The Bandwagon reviewer Chris Douglas reviews Four Season Summer and Season’s End by Ellie Rose McKee.
Chris Douglas is a storyteller, word weaver, and new book reviewer for The Bandwagon. He enjoys writing, from novels to scripts, as a way to understand why “they did that” – secretly he’s just nosy. He is often found with a notepad and the biggest mug, or wine glass, he can find – not just your stereotypical drunk. Always looking to solve a crime before the end of your story (Crime/Thriller), he sometimes likes to travel to distant worlds and become magical (Sci-Fi/Fantasy), even though he has a lot of growing up to do (Young Adult/Coming of Age). He, mostly, enjoys anything with a bit of drama. You can follow his journey on Twitter: @_ChrisDotMe
Four Season Summer is a novelette in two parts. Four Season Summer is as much a war as it is a love story. Two rival step-siblings, the girl, and the twin who gets caught in the middle of it.
Everything seems rosy for Tom and Brooke as they embark on their final summer before Brooke starts college. It’s a tragic ride for these two, with Tom torn between love and his runaway twin sister. And then his jealous step-brother, Rob, does the unthinkable, and pays for it dearly.
Ellie Rose McKee blends light and dark wonderfully as this teenage love story takes a turn for the worst. She pushes the relationship to the brink, showing that the actions of one person can derail the lives of others. She pulls us in to Brooke’s new hell, whose feelings are impaired as she is forced apart from her boyfriend.
Season’s End picks up four years after the events of Four Seasons Summer. Tom, now out of prison, finds Brooke has moved back to his side of town.
Upon meeting, the two try to make sense of their feelings and the events that preceded them. Both of them find themselves drawn to each other and unwilling to make definite decisions.
We’re given a lesson in forgiveness and letting go, which Ellie Rose McKee portrays honestly showing us that while you may grow from experience, not every experience can be be settled amicably.
Mckee takes a snapshot of life after tragedy and, refreshingly, doesn’t try to fix it. She leaves us with endless possibilities, showing that a future is still obtainable.