In the summer of 1909, seventeen-year-old Nell Golightly is the new maid at the Orchard Tea Gardens in Cambridgeshire when Rupert Brooke moves in as a lodger. Famed for his looks and flouting of convention, the young poet captures the hearts of men and women alike, yet his own seems to stay intact. Even Nell, despite her good sense, begins to fall for him. What is his secret? This captivating novel gives voice to Rupert Brooke himself in a tale of mutual fascination and inner turmoil, set at a time of great social unrest. Revealing a man far more complex and radical than legend suggests, it powerfully conveys the allure -- and curse -- of charisma.
This book evokes a long, hot summer pre-WW1 beautifully. Set around real events, it gives an insight into the social constraints of the time.
I love all of Jill Dawson's books, which are all very different but equally readable.
I was really looking forward to this book. The story at times didn't make sense. I put it down, picked it up again. In the end, I gave up. This is one for the paper skip.