I loved this book and was very sad when i came to the end, missing my daily visits with sydnam. For me it was a book about personal bagage. Sydnam's was on show for everyone to see and all the emotional turmoil that comes with dealing with his physical limitations and his adjustment as to how he now sees himself and copes with others first reaction to him. it is heartbreaking how great he is with children but at the begining of the book when the families are about to desend on his peaceful life, he keeps himself away from the party so not to scare the children.
Ann's bagage is much more internal. She's suffered physical abuse and is hampered emotionally by not allowing men to get close to her and for her trust in people to have been striped away. sydnam seems to be the only person who actually takes time with her and helps carry the load of her horrible experience.
The romance developes in such a natural way and it is not prefect so one can relate to the fustrations of their feelings for each other but not having the confidence or esteem to think themselves worthy to inflict their lives on the other. I found it a bit of a plod until Synham appears and then the story just took off. I will definetly be getting a Summer to remember and hope that he is featured quite heavily in it....Continua