The Book of Summers: The Richard and Judy Bestseller Paperback – 24 May 2012
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'A charming debut novel' (Woman's Own)
'A vivid coming-of-age story' (Woman & Home)
'A compelling coming-of-age story with a superb twist' (Easy Living)
'Emylia Hall creates an enchanting and vivid picture of Beth's summers in rural Hungary... It's an addictive read and an amazing debut for Emylia Hall' (www.cosmopolitan.co.uk)
'Fab debut about a woman reliving the summers she spent in rural Hungary' (Heat)
'Heartfelt and evocative... all we need now is for summer to finally arrive' (Grazia)
'Fantastically evocative and sun-drenched with a twist, it's guaranteed a place on our summer holiday reading list' (www.stylist.co.uk)
'Enchantingly evocative' (Marie Claire)
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UPDATE: I have finished it! I really enjoyed it. Every word was bursting with emotion and the language was rich and colourful, evoking a very real sense of baking hot Hungarian summers drenched in sunshine. It is a book full of adjectives, metaphors and similes.
I was very much not expecting the twist - obviously something went wrong in the last summer in Hungary and I was trying to guess what the whole way through the book, but when it came I was so surprised I had to read the revelatory sentence again!
But it was just too damned sad. I think I'd have done things differently if I'd been Beth. Or would I? Who knows. It's a prefect example of 'beautiful sadness' as the writing style and manner in which the author narrates the story is beautiful, but the story is a heartbreakingly sad one. Definitely recommended.
I thought Emylia Hall's debut novel was well written and would be enjoyed by many readers. A very vivid picture of each scene is painted but at times I did feel that the writing was too descriptive and that I could not fit another chunk into my head. The story did have a melancholy feel throughout and left me feeling rather sad which has influenced my rating
A book to be read, on a warm summers day in the garden ,or abroad by the sea or around the pool or out in the countryside with bees buzzing and the bleat or moo of animals in the fields.