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Mason introduces four friends with secrets. The friends are from different classes of life in the southern US around the turn of the twentieth century. Each book in the series, I assume, will follow each of the friends. While the author says these are stand-alone books best read in order, I have to caution serial readers that the instigating event is not solved in this story, and in fact, a cliffhanger of sorts compels you into the next book. When a friend thought long-dead reveals herself to one of several witnesses to her youthful accident, secrets thought well-buried are exhumed.
Now housekeeper, grown up, married and expecting a fourth child, Mercedes is shocked to her core when Simone, daughter of a wealthy family, returns from the grave, sure that something is still out to get her, and begs for help. Mercedes was always the friend who could solve their problems, but this mystery--why Simone was kidnapped and who still wanted her buried--is beyond her abilities. In the meantime, a family secret comes to light for Mercedes.
Mason's stories are lengthy, sometimes rambling, but well-researched and presented with a few typical errors. The characters are interesting and the settings worthy of the old school Harlequins. For those who wonder about southern manners on the eve of World War I, The Long Shadows is a treat.
With a beautiful setting, adventurous characters, and a mystery to solve, you can be sure to get pulled into the storyline easily. So get your sweet tea, find a rocking chair on a porch (or just sit outside and enjoy the fresh air), close your eyes, and find yourself in the Old South right next to Mercedes. Be sure to block out extra reading time so you can read as much of it, if not all of it, as you can.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
All of these are ingredients in Robin E. Mason’s compelling novel, The Long Shadows of Summer. The South Carolina setting wraps around you like a comforting hug, and the author’s deliciously rich prose elevates the setting even further – until you can feel the humidity and hear the cicadas and bullfrogs. Her first person voice is captivating, and readers can easily immerse themselves into the story because of it.
Bottom Line: A great start to Mason’s new series, The Long Shadows of Summer introduces us to four friends who have their share of secrets, pain, and love. Their varying backgrounds give us a glimpse into each part of society, as well as the ‘upstairs/downstairs’ culture of the day. The intriguing storyline is layered and draws you in further and further until you must know what will happen next. On occasion, the book gets a little bogged down in ‘memory’ or scenery but overall each element is skillfully placed and rich with atmosphere.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Thank you to the author and SLB Tours for providing the review copy of this book. This is my honest review.
While I had a difficult time getting into the book at the beginning, with both the French language inserts, and the first person narrative of Mercedes. Some of the scenes were a little over descriptive, the mystery compelled me to read on, and I am so happy I did. This is a great start to Ms. Mason's Season series. Given the time period, secrets, and a mystery to solve this would be a great book for a book club to discuss.
I offered to read an early copy of this book, in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.