Emylia Hall’s debut novel, The Book of Summers tells a story of love and loss. After the separation of her parents, Beth leads two separate lives. She is steady, dependable Beth at home with her father in England, but when spending summers with her mother in Hungry, she is Erzsi, carefree, fun and falling madly in love.
Spending the summer of her sixteenth birthday in Hungry, Erzsi enjoys her time with both boyfriend Tomas and her mother Marika until a devastating secret destroys all her Hungarian relationships. She returns to England living out her days as Beth, careful and steady, with no risk or reward.
Without warning, years later, a package is received from Marika that forces Beth remember the past andre-lookk at the possibilities for the future.
The descriptions of the Hungarian countryside really provided a solid base for the story, the characters were well defined and I loved being surprised by the plot. This was a wonderful, moving story with an unexpected twist. I am looking forward to Emylia Hall’s next story.