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The Summer of Madness

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In the summer of love, or rather of madness, a whole set of stories are emerging. But there is one that has got everyone talking. When Kurt decides to win back his ex-girlfriend with the help of a literary classic, he sets off a string of events that will build to a dramatic finale.
Kindle Edition, 27 pages
Published February 23rd 2019
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
Before I begin, I want to thank the author, Alex, who has provided me with a copy of his work, which means a lot to me. Even so, my opinions are always 100% mine.

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

I really think it's super difficult to talk deeply about such a short book and it's also difficult to have a super meaningful experience, BUT I think it's a really good idea, it reflects and tells the story of a young man whose girlfriend left him because he was alwa
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.

In this short story, a man tries to win back his girlfriend by reading her favorite book out loud in public. I thought this was a sweet, simply written story that provides some commentary on our society's obsession with "the grand gesture." Normally with short stories, I find that there's not enough context or information for the story to make an impact. Here, the author utilized some clever tactics to help provid
Claire Huston
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great romantic short story. 5/5 stars.

Having taken his long-suffering girlfriend for granted one too many times, Kurt finds himself dumped. When the usual heartfelt apologies and begging fail to win her back he decides to make a grand gesture. And that's how he ends up reading from Wuthering Heights every day outside the local train station. But will it work?

This is a terrific, romantic short story. It's something you could download and read on your lunchbreak or even in your tea break for you
Victoria Ray
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smart, well written, meaningful.
Enjoyed reading this book. Delicious story about how our society works...
#MUSTREAD before weddings or before divorce.
The ending is kinda... suspicious, but happy. Let’s hope Judy knows what she is doing, haha
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing


This was an adorable short story that made me want to revisit Wuthering Heights.

I love romance novels, whether it is feel-good or a tragic tale. Although this is a very quick read (of less than 50 pages), the author did a wonderful job in making you fall in love with the idea of romance. As Kurt says in the story, we always root for the main character to win the love of his life, no matter how ridiculous the method is. I was curi
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful short story, telling how after ignoring warning from his long-suffering girlfriend, Kurt Vannes is finally dumped. That's when he realises just what he's lost and he tries to win her back by publically reading and sharing one of her favourite Bronte classics with anyone who cares to listen to him. This gets him media attention and some folks turn up every morning to share in his reading. Will he win back her love? What will happen in the audience? You'll just have to read it ...more
Esther Rabbit
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Now this truly was an AWESOME read :) unexpected, fun, witty, the perfect remedy during this pandemic.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
“1801 - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with… A perfect misanthropist’s heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us.” These are some of the classic lines that are at the heart of this story, a sort of short tale of the summer of love. Royal weddings, romance and an increase in weddings are the stuff of a summer season in which people are doing romantic and frankly daft things and ...more
Jane Hunt
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an unusual short story about a last-ditch romantic gesture. The scene is set perfectly and the characters believable, although most only make cameo appearances. On reflection, the reader knows more about the cast of onlookers than the two main protagonists, but this doesn't matter its engaging and you want to know what happens next.

An diverse range of writing styles are used. Narrative, dialogue and a newspaper report, which adds to the authenticity. The plot is simple but its ramificati
Tara Watson
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the perfect length of book that I got to read in one sitting during the little one’s nap. She literally woke up as soon as I read the last word. Perfect timing.

This was a sweet little read, what I think is such a beautiful grand gesture of a man who know he’s done wrong to try and win the love of his life back. I’ve only just recently started reading short stories like these and I love them, and this is no exception! I definitely think that authors who can write complete stories like th
Gina R Mitchell
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael is a short, romantic tale of unrequited love. First, there is the main character with his lost love, followed by a series of secondary characters that just miss connecting.

As each person is drawn into the circle of Kurt’s grand gesture, snippets of their life give the short story an unexpected depth.

It’s difficult to write too much without giving away important details. Will Kurt’s plan succeed or will it backfire? Does a simple love story play as well
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
At less than 50 pages this is a quick and entertaining read. After his girlfriend leaves him, Kurt is determined to get her back. But nothing is working…so he takes drastic action! But will his plans work?

Despite the fact that Kurt only has himself to blame for his situation, I couldn’t help but hope that his efforts would work! I found myself quickly reading through this to see whether he’d be successful or whether he’d left it too late. There were moments in this that will make you laugh, and
Tiziana Langone
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you want the girl back…
Kurt his girlfriend has left him. but he wants her back. And in the summer of love (or madness), with the help of a classic, it’s the start of several events with a finale you won’t see coming.
The pity of reading a short story is that the ending too quickly there. After the last page I wished there would be more, because there was so much left in the open. What will be happening next to all those people I started to like in such a short space of time?

I loved the d
Karen Andrew
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Kurt's girlfriend dumped him as he was more focused on his games console and his friends than he was her.

He is devastated and vows at that moment that he will win her back. The only way he knows how to show her he is serious is to stand outside the train station in town reading from her favourite book Wuthering Heights.

Over the coming days he attracts an audience, including a reporter all of them wondering if he will win her back.

It's a will they/wont they scenario but at only 27 pages this is s
Rebecca L.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books, so I was excited to read this novella. The story centers on the protagonist, who commits to reading aloud each day in a very public place from his ex-girlfriend's favorite novel, Wuthering Heights. At first, people take no notice of him, but he soon becomes a sensation. Will this literary public display of affection win back his love, or will it open new opportunities for him that he never imagined?

This is a very brief book, and the story moves alon
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this sweet short story. It's an easy read so ideal for when you want to read something that doesn't take long to read or if you don't read that often. It sees the character Kurt try and win back his ex after realising that he took her for granted and so he reads her favourite book out in public. It shares how far somone could go for love. I like out it ended and do feel that it was the right ending too. ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this cute and unique story. I dove in blank, without reading the synopsis, and was happily surprised.

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The message behind the story is to cherish what you have, before you lose it. Our main character learned that lesson the hard way. You root for him to find his love in this story and in my opinion he didn't, but maybe he also did? Hmm, you'll have to read this to judge it yourself!

The book did contain some small grammatical errors like typo's or a
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Media frenzy on eccentric random acts with a twist of a classic story.

Alexander Raphael portraits​ his genius idea in this surprisingly charming story of a desperate man with a desperate measure in his pursuing of his lost love.

The Summer of Madness is definitely a short fun read full of humour and satire reflecting our modern society but hanging on to the past sentiment by the author's skillful writing in which he cleverly lead us through a journey of literally classic book.

With a subtle unexp
Margaret Sorick
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the madness

Such an engaging story. How far will someone go to regain a lost love? Has the grand gesture gone out of favor in the modern world? The story raises that question and leaves it up to the reader to decide ... in a most delightful way!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a delightful short story!
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it




Thank you Rachel's Random Resources for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. Any opinions expressed are my own.

If you like short stories (43 pages actually) to read in one sitting, The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael is for you. This is a unique take on a classic novel, not a retelling, but using the classic novel as a means to an end. Honestly, I can't explain much without giving everything away,
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Half-Welsh, half-Mexican and growing up in London, Alex Raphael was surrounded by different influences and interests. But it was always books that spoke to him most and had the greatest impact.

He started writing when at college, where his love of reading evolved into a desire to write, in particular focusing on poetry and short stories. Studying English and American Literature at university meant

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