The Last Summer: A wild, romantic tale of opposites attract . . .: 1 (The Wild Isle Series, 1)

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The Last Summer: A wild, romantic tale of opposites attract . . .: 1 (The Wild Isle Series, 1)

The Last Summer: A wild, romantic tale of opposites attract . . .: 1 (The Wild Isle Series, 1)

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A delicious romantic tale of wild 1930s Scotland . . . perfect for everyone dreaming of summer -- Rachel Hore This book is special in that it is almost two books in one. The first part involves the inhabitants still living on St Kilda, and the second gives us a glimpse of the unique positions these women (and men) experience when they are forced to vacate their home and find a new life for themselves on the mainland. Society, culture, relationships, and the structure of classes are all an awakening and a jolt for sure. Some changes are positive, some are different and difficult. Relationships that were simple on the island are now complex, complicated, and sometimes changed and broken. There is love, loss, friendship, family, changes, mystery, and it is all drawn out beautifully by the author and it all sounds lovely by the impressive narrator and her stunning accent. It really adds to the novel.

What a great adventure! The perfect way to tell the tale of the St Kilda's population in fiction form. History fans will love the fascinating St Kilda detail woven throughout this thrilling romance. Wonderful! -- Jennifer Ryan, author of The Chilbury Ladies Choir and The Kitchen Front Wild-spirited Effie Gillies has lived all her life on the small island of St Kilda but when Lord Sholto, heir to the Earl of Dumfries, visits, the attraction between them is instant. For one glorious week she guides the handsome young visitor around the isle, falling in love for the first time - until a storm hits and her world falls apart. The most exciting, enchanting and evocative story of forbidden love I've ever read. I truly loved it and am waiting feverishly for the second installment. -- Cathy Bramley I can’t remember ever hearing about the island of St. Kilda which is sometimes the best kind of historical fiction to read. I was immediately intrigued and plan on learning more about it before the next book in the series is published. It was such an interesting time period to read about for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the story takes place in the years between two wars. The characters, of course, have no idea but the reader does. Second, the residents of St. Kilda weren’t living as their contemporaries who lived on the mainland of Scotland (can you call a country that’s part of an island “mainland”?). Such delightful writing, this book has everything! Romance, history, mystery, period drama, comedy & lots lots more.... (Warnings re sexual harassment & animal death).I absolutely loved this. I really enjoyed the first part, which detailed Effie’s life on the island, as well as introduced the reader to a lot of the other inhabitants, including her two best friends, Flora and Mhairi who I believe will get their own books. The reader is given insight to the way of life on the island – they are a cashless society who pay their “rent” to the laird who owns the island by way of goods. They must also be pretty much entirely self sufficient, making use of the good weather during summer as much as they can. But the way of life is coming to an end – the population has dropped below having enough able bodies to provide for everyone and they have a signed petition asking to be removed from the island, which ended up going to parliament in London to be debated. When their request is granted, they are moved en masse and given new jobs and new houses and have to adjust to an entirely different life. Effie has never even seen things like mirrors, it makes for a big adjustment period. meticulously researched and beautifully told by one of our most prolific and talented writers . . . a wonderfully satisfying read' Santa Montefiore I was drawn in right from the start! It seems as if I’m on a bit of a roll when it comes to historical fiction, especially when it features a strong female lead who challenges the norm and the idea of “suitable” roles for women. The cliff hanger ending had me stumped! How long do we have to wait for the 2nd book in the series Karen?? This sweeping love story gripped us from the start, so we can't wait for the next in the series. Best historical romance of 2022 * Independent *

The islanders are begrudgingly (by some) evacuated to the mainland in light of a harsh winter approaching and this new life brings unimaginable developments. They meet again a few months later when Effie accepts a job offer from the Earl of Dumfries. Now, Effie has the opportunity to see Sholto in the society which he is part of. The status differences are now more obvious, and their story seems impossible, even before it really begins.A delicious romantic tale of wild 1930s Scotland . . . perfect for everyone dreaming of summer' – Rachel Hore

During her last summer on St Kilda, Effie had been Sholto’s guide, and their attraction had seemed irresistible but, in the glamorous polite society of Ayrshire, it is clear they are worlds apart. When a body is discovered on the island, soon after the evacuation, a scandal erupts as she is implicated. Sholto knows she’s keeping secrets – but are they even her own?Despite romance seemingly the focus initially, all is definately not what it seems and the reader's endure an unforgettable adventure with fun, sadness hardships and so much laughter and unpredictability even a pet cheetah & food fights! Swan's earlier novels are largely contemporary in which he carefully introduces another story that begins in the past. "The Last Summer" is entirely historical fiction, but I enjoyed it just as much. I've read several of the author's previous novels and I love the way she combines romance and a bit of mystery with a strong sense of place. In this case, I was pleased to learn about the evacuation of the island of St. Kilda.



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