FF: “The Last Summer of the Camperdowns” by Elizabeth Kelly

CamperdownsPaperbackMech.inddI found the perfect summer novel, The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly. A mysterious drama set in my favorite summer location, Wellfleet on Cape Cod – this truly is on the top of my summer reading list.

About The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly: The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer’s uproarious and dramatic must-read.”

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

FF: “The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince” by Jane Ridley

THAI love reading biographies during the summer, and none are better than a good biography of British Royalty, like The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley.

About The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley: “This richly entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria’s firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as wise and effective a monarch as Britain has ever seen. Granted unprecedented access to the royal archives, noted scholar Jane Ridley draws on numerous primary sources to paint a vivid portrait of the man and the age to which he gave his name. Born Prince Albert Edward, and known to familiars as ‘Bertie,’ the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery. A notorious gambler, glutton, and womanizer, he preferred the company of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary life of the Victorian court. His own mother considered him a lazy halfwit, temperamentally unfit to succeed her. When he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectations were low. Yet by the time he died nine years later, he had proven himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of state, and the architect of Britain’s modern constitutional monarchy.”

The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

FF: “City Dog, Country Frog” by Mo Willems

CITYSomething for the kids – City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems (Author), Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) is a delightful tale, short but perfect, with wonderful illustrations.

About City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems (Author), Jon J. Muth (Illustrator): “In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. ‘You’ll do,’ Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time. Mo Willems’ spare, poignant text and Jon J. Muth’s expressive watercolors team up to tell a story that will resonate with readers of all ages.”

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.