The Summer of You - Blue Raven, Bk 2 Author:Kate Noble Lady Jane Cummings is certain that her summer is ruined when she is forced to reside at isolated Merrymere Lake with her reckless brother and ailing father. Her fast-paced London society is replaced with a small town grapevine. But one bit of gossip catches Jane's attention- rumors that the lake's brooding new resident is also an elusive... more » highwayman.
Jane must face the much discussed mysterioso after he saves her brother from a pub brawl. She immediately recognizes him from London: Byrne Worth, war hero and apparent hermit-whom she finds strangely charming. The two build a fast friendship, and soon nothing can keep this Lady away from Merrymere's most wanted. Convinced of his innocence, Jane is determined to clear Byrne's name-and maybe have a little fun this summer after all.« less
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When I first started this book I had a hard time getting into it. It had a slow start and at first glance I didn't really like Jane or her brother Jason. As the book progressed I got to know Jane better and realized that she was not as irritating as I thought she was and that she actually had unexpected depths. I never really warmed up to Jason, but I don't think we were required to. He serves his purpose whether the reader likes him or not.
I liked the friendship that developed between Jane and Victoria. At first Victoria seemed empty headed and naive. That is not the impression that you leave the book with. She gets some good advice and takes a long hard look at herself and admits when she was wrong. She also stands up for her friends in the face of public scorn if she believes they have nothing to be ashamed of.
As I write this I realize that this book is about not judging a book by its cover. I had a lot of preconceptions about the characters and how they would behave. They seemed to conform to my judgment at first, but by the end of the book they had come into their own and made themselves shine beyond the type I had cast them as. I really liked their character development.
I think that one of my favorite parts of the story is when Jane shoves a mirror in Byrne's face and tells him some not so nice truths. I do think she was deflecting a bit, but she had some very honest insights into his character. I like that he owned up to those things internally and came to some closure.
I think the best part of this story, for me, was the friendship that Jane and Michael had. I liked watching them get close to each other and joke and laugh long before they were married or in any scandalous situation.
wolfie0516 reviewed The Summer of You (Blue Raven, Bk 2) on
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I loved it! This is my 3rd book by Kate Noble, and each one has been so good, it's hard to lay them down. This story follows the same pattern her others do which is: great humor,very satisfying character development, interesting and enjoyable secondary characters, exciting adventure, and a couple that is unconventional who you really root for and fall in love with. The stories are very well written. I highly recommend this and any of her other books. I hope she writes more.