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Summer of Secrets by Rosie Rushton
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May 15, 2010

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bookshelves: ya-lit, jane-austen-revisited
Recommended for: Ya-Lit Fans
Read in December, 2009 , read count: Once

Do you recall the gothic grandeur of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey ? Well, put Catherine Morland and the rest of the secretive brigade in the twenty-first century and you have ‘Summer of Secrets’.

Caitlin Morland is a talented young artist who craves excitement and a foothold in elite society. Blighted with a no-frills-and-fancies family, she is ecstatic when she wins an art scholarship to Mulberry Court School. She sheds her humdrum existence and makes glamorous friends in the influential Izzy Thorpe and the mysterious Summer Tilney.

Caught up in the wave of the jet-setters, Caitlin is soon off to Italy to spend the summer at the Tilney family home. An added bonus is Summer’s handsome brother, Ludo. But Italy turns out to be more than just lazy sunshine and shady olive-groves . Summer’s mother, Elena died two years back under mysterious circumstances. No one talks about it, and rumour has it that Sir Magnus Tilney (Summer’s father) and his live-in lady friend, Gabriella (who at one time was Elena’s close friend) are behind Elena’s death. Caitlin is soon drawn into the web of lies, deceit and secret assignations. Will her loyalty to Summer stay strong? Will her attraction for Ludo reach fruition? And… will she unmask the gory details?

Summer of Secrets is light, a tad predictable but enjoyable nevertheless. Caitlin is a refreshing teen-heroine. She is feisty, not riddled with self-doubt and her perceptive mind is constantly abuzz with ideas and solutions. Rosie Rushton has smoothly tugged the ensemble cast of Northanger Abbey into modern-day Italy and woven a tale that ironically enough is fresh in it’s treatment.

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Namratha Light and frothy...with a touch of drama:)

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