Clarissa is almost 17 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 weekend 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 wants. For now, that is Clarissa. As 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 forever.
©2012 Judith Klinghorn (P)2012 Tantor
"A sumptuous, absorbing tale of love in time of war." (Rachel Hore, author of A Place of Secrets)
I found it hard to even begin another book after listening to The Last Summer because I just keep thinking about it. It's descriptive writing draws you into the story. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. It's hard to stop listening. I recommend this book! FYI, the sex scenes are graphic but can be skimmed over.
I had to listen to this twice. I love Downtown Abbey, and this is in that vain. The writer's diction is carefully chosen. The characters are so vivid both through the beautiful narration and the writer's brush strokes. I found myself close to tears when Clarissa is close to tears. I was rooting for her to be happy. This novel is heartbreaking at times but brilliantly written.
I think the storyline was good and yes, it was well written. However the narrator's voice drew me in at once and made me care what happened to the characters.
I would love another of Judith Klinghorn's works to be recorded for Audible with the same narrator.
I love this period in British history as well and I would be sure to buy it
This seemed like a mash-up of Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby. Entertaining ultimately insubstantial, and MUCH too drawn-out. Lovely narration, however, which kept me listening.
This book drew my emotions right along with the main character. My heart ached along with hers every page of the book. It painted a beautiful story of what true love and devotion should feel like.
I found it interesting to read how the women were expected to play a "supportive" role during the war. Emotions and feelings were put aside.
I loved reading Clarissa's thoughts while presenting another form of action.
I loved the narration.
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