Also the owner of: http://silversolara.blogspot.com I enjoy reading historical fiction and mystery. I live in Pennsylvania and am a retired business teacher.
Adelia Monteforte was put on a boat alone to America in 1941 as WWII was underway. Her mother forced her into leaving Italy and living with her aunt and uncle that she had never met.
Adelia was grateful for her aunt and uncle's love, but she felt out of place with them and with her accent. When she met the Connallys, things changed. There were children her own age, children to play with, a family she felt very comfortable with, and their son she fell in love with.
Her aunt and uncle seemed distant but very kind to Adelia. Mrs. Connally was more of a mother to Adelia than her aunt, but I think Adelia made that happen as she chose to be closer to a stranger than her own relatives. She did upset me how she was closer to the family that lived next door at the beach than her blood relatives.
We follow Adelia who is a very strong-willed character and who makes decisions on her own even though she is quite young. I was surprised at her quick, poorly thought-out decisions. Some were decisions I definitely would not have made.
Adelia had become unsettled in her town after a while and also with the Connallys and left for Washington, D.C. to escape Charlie Connally. She then moved on to London when Washington, D.C. wasn't far enough away for her.
London wasn't what she expected, but Adelia was able to make new friends and continue to work at the same newspaper she worked for in the USA. Adelia never thought London would be as war torn as it was, but no matter what the circumstances or how far she went, she never could get Charlie out of her mind.
THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH is filled with loss, growing up, learning about life, and a love story.
THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH had a lesson about the importance of family and the importance of following your heart.
As always, Ms. Jenoff's books are well researched and very well written. You become part of her books and want to be one of the characters simply because of the marvelous way Ms. Jenoff tells a story.
If you haven’t read THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH or any of Ms. Jenoff’s books, what are you waiting for? :)
You won't go wrong with any of her books. ENJOY....I know you will. 5/5