300 Days of Sun

300 Days of Sun

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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Combining the atmosphere of Jess Walters' Beautiful Ruins with the intriguing historical backstory of Christina Baker Kline's The Orphan Train, Deborah Lawrenson's mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past--where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.

Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career. Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings, Joanna soon realizes, Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. And Nathan has an ulterior motive for seeking her company: he is determined to discover the truth involving a child's kidnapping that may have taken place on this dramatic coastline over two decades ago.

Joanna's subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically insists she will find answers in The Alliance, a novel written by American Esta Hartford. The book recounts an American couple's experience in Portugal during World War II, and their entanglements both personal and professional with their German enemies. Only Rylands insists the book isn't fiction, and as Joanna reads deeper into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford's story and Nathan Emberlin's may indeed converge in Faro--where the past not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062440327
Branch Call Number: LP LAWR
Characteristics: vii, 468 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Three hundred days of sun


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Jun 28, 2016

I loved that this book took place in Portugal, a place I've never been to and don't know much about. I definitely felt that the setting was very real. I liked the main characters, although Joanna annoyed me in the end. I don't usually read mysteries, but I read this book in two days and couldn't put it down. There are two parts to this story - the present day, Faro, 2014, and the past, Lisbon (and later, Faro) during and after World War II. It was interesting to read a blend of historical and contemporary fiction. I recommend this for anyone who wants to read about a sunny place, and who likes a bit of mystery alongside historical fiction.

ehbooklover May 12, 2016

A wonderful historical/mystery/romance read that alternated seamlessly between present day and WWII. I really enjoyed the fact that the author used chapters of a fictional novel when retelling the part of the story that took place in the past. The beautiful setting was so vividly described that I could imagine myself being in Portugal, and I loved the hint of Gothic strewn throughout the book. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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