Doesn’t that make you think of Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”? “More happy love! more happy, happy love!”
I am so very, very grateful to the authors who took time out of their busy schedules– over the holidays, no less!– to read an early copy of The Summer Country and share their thoughts.
“In this evocative family saga, THE SUMMER COUNTRY, Willig sweeps the reader away to the heartbreak of colonial Barbados, where love across the color line is forbidden, and the repercussions of slavery’s cruelty echoes through the generations. Jenny is an unapologetic survivor whose heart, nonetheless, is won by a forbidden lover. Her desperate struggle for freedom–for her child, if not herself–and for a family of her own–is bold and beautifully told, with unexpected twists. The puzzle pieces fit together by the end of the novel with a satisfying click. Brava!”
-Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton
“No one does historical and family secrets like Lauren Willig and she’s never done one like this before. Powerful, emotional, beautiful, and historically fascinating, THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a simply breathtaking saga. This is the kind of book you fall into, that absorbs you for the entire time you are reading it and that after, haunts you…. long after.”
-M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues
“So steeped in Caribbean culture, my hands were sweating while turning the pages. Lauren Willig has ventured to story territory near and dear to my heart. THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a daring, meticulously researched narrative of complicated love trapped on the island of Barbados during one of history’s most nefarious cholera outbreaks. A hot summer read for historical fiction fans like me!”
-Sarah McCoy, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables
Thank you, Stephanie, M.J., and Sarah!
If you’ve read an early copy of The Summer Country through Edelweiss, I’d love to hear what you think.
I’ll be having another ARC give away here on the website soon– and some other goodies, as well!