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The Last Summer: A wild, romantic tale of opposites attract... (The Wild Isle Series Book 1) by [Karen Swan]

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The Last Summer, Karen Swan, Pan Macmillan, Pan

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I know as Karen Swan’s editor I’m uniquely biased, but The Last Summer is easily the best book she has ever written. It has all the elements that readers love about Karen’s contemporary novels: glamour, heart, setting, and glorious escapism. And these are enhanced tenfold by an author at the very top of her game turning her hand to historical fiction as if she’s always written it.

Inspired by a true story and a newspaper article Karen read about the voluntary evacuation of the Scottish island of St Kilda in the 1930s, this is an impeccably researched, lush, and epic novel full of secrets and mystery and with a Cinderella-style love story at its heart.

It is the story of Effie, a young St Kildan whose life is uprooted when she falls for the heir to the Earl of Dumfries. Their summer affair seems doomed to be fleeting given the vastly different worlds they inhabit. When their paths cross again on the mainland, will they be able to overcome the obstacles between them?

We also get to meet Effie’s friends in the book, each of whom will get a novel their own in due course as
The Last Summer will be the first book in Karen’s Wild Isle series.

—Gillian Green, Editor

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Eighteen year old Effie Gillies has lived all her life on St Kilda; she’s the best climber on the island, as skilled and brave as any of the men. But in matters of the heart, she’s an innocent, and 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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BNFV99J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan (1 July 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2941 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 476 pages
  • Customer reviews:
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Karen Swan is the Sunday Times Top Three and international best-selling author. Her novels sell all over the world and she writes two books each year - one for the summer period and one for the Christmas season. Her books are known for their evocative locations and Karen sees travel as vital research for each story. She loves to set deep, complicated love stories within twisting plots.

The Last Summer is the first book in her five-book historical series called The Wild Isle Girls, set around the dramatic evacuation of the Scottish island St Kilda in the summer of 1930. It was partly inspired by Karen’s Scottish roots: her father’s family came from Skye, moving to Fort William where Karen was christened and where many of her family still live. Her childhood memories are full of Christmases, Hogmanay and summer holidays spent in the Highlands and she was married there in 2001.

She lives in Sussex with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Visit Karen's author page on Instagram @swannywrites, Facebook, and Twitter @KarenSwan1.

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