Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Last Summer At Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

The Last Summer At Chelsea BeachThe Last Summer At Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This is the kind of book that truly makes you feel. It captures the desperation of war times, told from personal perspectives.

Adelina is a Jewish teenager on the cusp of adulthood, transplanted from Italy when anti-sematism takes a sinister turn. She goes to live with her aunt and uncle but is quickly 'adopted' by the Connelleys. These four brothers become her everything over a summer at Chelsea beach. Charlie the eldest, Liam and Jack twins and Robbie the youngest. Addie is drawn to Charlie but has a different relationship with each of the brothers. Tragedy involving one of the brothers destroys the deep love and friendship within the family.

This story takes you to Washington, London and the shores of France. It was a story of depth and richness. The characters were real and messy, as were the relationships. Pam Jenoff's writing was a breath of fresh air and I will be going back to read her other works.

The publisher provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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