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Summer at the Lake | [Erica James]

Summer at the Lake

A fateful car crash sets in motions a series of events for Floriana, Esme. Floriana gathers the courage to attend the wedding of her one true love, and Esme journeys with her to Lake Como to find the man who stole her heart many years ago. It’s time for Esme and Floriana to face the past - and the future - on the shore of the most romantic and enchanting of lakes.
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Publisher's Summary

A fateful car crash sets in motions a series of events for Floriana, Esme.

Floriana gathers the courage to attend the wedding of her one true love, and Esme journeys with her to Lake Como to find the man who stole her heart many years ago. It’s time for Esme and Floriana to face the past - and the future - on the shore of the most romantic and enchanting of lakes.

©2013 Erica James (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 07-28-14
    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 07-28-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Lovely story, sad and happy."
    What did you love best about Summer at the Lake?

    That is wasn't fantasy, real life can be like this.


    What other book might you compare Summer at the Lake to and why?

    Don't compare books, they each have their own merits.


    What does Antonia Beamish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her narration. Pleasant voice and good with accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but unfortunately I don't have time. Perhaps one day!


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable story and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 06-18-14
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Do your self a favor and listen to this. If you like your books with strong characters and plots- this one is for you. I measure my enjoyment by whether I would re-listen - I definitely would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Olmsted Twp, OH, United States 04-09-14
    Sarah Olmsted Twp, OH, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story picks up halfway through, narrator terrible."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the ending, honestly, if you've purchased it and stopped listening, I promise it picks up in the second half. Just unfortunate that it took 7 hours to get there!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Antonia Beamish’s performances?

    No way. I felt like it could have been 2 hours shorter if she'd just stopped all the pausing and halting! I love her vocal tone and I'm sure she's lovely but this was not a great reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 03-02-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2014

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "A sweetly woven tale of lovable characters"
    Where does Summer at the Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not a query I can answer as I listen to so many types. i will say that Erica James told a great story here and held my interest throughout. Loved the locales of Oxford and Lake Como in Italy, and Venice, too. Great fodder for armchair travelers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fiorina and Esme, equally. Both were lovable and clearly drawn women.


    Have you listened to any of Antonia Beamish’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have. She is a very good reader and I love her measured, soft tone of voice. She is exceedingly listenable as a reader.


    If you could take any character from Summer at the Lake out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Esme because she has more tales to tell and is the wise elder, yet vulnerable. She orders a martini in Venice. Perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    While I loathe such comment, I make one here. This is a perfect novel to read on a holiday or when not well. It is the perfect gift to a friend who needs cheering up and also a laugh ot two. It is perfectly balanced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Miss M
    England
    4/20/14
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    "Not as absorbing as most"
    Would you try another book written by Erica James or narrated by Antonia Beamish?

    Yes; despite not loving this one and finding the previous listen (The Real Katie Lavender) not quite as fantastic as some; Erica James has written some of my favourite audios ever ( and there have been a lot) for me, this was a blip, not a blooper and I look forward to more.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many, many Erica James audiobooks; I've enjoyed them all and absolutely loved several. This was her most disappointing to date. The switch between present day and the salad days of one Esme, now in her eighties, did not work for me.I'm usually so absorbed by a current day story that going back in time is often a slightly frustrating plot device. However it can work brilliantly and two parallel time-separated,yet interwoven stories can become equally thrilling. Sadly this was not the case here and I just couldn't hold my concentration when we moved away from the present. I appreciate without it the plot would have been thin and this is a subjective reaction. But this is not James' finest work and does not do her justice. It's nice enough and well-read - just a bit 'meh.'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Syresham, United Kingdom
    4/13/14
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    "Lovely story, questionable narration"

    This was a lovely, easy to follow story with believable characters who were well described by the author. The tale flowed well and was good to follow. I won't spoil your enjoyment of the listen by going over the story itself. However, for me it was spoiled by the narration. Antonia Beamish has a lovely voice, but it seemed to me that in her desire to speak clearly and enunciate each word she lost the flow of the phrases and sentences, thus giving the story-telling a spiky feel rather than a smooth, unobtrusive way of getting the words into the listeners head. A shame as the story itself deserved better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    London, United Kingdom
    3/19/14
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    "Gently romantic story set in Oxford and Italy."
    Would you try another book written by Erica James or narrated by Antonia Beamish?

    Yes, I would read rather than listen to one of her books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that there is more than one main character but that their lives overlap.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Antonia Beamish?

    Sadly, I thought that Antonia Beamish's halting style was extremely annoying - she seemed to add her own punctuation to the prose making the narration clunky and difficult to listen to.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    May be.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, I wont download anything read by Antonia Beamish again unless it's a reference book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CHRISIE
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "I left my world and lived in this one for week"
    What made the experience of listening to Summer at the Lake the most enjoyable?

    The characters built by the clever uncover of each of their pasts. I really enjoyed esmes past set in Italy the beautiful love story. I really enjoyed the unlikely joining of the 3 main characters .


    What other book might you compare Summer at the Lake to, and why?

    It's hard to compare the book as it isn't like another story I've read. In terms of writing style and depth of research it's similar to Marian Keyes. Not like any of Marian's story just style and the way the characters build.


    What does Antonia Beamish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The accents were good and her Italian was amazing. She really brought the story alife I didn't notice she was a lady when reading male characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would of liked to read in one sitting but too long think my ears would have fell off. The bulk was listened to over Saturday and Sunday while sunbathing.. Infact buy this for a holiday listen on the beach


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually give five but for the fact I haven't stopped thinking about the story. I'll have to search for a discussion group of readers echo have read the story and want to discuss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "What a good listen."
    Would you listen to Summer at the Lake again? Why?

    Yes I enjoyed this story, great to get to know the characters and they are all interesting. It crosses many years and you feel through each period of time you know what has happened


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer at the Lake?

    When the older characters finally get to meet after such a long time, it would be great for lots of people to clarify earlier misunderstandings.


    What about Antonia Beamish’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes actually it was but I don't have that much spare time in one go but found it very easy to pick up where left off.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed nearly all Erica's books and do look forward to new ones in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnies40
    Largs, United Kingdom
    3/21/14
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    "Disappointing!"
    What disappointed you about Summer at the Lake?

    The story was so slow, so little happened, that after forcing myself to listen for three hours in the hope that it would liven up I gave up and turned it off. Not one of Erica James' better stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sadly, the name Esme was mispronunced. As this is my name I should know! It is french and spelt correctly the last "e" has an accent above it like the name Andre and the word cafe so the correct pronunciation would be Esmay. Unfortunately the narrator did not do her homework and pronunced it "me" at the end instead of "may", made me cringe.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was set in Oxford, I like Oxford and am a Morse and Lewis fan, the main character Floriana is a tour guide in Oxford.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a waste of money, don't bother.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jacqui
    Great Britain
    7/31/15
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    "enjoyable feel good story."

    Enjoyable feel good story with refreshing cross generational friendships. two stories woven together. nice summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    St Neots, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "predictable and childlike"

    Obvious story line. Really annoying narrator who over enunciated the life out of the book and obliterated any feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    EXETER, United Kingdom
    7/17/15
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    "Good book."

    this is another good book from Erica James. I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was good to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sdk
    6/18/15
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    "Wonderful read"

    This is the second book I read by Erica James and once again I loved it!. Erica makes you feel as though you are right in the middle of the story. Characters and their relationships are described beautifully. Until the last few chapters you keep wondering how it all will end.
    I would recommend this book if you are in for an emotional, romantic and beautiful read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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