Morning and happy Sunday!!  Today I’ve got a review for you on the blog tour of The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael, a short story of one mans quest to win back his ex….

book blurb & info

In the summer of love, or rather of madness, a whole set of stories are emerging. But there is one that has got everyone talking. When Kurt Vannes decides to win back his ex-girlfriend with the help of a literary classic, he sets off a string of events that will build to a dramatic finale.

Formats available: Paperback & eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


my thoughts

At less than 50 pages this is a quick and entertaining read.  After his girlfriend leaves him, Kurt is determined to get her back.  But nothing is working…so he takes drastic action! But will his plans work?

Despite the fact that Kurt only has himself to blame for his situation, I couldn’t help but hope that his efforts would work!  I found myself quickly reading through this to see whether he’d be successful or whether he’d left it too late.  There were moments in this that will make you laugh, and others that will make you disgusted at the way humans can behave towards each other.

The plot is good and I could actually see someone doing this is real life!  The overall take away message from this is definitely to appreciate what you’ve got, don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re realising what you used to have.

Only a short review from me today, as I don’t want to ruin it, but overall a lovely unique short story.  Recommended by me.



about the author

Half-Welsh, half-Mexican and growing up in London, Alex Raphael was surrounded by different influences and interests. But it was always books that spoke to him most and had the greatest impact.

He started writing when at college, where his love of reading evolved into a desire to write, in particular focusing on poetry and short stories. Studying English and American Literature at university meant he took a break from writing, as well as giving him the chance to see more of Mexico on his travels. He concentrated on his journalistic career while working on different writing projects, but his favourite genre of literature has always been short stories as they are what first inspired him to write.

That’s why his first book was The Summer of Madness, a romantic short story that tells of a guy who goes out to try to win his ex-girlfriend back. Will you be rooting for Kurt and his big public gesture or is it more complicated than that and you don’t want her to date him again? Either way you’ll get to know a memorable set of characters along for the ride.

His second book Illusions, Delusions reflects Raphael’s love of alternative short stories from the writers of his childhood and challenges the idea of the narrative. Will your favourite be the story in the form of a questionnaire, a poem or a set of jokes, among the seven very different styles?

Alex Raphael is currently working on his third collection of short stories, which will provide a wide blend of genres and an assortment of very original premises and distinctive character, with his trademark imagination, humour and memorable dialogue.

Where to find Alex online: Website ~ WordPress

tour info

Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Alex for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day my lovelies

Chelle x

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One Reply to “Blog Tour & Review: The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael @rararesources”

  1. I’m so happy you liked it Chelle! And unique is a wonderful word 🙂 I’m so glad it made you laugh too. Thanks for promoting it.

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