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28 July 2022

Book Review: A Summer of Castles by Rachel Walkley *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of A Summer of Castles by Rachel Walkley ahead of the blog tour.

This book will make you want to get your camera out and spend the summer exploring castles. Now how am I going to have the time to read? 

A Summer of Castles by Rachel Walkley book cover

A Summer of Castles. A secret in ruins.

At the beginning of the sultry 2003 English summer, Robyn Yates quits her job to photograph fifteen castles for a man she’s never met. A man who won’t tell her his real name. 

What motivates her is an unusual ability she can’t explain nor understand. Somebody does though and is keen to exploit her secret.

But Robyn isn’t alone on her journey. An artist is painting pictures of the same castles. Wherever she goes, so does he, like a stalker. But is he dangerous? And could this man be the same person who wants her photographs? 

She decides to challenge him, never anticipating that the confrontation will change the path of both of their lives.

The stifling summer will eventually end, but will Robyn find out the truth in time?


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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy


5 Word Review: Castles, history, photography, family, self-discovery.


When I was younger, before I got A Proper Job, I spent a long time wandering about with my camera taking pictures. Mostly of castles and other historical sites. For the experience, of immersing myself in history and capturing it through a lens.

So I really enjoyed the nostalgia of this book. It took me back.

Also, how pretty does Bam burgh look on that cover? I'd recognise those walls anywhere.

The writing style is so different from anything I've read recently that it took me a while to get in to the flow, but by the time Robyn had made up her mind I was hooked. And I wanted to know who Medici was, as desperate as Robyn to work it out.

The story starts with a small mystery that unfolds excruciatingly slowly, but I was so eager to work it out I didn't want to put the book down. A Summer of Castles will surprise you.

I loved the way that the story wove through the North and hit up so may familiar places. I'm a bit of aa castle collector myself. I also loved the people Robyn meets on her journey and how she pushed herself out of her comfort zone by opting for B&Bs instead of hotels. The settings really come to life, especially when Robyn's unique abilities come out to play.

I want to re-visit every castle in this story. I loved how there were facts about them throughout the story too, and bits of folklore. The small details in the writing really brought the castles to life in my minds eye.

A Summer of Castles by Rachel Walkley

Aspiring writer who pens Women's Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.
What else?
An East Anglian turned Northerner - almost.
Information professional, always.
Biologist, in my memories.
Archivist, when required.
Amateur pianist and flautist.
Reluctant gardener.
Scribbler of pictures.
And forever.... a mother and wife.
Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!


2 comments:

  1. Wow, this book must have taken you on a nostaglia trip. I visited some of the castles as a child, but wrote the book during lockdown, so I relied on Google Earth to 'visit' the locations to refresh my memory. I enjoyed researching the history as much as writing it. Had to tame my inner historian not go overboard. Thank you for the lovely review. Made my day reading it :) Rachel
    if you visit the blog associated with this id, thequietwriter.com, one I use for non-book promotions, you can find out I've written about castles during a A-Z blogging challenge.

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  2. Wow, this book must have taken you on a nostaglia trip. I visited some of the castles as a child, but wrote the book during lockdown, so I relied on Google Earth to 'visit' the locations to refresh my memory. I enjoyed researching the history as much as writing it. Had to tame my inner historian not go overboard. Thank you for the lovely review. Made my day reading it :) Rachel
    if you visit the blog associated with this id, thequietwriter.com, one I use for non-book promotions, you can find out I've written about castles during a A-Z blogging challenge.

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