This book was kindly sent to me by the lovely people at Hot Key Books! Thank you to them for letting me review it! This book is a sort of mix between genres that I really enjoyed!
Title: That Burning Summer
Author: Lydia Syson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: October 3rd 2013
No. of Pages: 336
Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, but now the enemy is overhead, and the rules are changing all the time. Staying on the right side of the law proves harder than she expects when a plane crash-lands in the Marsh: it's Peggy who finds its pathetic, broken pilot; a young Polish man, Henryk, who stays hidden in a remote church, secretly cared for by Peggy. As something more blossoms between the two, Peggy's brother Ernest's curiosity peaks and other secrets come to light, forcing Peggy and Henryk to question all the loyalties and beliefs they thought they held dear. -Goodreads /Amazon
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.
Before we start...I think we need to appreciate that awesome cover. I mean -LOOK AT IT...It's all vintage and pretty and..asdfghjkl...hehe! You can tell that I like it!
I found That Burning Summer to be very detailed in it's description. I nearly always think that this is a good thing, because you need to be able to somewhat picture the setting of a book otherwise, the characters you are picturing are sort of caught in limbo, and no one wants to read about that! The detail really helped me to set the scene, and at the end of the day, I had a good, clear imagery of what the characters and setting looked like.
Something I really enjoyed about this novel was it's different perspective on the war time. Usually, historical fiction is often about the more well-known aspects of the war: The front lines, evacuees, etc. but I really loved seeing the point of view of those people who were just at home, or in the countryside during the war. It's a very different view, because it's a completely different fight, it's one against daily life. How hard is it for them to be at home not being able to do anything whilst their loved ones are fighting on the home front? Whilst bombs are being dropped on everything around them? It was something different, new and one of my favourite parts of the book.
However, That Burning Summer, also captured the emotional and psychological side of fighting in the war through the character of Henryk. I think this fear was captured perfectly and you really saw the damaged side of the men who fought in the war. It only adds to how terrible wars are.
One of the things that drew me to read this book was the unlikely romance. This was a part of the book that I ended up adoring! I found Penny and Henryk's romance to be tentative at first, but as the book progressed, their trust in each other developed a whole lot more and the romance ended up being great and so sweet.
That Burning Summer can actually take a while to get into- but not very long. It is worth reading because you end up with a lot more than you expected so do not be fooled by green grass and slow paced country life!
Overall, That Burning Summer gave a new perspective on life during the war, and had a very sweet romance that any historical fiction fan will enjoy.