Fifteen-year-old Karen, upset by the loss of a boyfriend and her parents rocky marriage, spends a hot summer vacation with her Aunt Augusta, an eccentric English teacher, in a small Midwestern town and learns many things about love, life, and growing up. Although set in the 1950s, readers of any age should be able to identify with Karen's struggle to understand her parents, her unconventional aunt, her troubled new boyfriend, and her own evolving emotions.
I absolutely loved this story. It is set in the 50’s yet it could really be in any era. The small town where Augusta lives is like any small town - everyone knows everyone’s secrets. It is a fairly slow moving story, taking place over Karen’s time with her Aunt and the stories she tells her of her life and past loves. When Karen meets George, a 17 year old who has also been sent to the town to stay with his grandparents, she finally learns what love is really about. This was a truly lovely story; I was hooked from start to finish and did not want it to end. In fact I would love to read more about what happened next. This story is definitely worth reading.