Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

Summer 1941

Young Adelia Montforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.

Grief-stricken, Addie flees—first to Washington and then to war-torn London—and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family…and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.

Received for review.

I love Pam Jenoff and each time I open one of her books I know I'm in for a wonderful time.  This was, of course, no exception.

As always, this is not all rainbows and unicorns.  It's an emotional journey that leaves you alternately smiling and tearing up - and then smiling through your tears.  It's a beautifully written story about a woman who you genuinely care about and want to be happy.

While the ending was ultimately bittersweet I was quite pleased with the way the author detailed Addie's thoughts throughout.  I really saw experiences from her viewpoint and that helped me to understand, if not completely agree with, her choices.

Overall, this was another excellent read by a very talented author and I'm quite glad that I had the chance to experience it.  I certainly highly recommend it to those who enjoy period fiction.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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