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Great Thought’s readers know that Pam Jenoff is a favorite around here. Her newest book, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, is her best yet. I love that it combines historical fiction with a beach book- could a book be more perfect?
From the publisher,” 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.”
Pam Jenoff has really outdone herself with this book. Adelia is such a complex character. She is strong, brave and smart all at a very young age. Jenoff’s writing literally makes you feel Adelia’s losses and emotions. As with life, the story takes turns you do not expect, making it a read you simply cannot put down.
As uber author Beatriz Williams says in her blurb of this book,
“The kind of book that absorbs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go.”
-Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author
Buy the book here and enjoy! Then buy one for your mom and your friends…