What I’m Reading: The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

I just finished listening to the audio book The Last Summer of the Camperdowns: A Novel by Elizabeth Kelly.

This initial description sounded interesting but I was a little apprehensive too.

Well you read the description…what do you think?
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer’s uproarious and dramatic must-read.”

The book sounded like a coming of age novel…I like them.  The names of the people sounded a little “out there”….”eccentric parents” sounded like it could be an unbelievable story.  That had me apprehensive.  I downloaded two books at the same time and was so leery of this book that I read the other first.

For the record…this was a good book.  I didn’t guess the ending.  It held my interest.  I very much liked it.  I was actually very shocked as I am writing this review to find that Amazon readers only gave it 3.9 stars.  I’d give it 4.5….but you know me….I am a sucker for coming of age books.  I love books that happened in the past, even if it’s just as far back as the 70’s.  I’m off to see if my leading library has anything else by her.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Last Summer of the Camperdowns”

  1. Hello Ms. Jo!
    I like you love to read historical books. Have you ever read any of Eric Larson? I highly recommend his books. I’ve learned so much about our early history from reading his books. Love your blog posts. I grew up on the farm in northwest MO, you bring back such wonderful memories. Thank You!

  2. I would love to listen to an Erik Larson book, but can’t stand another Scott Brick narration. And all the Larson books seem to be narrated by Scott.

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