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The Forgotten Summer Paperback – International Edition, October 25, 2016
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Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets all set in glorious Provence - I loved this * Santa Montefiore * A lovely book packed with the sunshine, scents and savours of the South of France. Plenty of page-turning drama but also mouthwatering descriptions of Paris and Provence. Enough to make you rush straight to the Eurostar * Daily Mail * Gripping * Candis * This atmospheric read will whisk you straight to the South of France as you become immersed in the tale of secrets and heartbreak. * Marie Claire * A wonderful story full of family drama and mystery. Beautiful and rich writing, wonderful nature, and loads of secrets and intrigue - this book has it all * This Chick Reads * I loved this book. I kept snatching a few more pages whenever I could. It has left me wanting to head to warmer climes and take part in the grape and olive harvests. Well I can dream can't I? * Mumsnet * Carol will take you away as you become immersed in the unusual life of the Cambon family, where no one is quite who they first seemed to be * The French Village Diaries * Her beautifully written prose propels the reader into a sensory haven of fragrant olive groves, rattling cicadas and bejewelled dragonflies . . . Carol Drinkwater is an incredibly talented writer, with a real skill for weaving an engaging story * The Bookbag * The Forgotten Summer is literary, well researched and hugely satisfying to read. It explores not just love, but searing grief, hatred, deceit, joy and despair, providing a richness of experience for the reader . . . wonderfully atmospheric writing * Linda's Bookbag * A beautiful, atmospheric story of loss, family drama and mystery' * Nicola Edwards, Love Reading * An absolutely outstanding book which I couldn't put down until I finished at 4.30 a.m. Look no further for an intelligently written book with twists and turns I hadn't seen coming. Epically excellent. 5* * Violet Fields, Net Galley * Emotional and Absorbing - get Lost in a Beautiful Book * Love Reading *
About the Author
Carol Drinkwater is a multi-award-winning actress who is best known for her portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. She is also the author of over 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her quartet of memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France have sold over a million copies worldwide and her solo journey round the Mediterranean in search of the olive tree's mythical secrets inspired a five-part documentary film series, The Olive Route. She is also the author of The Forgotten Summer and The Lost Girl. She lives in the south of France where she is writing her next novel.
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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.
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This time it is the annual grape harvest. But instead of partaking in the drink of the gods, the family is facing possible ruin due to the crop being destroyed, old family secrets come out and secrets are revealed. This was an interesting, entertaining read, highly recommended.