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‘Summer In Tintagel’ By Amanda James


Rosa kneels on the lawn. It is summer, but the grass is damp under her bare legs and she wishes that she had taken the picnic rug that Mummy had tried to give her just now. Mummy said she was wilful, would have to learn by her own mistakes. Rosa wonders what wilful means as she pours water from the plastic teapot into a tiny cup and places it in front of Barney, her oldest teddy bear. Wilful is perhaps the same as stubborn. Daddy often says she is stubborn.

Rosa puts cups in front of her remaining toys and looks back across the long expanse of grass towards her house. The sun hides itself behind a cloud, but that isn’t the reason she has goosebumps, forming along her arms. She feels her heartbeat quicken and she tightens her grip on a biscuit. It crumbles and leaves a sticky smear of chocolate on her fingers. Rosa licks the chocolate, but her stomach rolls and she tries to blot out a voice in her head. Daddy will be angry, very angry.

A scream pierces the silent afternoon. It comes from the house and it sounds like her mother. Rosa leans her back against a tree and draws her knees up under her chin. She looks at a grass stain on her white sock and her whole body begins to shake. A siren wails up the valley and she knows that something has happened. Very bad.

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    • Hi Bev,

      I don’t think I would be giving too much away, if I said that Rosa is reminiscing about her childhood, in this first section of the opening chapter…

      I know! – but I just couldn’t resist reading on for just a few more pages 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      As I said in reply to Bev, I just couldn’t stop myself reading on for a few more pages, although I only really needed to read on for a couple more paragraphs, to start feeling uneasy about Rosa’s plight. In fact I almost shared those remaining few lines, but decided that would make the post just a little too long and might give a bit too much away!!

      Thanks for taking the time to share my post this week, it is good to hear from you 🙂

  • This does a wonderful job of drawing the reader right in and I definitely want to know more! Looking back at your previous post about the book/author only adds to that. I hope this makes it to the top of your TBR pile quickly! 🙂

    Here’s the beginning of the Prologue from ‘Sisterhood Everlasting’ by Ann Brashares:
    “Once upon a time there were four pregnant women who met in an aerobics gym. I’m not joking; that’s how this story begins. These large, fit, sweatband-sporting women bore four daughters, all born in and around the month of September. These girls started out as babies together and grew to be girls and then women. A sisterhood, if you will.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      No pressure then!! 🙂 I am already stressed enough about the length of time it seems to take for a book to get to the top of my list, never mind an actual review date. I keep telling myself that promotional posts are just as productive, however for any author, an actual review has to be the only article which really carries any weight in the publishing world.

      I really enjoy books with this style of formatting – Someone from an older generation, revealing a secret from their earlier lives, which a younger family member has to unravel to reveal the truth, usually about an unrequited love or relationship, or a long hidden crime which needs to be exposed.
      I love your opening lines, even though I am still a little sceptical that this is a book for me. It might well be that after aging her characters by ten years and watching them mature and develop stronger individual personalities, this book might work okay as a stand alone story for Ann Brashares – then who knows? I might be quite happy to try reading it for myself.

      I am never really extrovert enough to mix with groups of friends and I would have said that my brother was much the same, so my niece has completely broken the mold with all her baby and motherhood related groups and the huge circle of friends she has gathered around her – a ‘sisterhood’ seems to sum up the situation very well 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      I not certain if the book and Rosa’s story, begins in Tintagel, Cornwall, or not – but that is most definitely where the unfolding mystery takes her.

      Cornwall is my most favourite part of the country, although in all fairness, we don’t really get ‘up north’ very often, to explore the lovely coastline of Scotland. It is just that the south coast has a much more temperate climate and Cornwall in particular is well known for its micro climates.

      I wouldn’t generally pass up an opportunity to read a book set in this amazing county!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Mareli,

      The full premise of the book does make it sound particularly interesting, plus it is set in one of my most favourite places Cornwall, and of course it was a gift copy after a competition win – what’s not to like!

      Those opening lines are also quite intriguing, as I need to know that Rosa is going to be okay.

      Thanks for visiting this week, I hope that you decide to try and get your hands on a copy of the book, then we can compare thoughts and reviews 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I’m not sure if Rosa is more scared by the siren and what that represents, or of her father and what she fears she may have done to upset him, either directly, or through her mother, after hearing her scream!

      This doesn’t sound like a very happy family unit and Rosa seems like a very sad little girl.

      I can’t wait to for this one to get to the top of my reading pile.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Rosa’s father sounds like a bit of a bully, but I wonder if she has done something so bad to make her mother upset, that perhaps she feels his anger might be justified.

      Also, I am wondering at the significance of the siren, as there is no date indicator in these opening lines, which might shed any light as to what might have happened.

      Too many unanswered questions, do indeed make for a rather creepy start to the story 🙂

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