- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: A J. Patrick Boyer Book (Jan. 11 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459707753
- ISBN-13: 978-1459707757
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Second Summer of War Paperback – Jan 11 2014
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As with Cheryl Cooper's first book, Come Looking for Me, I couldn't put down her sequel, Second Summer of War. The continuing adventures and intrigues of her captivating characters kept me turning those pages, always wondering what was going to happen next. Rich with attention and historical detail, I could hear the unearthly sounds of the sea and feel the decks rocking beneath my feet. Another whirlwind of a read!(Nancy Beal, Owner, Muskoka Creative Communications)
Second Summer of War is the riveting sequel to Cooper's first novel, Come Looking for Me, and the second book in the Seasons of War series. Cooper does a masterful job of weaving the details of the first novel into the second...it is meticulously researched and extremely well written. The superbly developed characters draw the reader in to such a degree that while they may be loathe to put it down, they also don't want the book to end. (Muskoka Magazine)
Like its predecessor, Come Looking For Me, this story draws you in from the opening pages. We feel like we’ve only left Emily and her companions for a brief moment. The transition is seamless. Cheryl Cooper’s extensive research really shines through in the definition she gives each of her characters and the world they inhabit…[Cooper’s] attention to detail and her mastery of her craft painted vivid living images of each character, their struggles, passions and sorrows.(Due North Journal Blog)
"...strong supporting characters will keep you rooting for the sailors as they battle extreme conditions on the sea...[and] the naval backdrop makes all the difference. The comprehensive descriptions of the ships, guns, sailors, and medicine of the time make you feel like you are standing on a frigate with the characters." (Historical Novel Society)
Teens who aren’t daunted by longer novels and those who like to get lost in the past will enjoy the adventure, romance, intrigue and excitement of this richly detailed story about events in Britain and at sea during the War of 1812, when the Age of Sail was at its zenith. (Muskokan 2014-09-26)
About the Author
Cheryl Cooper has a degree in English and Education from Queen's University. A former teacher of hearing-impaired children and a volunteer for the Children's Foundation of Muskoka, she lives in Bracebridge, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.
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Speaking of characters, Cooper is a master at creating them. Some of them you’ll admire, laugh, and sympathize with, and others, you’ll love to hate.
The cinematic storyline and intense conflict make this a real page-turner.
I highly recommend this series.
That said, Second Summer of War is just as entertaining. What Cooper does so intelligently is she adds new locations, which makes for a slew of new dramatic conflict. In fact, half the book takes place on land where Emily is whisked away to live with the unsavory Duchess of Belmont. Meanwhile, the disgraced and treasonous Captain Thomas Trevelyan awaits trial on a haunting prison hulk (personally my favorite bits). Of course there are plenty more battles on the Atlantic, but what makes this book, and series for that matter, so great is that Cooper constantly introduces fresh conflict. And I was willing to go along with her every step of the way because she creates such sympathetic and interesting characters.
The dialogue is cinematic; the situations believable; and the research palpable. How is this not a TV series?! It would certainly make for a great one! I now look forward to the next book!! Great read!
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