The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael

This is a short but sweet story of a young man who has foolishly neglected the love of his life and is willing to go to extreme lengths to win her back…

His decisions and actions garner him lots of attention within the community, but will it be enough to achieve his goal of winning her back, or will it send him down a different path altogether?

Ceri’s Thoughts

This was an interesting and thought provoking read, with just enough substance to carry it without it being over complicated or under developed. It is clear to me that the author is a skilled short story writer.

It certainly got me thinking about how far I would go in the name of love!

I’d recommend this story to anyone looking for a light and romantic escape from the current coronacoaster, but maybe without the head space for a full novel!

I’ll definitely read more stories like these in the future.

Ceri x


Tara’s Thoughts

This was the perfect length of book that I got to read in one sitting during the little one’s nap. She literally woke up as soon as I read the last word. Perfect timing.

This was a sweet little read, what I think is such a beautiful grand gesture of a man who know he’s done wrong to try and win the love of his life back. I’ve only just recently started reading short stories like these and I love them, and this is no exception! I definitely think that authors who can write complete stories like this and like Alexander Raphael are so talented. It takes a lot to be able to ensure the reader feels the story is complete in such a short amount of time and pages.

I loved the grand gesture that Kurt made, it made me want to read Wuthering Heights so badly! That might just have to be my next classical read!

Tara x

Elena’s thought.

I’ve always been dubious of short reads, I always worry that the book will no t be long enough to get it’s message across but boy was I wrong about this one.

I managed to read it during our 20 minutes of silent reading that our students do daily, and could not stop thinking about it for the rest of the day.

Kurt is a man who has done wrong by his loved ones and wants to make amends that much is clear. Would I go to the grand lengths he did? I’m not sure but then I’m also not one who’s keen on the grand gesture.

Nevertheless, this book was a fantastic getaway from my brain in an otherwise truly hectic teaching day and I would recommend it to everyone. Well done Alexander Raphael


Thank you Alexander Raphael and to Rachel for including us on this blog tour!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. alexraphael says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful reviews Ceri, Tara and Elena! I’m so glad all three of you liked it. I’m really happy it left an impression even after you finished reading it. I think you have a future reader there wth your little one Tara haha. I’m sorry for the delay in my message. I have been deeply immersed in writing my third book. Thanks again 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed our reviews as much as enjoyed your book! I definitely do, she loves her books too! Ooh can’t wait to see what it’s going to be! 😊


      1. alexraphael says:

        Thank you. That really does mean so much 🙂 I’ve been totally engrossed in writing the third book so my apologies for the delay in replying. I’m super excited with it and can’t wait to get to the next stage. How wonderful your daughter is surrounded by books. I come from two lines of book readers and it’s a wonderful gift to share.

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