Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Last Kings of Sark by Rosa Rankin-Gee

A few weeks ago I was invited by the fabulous The Ampersand Hotel to a meeting of The Girly Book Club where author Rosa Rankin-Gee. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to finish the book before I attended the meeting, but the author was so enthusiastic and passionate about her debut novel that I quickly finished the book after meeting her!

The Last Kings of Sark is a coming-of-age tale of 3 teenagers who meet by chance on the tiny island of Sark in the English Channel. Circumstance brings them together and years later when they are adults living in Paris, it's also circumstance that keeps them apart. This novel beautifully explores the perfect summer and as the author said when I met her, we all had one when we were teenagers - the summer we hoped would never end and in a way it didn't because we always remember it. It stays with us almost like a scar or a tattoo. Like all good things, those summers end and though they stay with us, the promises we made become impossible to keep and the people who effected us then continue to effect us now as we grow in different directions and become the grown-ups we never wanted to be.

The Last Kings of Sark is a beautiful novel and as Rosa Rankin-Gee's debut novel, it's well impressive - it's the kind of book that leaves you with chill bumps at the end and makes you think for a few days afterwards about everything you do, did and will do that will not only effect your own life, but also the lives of others you've touched in some way or another. Not only did I enjoy this book, but it also made me really want to travel to Sark - I hope to be able to go next Summer! The Last Kings of Sark definitely worth the time - it's the perfect Christmas holiday fireside read!

*I received a copy of The Last Kings of Sark courtesy of The Ampersand Hotel, but all views in this review are my own. 

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