Monday, 14 March 2016
Book Review - The Forgotten Summer
The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater
Secrets ripen and fester over a long sweltering summer in France . . .
The annual grape harvest at the Cambon family's magnificent vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When an accident destroys the crop, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame - her daughter-in-law Jane.
It's just the latest incident in a decades-long feud whose origin both women have concealed from Luc, who struggles to keep his wife and mother on speaking terms. But is Luc the saint he appears to be? When tragedy strikes, Jane is thrown into doubt. What secrets has her husband been keeping?
Forced to take charge of the ailing vineyard, Jane uncovers further proof that Luc may not be the man she fell in love with twenty years ago. And, worse still, she knows that her old enemy Clarisse is the only one who knows the truth . . .
For fans of Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop, The Forgotten Summer is an atmospheric tale of secrets, forbidden passion and heartbreak.
I wanted to so much to love this book but I decided I just like it a lot. I wanted to love it because I thought there was a really good story here - strong. The problem I had was in the plotlines and how slow and ploddy they became. There was a lot of repetition of details, almost as if the writer thought we would forget a few pages down what happened a few pages before. Dialogue was wooden in places. The only person who leapt of the page through dialogue was Clarisse. Claude sounded like a text book and I found myself skimming lots of pages at the end because I wasn't too bothered about how to harvest olives and grapes.
That said, I do think this will be liked by a lot of people I got too easily annoyed by little things like the writer using the word 'about' when 'around would have done at least once.
See what you think - I wouldn't advise against picking this one up but you have been warned.