Friday, July 1, 2016

Spotlight/Book Giveaway: At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

About the Book

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: May 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads...

The acclaimed author of Letters from Skye returns with an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war.

Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. Devastated by her departure, Luc begins to write letters to Clare—and, even as she moves from Portugal to Africa and beyond, the memory of the summer they shared keeps her grounded.

Years later, in the wake of World War I, Clare, now an artist, returns to France to help create facial prostheses for wounded soldiers. One of the wary veterans who comes to the studio seems familiar, and as his mask takes shape beneath her fingers, she recognizes Luc. But is this soldier, made bitter by battle and betrayal, the same boy who once wrote her wistful letters from Paris? After war and so many years apart, can Clare and Luc recapture how they felt at the edge of that long-ago summer?

Bringing to life two unforgettable characters and the rich historical period they inhabit, Jessica Brockmole shows how love and forgiveness can redeem us.

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About the Author

Jessica Brockmole is the author of the internationally bestselling Letters from Skye, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, and Something Worth Landing For, a novella featured in Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband, two children, and far too many books.


Now you can win a copy of At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole.  Thanks to the publisher, I have one hardcover to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

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2) Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old

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The giveaway begins on July 1st (midnight est) and ends on July 8th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

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  1. I love that the female protagonist creates prosthetics for soldiers whose faces were injured in World War I. I read a novel set post WWI with my eighth grade students with a main character whose f s century was scarred by mustard gas. I would love to read this book.

  2. I hate autocorrect...his FACE was scarred...

  3. I love historical fiction,A strong female always interests me,

  4. What an interesting concept! Sounds like a fascinating book. I'd love to read this, as I like books set in different times and different genre from my usual 'cozy mystery' genre.

  5. Strong female individuals make an interesting plot line for a book. It is always great to have variety when reading.

  6. I like the premise. Sounds like a fabulous read.

  7. This is quite an idea, and more challenging than some I read. Thanx

  8. The era, locale, characters and story all are captivating and memorable.

  9. What a fascinating saga. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I really like a story like this with females in the main characters!!

  11. I enjoy reading stories where the characters are reunited again. Thanks for this chance.

  12. Love historical fiction stories. Sounds intriguing coming together after so long.
    Carol Smith

  13. This looks like a good one. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. Happy weekend.

  14. At the edge of summer sounds great ♡ I would love to learn more about this Historical time period. Thank you

  15. I love historical fiction and this looks like a great read.

  16. Historical fiction is my absolute favorite genre. I love history and I enjoy reading an author's spin on historical events. Authors can take certain liberties with historical fiction, adding here and there as the story spins. I like reading an author's interpretation of events. It's a fun way to learn about history and the many what if's.

    1. This beautiful book has been on my radar for a while & it's right up there with my must-reads. The cover is gorgeous! I'm a sucker for a pretty book.

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