A beautifully imagined Teen & Young Adult US 19th Century Historical Fiction novel, A Summer with the Hermit King proves simply enchanting with Todd creating a rare sense of immediacy as he writes, his characters imbued with a certain vibrancy that elevates them beyond their time and place to bring them achingly to life.
“Even in our darkest moments, we mustn’t lose hope. Sometimes we need to get lost in order to truly find ourselves!”
Humorous, touching and brimming with energy, One Hot Summer spins something completely original out of something familiar as Barker captures a perfectly framed snapshot of teenage angst, life, love and loss.
The most memorable supernatural stories grip us because they play to our innate fears. But far too many tropes in the genre are simply used for shock value,