The Last Summer (Quick Reads)

Karen Swan

11 April 2024
128 pages


An island full of secrets. A gripping love story . . .

her young life Effie Gillies has lived, wild and free, on the remote Scottish island of St Kilda. But when Lord Sholto visits the island, the attraction between them is instant. For one glorious week she guides the handsome young Lord around the isle, and falls in love for the first time. But a storm hits and her world falls apart.

Three months later, all the islanders are moved to a better life on the mainland. And Effie is surprised to be offered a job working for Sholto's father. But Sholto and Effie come from two different worlds - can love ever win?

The Last Summer is based on the true history of St Kilda and its small island community.

Quick Reads are short books from bestselling authors, perfect for a fast and satisfying read – whether you're a regular reader, or just getting started. This edition is an abridged version of Karen Swan's beloved bestseller, The Last Summer.

'The most exciting, enchanting story of forbidden love I’ve ever read' – Cathy Bramley, author of The Sunrise Sisterhood

'I loved it and can’t wait for the next in the series!' – Jill Mansell, author of Promise Me

'Perfect for everyone dreaming of summer' – Rachel Hore, author of The Hidden Years

A lovely novel which I hugely enjoyed. I envy Karen Swan's skill to evoke a landscape and a very different past so effortlessly. The love story was all that one would wish and the characters are terrific.
This sweeping love story gripped us from the start . . . Best historical romance.
It contains all the ingredients of a wonderfully satisfying read: love, passion, drama, violence, menace and peril, and characters you fall in love with.