I’m very happy that since having a baby I have rediscovered reading. I now always have a book on the go and I’ve just finished one that I got for Christmas, Summer in February by Jonathan Smith.
The book tells the tale of the artists at Lamorna in the early 20th century, just prior to the First World War. The plot centres on a young, precocious, Alfred Munnings who throws wild parties every night and holds the entire artist community in awe with his talent, his wit, his ability to drink and recite very long poems by Poe.
There’s also Major Gilbert Evans the estate manager at Lamorna, mild mannered, agreeable and beloved by artists and locals alike who Munnings swiftly befriends with the Major becoming Munnings main friend and confidant.
Cue the arrival of the beautiful and ever so ‘paintable’ Florence….and a tale of friendship, love, and wotnot (by wotnot I mean heartbreak, sadness, passion, love, death) ensues – gripping!