Author James Wilson
Publisher Alma Books
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
A powerful novel of friendship, rebellion and betrayal
England, 1950s. While out playing in the woods, ten-year-old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger, who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard, is captivating – an irreverent outsider who is shunned by Mark’s fellow villagers, and a writer to boot. Aubrey encourages Mark to tell stories about his own make-believe world, and in return he informs the boy about a novel he is writing – a work of ominous science fiction.
As the meddling villagers plot to drive Aubrey out, Mark finds himself caught between two worlds – yet convinced that he must help Aubrey prevail at any cost. Dealing with powerful themes of friendship, rebellion and betrayal, The Summer of Broken Stories is James Wilson’s long-awaited new novel.
What did I think?
This is a very typical coming-of-age book that really warms your heart. I think that Wilson has written a remarkable book that delves in to the naivety and curiosity of children. Not only that, but he has also developed the characters in such a way that you feel like you know them. Most of them are incredibly likeable but most importantly, they’re all believable!
There were some darker sides to the story which made you sympathise with a whole range of the characters involved. It is quite intricate and definitely tells more than one story, but also leaves some parts untold for you to imagine yourself. You soon find out that poor Mark is essentially neglected by his parents and his dad has a weird temperament that unnerves Mark whenever he needs to speak to him – I found this quite heartbreaking and it really got me invested in to Mark’s story.
The Summer of Broken Stories was an incredibly easy read and wasn’t too intense. I did find that parts of the story were a little more long winded than they had to be, but overall it was a brilliant read.
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?