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Love and Summer by William Trevor
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Oct 10, 2009

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Trevor, William. LOVE AND SUMMER. (2009). ****. In a village named Rathmoye in Ireland, a young man rides in on his bicycle just as a large funeral of one of the town’s magnates is taking place. He has a camera with him and begins taking pictures of the ceremonies. He is taken note of by several of the villagers, but it is assumed that the family hired him. The young man is Florian Kilderry, the son of a family who used to live in the next village over. His family has now all passed on and he has come back to sell off the house and properties – mostly to settle debts left by his father. Florian, on one of his trips to the village, meets Ellie Dillahan, the young wife of a country farmer. Ellie kind of backed into the marriage, having first been retained by her (now) husband as household help after his wife and child were killed in an accident that was – though inadvertently – his fault. After a couple of years as housekeeper, her husband thought it would be best if they married. Ellie, not knowing any better, did so. Ellie was an orphan, or foundling, brought up at the local nunnery. She had learned to take what came to her and not seek out alternatives. When she met Florian, however, she discovered that there was something more than convenience to life. The two become fast friends. They find that they can talk freely to each other and share their respective desires and dreams. Florian tells her that once his house is sold, he plans to leave Ireland forever. Hearing this, Ellie becomes fixated on going with him, no matter what the cost. She has discovered love in a way that she never saw it before, and doesn’t want to lose it. Their summer romance and how it all turns out is the subject of this sensitive novel from Trevor, one of Irelands best writers. Recommended.
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