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Saint Martin's Summer

Rafael Sabatini

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am ready, monsieur," said she, and her boyish voice had an intrepid ring. "I will come with you as I am."

"Then, in God's name, let us be going."

They moved together towards the door, with never another glance for the Dowager where she stood, patting the head of the hound that had risen and come to stand beside her. In silence she watched them, a sinister smile upon her beautiful, ivory face.

Then came a sound of feet and voices in the anteroom. The door was flung violently open, and a half-dozen men with naked swords came blundering into the room, Marius bringing up the rear.

With a cry of fear Valerie shrank back against the panelled wall, her little hands to her cheeks, her eyes dilating with alarm.

Garnache's sword rasped out, an oath rattled from his clenched teeth, and he fell on guard. The men paused, and took his measure. Marius urged them on, as if they had been a pack of dogs.

"At him!" he snap. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Denna historia är en arvsjakt i Dauphine. Hjälten är där av plikt, totalt ointresserad av den person som är tänkt att tvångsgiftas för arvets skull, bortsett från att hon råkar stå under Drottningens beskydd. Skurken är egentligen inte eländig, utan mest hungrig efter det han ser som sitt eget - fak

My third Sabatini. Not as good as Captain Blood or Scaramouche but more of a classic swashbuckler, perhaps, with a straightforward "save the girl from the tower" type of plot. There were some good fight scenes and the scheming was very fun to watch.

একেবারে খাঁটি মধ্যযুগীয় প্রেমে জবজবে হালকা বীরত্বের মশলা মেশানো রোমান্টিক নভেল। কিন্তু আজকাল যখন সবকিছুতেই প্রায় জোর করে মানব চরিত্রের 'ডার্ক' ব্যাপার-স্যাপার নিয়ে অহেতুক জটিল প্লট নিয়ে প্যাঁচানো চলছে, আর করোনাকালে সময়টাও বেশ বিষণ্ন, তখন এরকম প্রায় রূপকথা পড়তে খারাপ লাগে না। নিজেকে মহা শক্তিশ

St Martin’s Summer features a different protagonist as compared to many other Sabatini novels: he has a bad temper (He makes D'Artagneon in the first parts of The Three Musketeers appear positively restrained.), rather misogynistic, and middle-aged. Despite what some of the other reviewers have stat

Was on the hunt for something not overly taxing and this light adventure/historical romance hit the spot. Don't feel overwhelmed by an urge to rush out and read everything Sabatini's ever done but this was definitely a fun way to give my brain a break. So long as you don't take it too seriously, the

What?! It's evidently been almost a year again ... and I find myself rereading this delightful (still) book. I didn't realize I was falling into this pattern until seeing my comment from last June - below.

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Hey, it's been (almost) a year. Time to reread this delightful book!

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3.5*

Saint Martin's Summer, published in 1909, is a historical romance. This is Sabatini's signature style. Think of it as a very high-toned beach book…
Spoiler alert: if you think you’re going to get a big helping of heaving bosoms and sweaty ravishment, maybe you should pick another book…
Here's my take

A gripping, romantic masterpiece, which starts a little slowly, then generates such suspense that it is a real page turner. Adventure, romance and brilliant writing. This is possibly my favourite Sabatini, although the two Scaramouche books, and the Venetian Masque are strong contenders.

Not the masterpiece that is SCARAMOUCHE, but it's fun to watch Martin Marie Rigobert de Garnache--fortyish, misogynistic, and hot-tempered to boot--fight his way out of one predicament after another. And (of course) do the one thing he's sworn all his life to avoid: succumb to the charms of a woman.

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