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The Year Without Summer

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Lieutenant Robert Pierce of the Royal Navy was raised in the shadow of his father, a great admiral, and has spent his life on the high seas fighting the ships of Napoelon Bonaparte. When he loses a leg in battle and is confined to land, Robert is devastated. Taken in by his sister Maria, Robert faces the infamously cold, wet summer of 1816 trying to adjust to his new life. ...more
ebook, 60 pages
Published March 24th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Another beautifully written novella by this author, packed with suppressed emotion. There's a melancholy tone but within that is a story of love and friendship which brought tears to my eyes in its tenderness. I don't usually like books set on ships, as this story was partly, but I found this to be a wonderful read and would recommend it.
The blurb caught my imagination immediately. There's not enough stories about the wounded after the Napoleonic wars, and I'd been dying to read one that dealt with it, in a way that wasn't amputee kink (not that I think there are any that are, thank goodness!) I warmed very much to poor Robert, whose life has pretty much come to an end, as far as he's concerned, and that's exactly how he would have felt.

After the introduction to Robert and his sister we have a lengthy flashback regarding his aff
4.5 stars

GS Wiley continues her tradition of beautifully written, emotional stories filled with longing, romance, love, and separation with the fabulous offering The Year without a Summer. This bittersweet and touching tale relives the naval life of Robert Pierce and his long affair with fellow officer John Burgess. Separated now by injury and circumstance, Robert wonders what future his life brings and struggles with a depressing outlook in the face of constant, chilly rain.

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Leslie Nicoll
4.5 stars

A short story with some lovely descriptions of Robert, his lover John, and reminiscences of their time together. A bit bittersweet at the end. Recommended.

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Perhaps I have been spoiled in relation to Navy books by reading authors such as Dudley Pope, but I found this book rather lacking. The romance lacked detail and there was no chance for the reader to understand or witness the growing intimacy between the two men. Instead of the details of shipboard life and a growing friendship giving way to lust/love we were merely shown a catalogue of sexual encounters in flashback. One can only assume the reader is supposed to infer intimacy, in much the same ...more
A very moving and beautifully told story - so atmospheric - a gem
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