wonderfully human mix of intelligence vulnerability understanding and fallibility “I wa

  5. says:

    First loves class divides enforced separations stolen moments the horrors of war wrong choices conseuences heartbreak tragedy hope; a

  6. says:

    Absolutely beautiful bookRomantic tragic extremely compelling It's wonderfully written the descriptions are so rich it was just as though I was seeing a film at times It's hard to stop reading and it will stay with me long after I've finished itI read the audiobook version and I was completely blown away by Jane Wymark's incredible narration She did a fantastic job I believed the narration 100 per centBy far th

  7. says:

    OH I LOVED THIS It was lovely sad touching romantic it was all these things and For me this was one of those books I like to get lost in and not come out of my room if I can help it This earns a place among my favorites

  8. says:

    Put simply I was completely captivated lost within this novel As it should be

  9. says:

    The Last Summer is set during the beginnings of World War I and tells the story of Clarissa who loses her luxurious lifestyle and her home during the bookImpeccably written and well researched this is an atmospheric and haunting read It take

  10. says:

    I don't even know where to begin with this review I've never shied away from writing my true feelings about a book on this blog I tr

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