If you enjoy historical fiction, family dramas, and book series, then I know you will enjoy The Summer Before the Storm. Those three aspects of the novel were the main ones that helped me decide to read this book and participate in this blog tour.
Another reason I liked this particular book was that it was set in a geographical area that was new to me, the Muskoka area of Ontario, Canada. Today, as the area has been for the past century, the Muskoka lakes and forests are namely a summer area full of all types of boating and boat building and water activities and is full of over-the-top hotels and resorts. The Wyndham family of the novel was one such family that summered in Muskoka and owned one of the many islands in the area. The novel was replete with a prodigal son who chooses love over the family, a long-lost relative seeking his share of his family heritage, a matriarch, her very different children and their families, and the grandchildren who try to make sense of their family and heritage, all set before “the storm” of World War I.
I have great appreciation for authors of historical fiction and the research they sift through to make their books accurate and interesting. Sometimes, though, there are just too many characters thrown at the reader and it’s difficult to remember who is who. Ms. Wills did include a “cast of characters,” but at times I was overwhelmed by the vast list and introduction of so many fictional and non-fictional characters. I do enjoy the mix of real and fictional characters, however.
This book was first published on June 21, 2011. Ms. Wills has been very busy writing two more novels in this particular series, Elusive Dawn and Under the Moon. These novels seem to contain of some other settings and subjects I enjoy reading about: Paris and the Lost Generation. I am anxious to continue the saga of the Wyndhams.
For participating in the tour, I received a Kindle copy of the novel. For a list of the previous stops on the tour for The Summer Before the Storm, please click HERE.