The Last Summer (Hardcover)

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The Last Summer is the first in an epic, sweeping historical series by Karen Swan, set in and around the Scottish island of St Kilda.

When the residents of St Kilda ask to be evacuated from their remote island home in the summer of 1930, it’s in search of a better life on the mainland rather than the scratch existence on their mountain in the sea.

For 18-year old tomboy Effie Gillies, it’s a bittersweet departure. She’s the best young climber on the island, as skilled and brave as any of the men. But it is Effie’s expansive knowledge of local bird life that leads her to taking up a position as curator of Dumfries House’s ornithological collection - and back into the arms of Lord Dumfries’ son and heir, Sholto.

During her last summer on St Kilda, Effie had been Sholto’s guide, and their attraction had seemed irresistible but, in the glamorous polite society of Ayrshire, it is clear they are worlds apart. When a body is discovered on the island, soon after the evacuation, a scandal erupts as she is implicated. Sholto knows she’s keeping secrets – but are they even her own?
 

About the Author


Karen Swan is the Sunday Times top three bestselling author of twenty books and her novels sell all over the world. She writes two books each year – one for the summer period and one for the Christmas season. Previous winter titles include Christmas at Tiffany’s, The Christmas Secret and The Christmas Lights, and for summer, The Rome Affair, The Greek Escape and The Spanish Promise.

Her books are known for their evocative locations and Karen sees travel as vital research for each story. She loves to set deep, complicated love stories within twisty plots, sometimes telling two stories in the same book.

Praise For…


Praise for The Paris Secret:

"Behind the locked door are shocking secrets, an unlikely romance, and nail-biting intrigue--it's definitely worth a peek." -- Kirkus Reviews

"I loved it. Escaping into a world of art, beauty and heartbreaking history, I was caught on page one and didn't put it down until I finished it." -- Liz Fenwick, bestselling author of The Cornish House

"The Paris Secret had me from the moment I started reading. Filled with a smart and sympathetic protagonist, a touch of romance, a smidgen of history, plenty of intrigue and suspense galore." -- Diane Chamberlain, internationally bestselling author of The Midwife's Confession

"A former fashion editor, Swan brings an eye for detail to her descriptive prose. Offer this to fans of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series who may be looking for more sophistication." -- Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781529084368
ISBN-10: 1529084369
Publisher: Macmillan UK
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English