Friday, June 24, 2016

AT THE EDGE OF SUMMER by Jessica Brockmole

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 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?
Bringing to life two unforgettable characters and the rich historical period they inhabit, Jessica Brockmole shows how love and forgiveness can redeem us.


In this sweeping historical romance, the author introduced me to a memorable heroine named Clare and a charismatic, but disturbed hero named Luc. They came to know each other in France when Clare visits Madame Crepet. A shared love for art brought them together, but Clare's grandfather and then the Great World War tore them apart. 

I found it easy to love both the main characters. They each narrative throughout the story, so I was able to truly understand their inner motivations and emotions. The two correspond by letters that describe not only the sights and smells of their individual locations, but their deepest inner thoughs and reactions to the world around them. It is their shared passion for art that somehow brings the two friends back together. And it is then that the experience the devastation that time and separation have brought to their lives. This is a lovely story about friendship, loss, betrayal, and healing. 

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