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One Last Summer [Kindle Edition]

Catrin Collier
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Catrin has written a wonderful stand alone novel inspired by her mother's experience fleeing Germany at the end of the Second World War. There has been a great deal of interest in the story with several national newspapers interested in covering it. Confirmed so far: TELEVISION Catrin is appearing in a documentary on local celebrities and the streets they lived called 'Stories From the Street' HTV HTV will also be covering the story behind the book for the regional news in Wales. RADIO BBC RADIO WALES will be interviewing Catrin on her new book (date tbc) PRESS There will be a major interview in the WESTERN MORNING NEWS There wil also be an interview in SWANSEA EVENING POST Review to come in YOURS magazine ONE LAST SUMMER has been chosen as the bookclub read for COUNTRY AND BORDER LIFE magazine. EVENTS Catrin will be doing formal signings in WH Smiths Pontypridd - Saturday 2 June Borders, Llantrisant - Tuesday June Waterstones, Swansea - Saturday 9 June WH Smiths, Cardiff - tbc And stocksignings in Waterstones (Cardiff) and Camelot Books (Cardiff) Catrin has also been asked to judge a writing competition at Borders, Swansea in July

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Based on the life of Catrin Collier¿s mother and grandmother, this is a powerful novel which spans over sixty years, from the life of grandmother Charlotte to her journalist granddaughter, Laura. We revisit Charlotte¿s incredible life which starts in East Prussia in 1939 and ends in modern day England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (8 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2IRGRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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CATRIN COLLIER/KATHERINE JOHN/CARO FRENCH/KATHERINE HARDY/K A JOHN -
At present (January 2014) working on Winds of Eden the sequel to Long Road to Baghdad. Look out for my raunchy Caro French Farcreek novels, Lady Luck, Lady Lay, Lady Chance named after the Cullen boys yachts. - Coming very soon.
My most bemused moment. When someone commented, "It will be wonderful for Pontypridd when you die." (Many of my novels are set in the town)
My best "putting in place moment". When someone joined a queue at a signing session in Waterstones and waited ten minutes to say, "I don't want a book, love, but as you're here for two hours, look after my shopping for me." - I did.
My proudest moment, when I discovered my Catrin Collier novel, One Last Summer, based on my Prussian born mother's wartime diaries was named recommended reading for adults by the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago has met it's match!! 13 Aug 2007
By Mrs
Format:Paperback
This is the first Catrin Collier book I have read but I'm now very keen to read more. This book starts just before WW2 breaks out in Prussia, now Poland. The characters are full bloodied, lively and engaging and I was hooked by the fast-paced story. It is also a beautiful love story - I think Dr Zhivago has met it's match!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic stuff - think Doctor Zhivago 17 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
This is the best book I've read in a long while. Faster paced and having greater depth than an ordinary saga, it's up with the big ones. I'm sure that in time others will share my views. If a lesser book like Charlotte Grey can make it to the big screen, why can't something as wonderful as this?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the film out??? 21 Dec 2013
By elemel
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It's been a long time since I last cried reading a book - beautifully written and yes there is the feel of dr zhivago. I need to read it again as raced through the last half. I think its a book I will be able to read again and again - also rare for me these days. Its what I love in a book - a damn good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever 12 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
i read a lot,and would say i am one of those ppl who always prefers a book to tv or music! i have read many fiction books about ww2 and can without a doubt say this is the best one! so unusal,yet so gripping! i even cried which i very rearely do, am 26 yrs old! this has becoume my favorite book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving Story of Love and War 21 Aug 2012
By Jenna
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This is the story of Charlotte Datski, now an old lady living in America, and her desire to revisit her old aristocratic home in what was East Prussia, (now Poland), to lay to rest ghosts from the past relating to happenings during the Second World War. She has no idea what she will find in the way of bricks and mortar, but she has a good idea of the emotions that will be rekindled by her journey. Her family know little about her past, and she takes her much loved granddaughter Laura with her, as she feels it is time to share the secrets she has been holding for so many years.
I found this a very moving story, deeply realistic in its descriptions of the heartache, horrors and displacements created by war. Although this is a work of fiction, the author draws upon information and inspiration contained in the diaries of her own mother and grandmother, who originate from the same region, and the wartime events reported in the text are true. For me this adds to the drama and poignancy, bringing home to the reader the stories of personal loss endured by the citizens of all countries caught up in the conflict, regardless of which side they were on.
Catrin Collier definitely has the storytellers' gift in abundance, and the mood she creates is very enticing and engrossing. Her writing flows beautifully and it is easy to step into the shoes of Charlotte, as she recalls her feelings and experiences. The choices she has to make are not easy ones, and difficult to live with afterwards, but the way her character is portrayed makes her easy to identify with and understand. There is nothing deceitful about Charlotte. She is who she is, which makes her endearing to the reader.
Despite the harrowing situations created by war, this is essentially a love story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, heartwarming! 2 May 2014
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This book is amazing. Just for once a book that tells the story of what happened to German civilian families during the second world war. It starts with a wedding and follows the life of a woman as she makes an important journey into her past. I couldn't put it down. A very moving story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Oct 2014
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This is the first proper book I have read by Catrin Collier and it is excellent. The others were set in Russia but were too short and poor value. This is well written vividly evoking the two periods and creating a well rounded main character (Charlotte). The action moves seamlessly between the Second World War and the present day and although the ending is a bit predictable it is still appropriate
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read 4 Mar 2010
By lorrpam
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I am a great fan of Catrin Colliers work, all of her books are a compelling read and this one is no exception, she has a way of drawing you into the story quickly, combining fact with fiction, a magical author, always a twist at the end. I couldnt give this author enough praise.
Lorry, Portsmouth Hants
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gripping story right to the end. Characters so real that I felt I knew them all personally.
Published 8 days ago by Wendy Tollan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing story. Everyone should read this.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Catrin Collier
Love Catrin Collier so I'm bound to say it is excellent as usual
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great page turner
Loved this war time love story from the German view a great page turner excellent reading would recommend if you like war time love stories
Published 2 months ago by edna lansdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by Heather Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all of her books I have read (several collections) ...
I love all of her books I have read (several collections) but I think this is the best one yet. She is brilliant at really drawing you into the story until it doesn't seem like a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 3 months ago by Ann c BRown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book giving the german side of the war.
Published 4 months ago by P. Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book
I'm a huge fan of Catrin Collier and One Last Summer did not disappoint. I love the way characters from previous novels crop up in her short stories, there is always continuity... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynnefp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Found it very hard to put down until I'd finished it. This is a war-time romance and adventure. Would definitely recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Angela
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