Secrets ripen and fester over a long sweltering summer in France . . .The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater, Algeria, Books, Carol Drinkwater, France, Lolita Bonita, Mumsnet, Novel, Reading, Summer, The Forgotten Summer, Vineyard

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 .

If your looking for a nice easy read these holidays then I would recommend The Forgotten Summer. I stumbled across this one whilst browsing through the bookstore, and the summery, light cover is what captured my attention. It really resonated with a part of my culture, as did the characters. Being part French Algerian I was able to connect with the characters in a deep way, which is what I love about a book.  I was immediately transported to the vineyards of France which ultimately reminded me of my childhood holidays.  I really enjoyed the detailing of text, setting the scene nicely and tickling the senses of delicious french foods, summer breezes, and working out in the vineyards. It really helped you understand the flavours and atmosphere of the French lifestyle.  As there is not a lot of characters involved its easy to keep on track and not get confused, it goes at a nice pace, and keeps you interested covering all aspects of life. I think it touched a lot of issues that many people could relate to. However I  mainly get hooked with a story that surprises me and this definitely did the trick, with so many hidden twists that were completely unexpected, some may say that parts of the story could have developed earlier however I think that helped keep the suspense and curiosity within the story. I did however think that something would have panned out regarding Luc’s documentary and his Algerian past as I thought that would have been a large contributor in the book. Its true that it could have maybe been shorted and parted were panned out but for a light summer read I loved it.

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