Book Review: The Last Summer By Karen Swan


Wild-spirited Effie Gillies has lived all her life on the small island of St Kilda but when Lord Sholto, heir to the Earl of Dumfries, visits, the attraction between them is instant. For one glorious week she guides the handsome young visitor around the isle, falling in love for the first time – until a storm hits and her world falls apart.


That ending seriously?

Who ends a novel seriously on an ending like that?
I have not read a novel with a cliff-hanger that doesn’t actually show what happens. Usually everything is sorted in one way or another. Therefore, this novel loses a star (was originally 4 but that ending is disappointment).

This novel has a lot of animal abuse and deaths just so you are aware as it wasn’t entirely pleasant to listen to.

It took me a little while to realise this novel was set a century ago. Takes place in the setting of a Scottish place called St Kilda.
How the main character lived without a lot of basic essentials even back then is beyond me.

Overall, this novel was alright. Karen Swan has written better novels.

3/5 Stars


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