The Summer of Love and Secrets is a beautifully written and heartwarming account of how grief and the loss of a loved one can impact on the lives of those left behind.
There is real emotional depth to the writing; we see the story from the point of view of both main characters and this gives the narrative an added dimension. Kate is grieving for her photographer husband, Stuart, who was killed in Afghanistan, and trying to keep their son, George, safe. Paul, Stuart’s friend and George’s godfather, stays in touch but keeps his distance.
As the story unfolds we learn that it is dangerous to presume we know how someone feels purely by their actions. This is the second book I have read by Helena Fairfax (the first was Penny’s Antique Shop of Memories and Treasures) and it won’t be the last.