It is 2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it's a joke. She hasn't been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house - with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas - bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open....
In 1849 Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited 16-year-old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.
From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig's That Summer takes listeners on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman’s search for the truth about her past - and herself.
©2014 Lauren Willig (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Because I read a lot of books, I tend to encounter very similar plots. However, this one kept me guessing and I, like the main characters, enjoy a good puzzle, so it was fun following them through their logic and research as they fitted the pieces together.
A captivating and entertaining read, capturing the suppression and hypocrisy of Victorian England as well as the insecurities and complexities of life and relationships today.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Yes, in the beginning, but then I lost interest and did not finish. The opening had so much promise, but then it faltered. Too much back history and not enough character development of the main character If she was so smart as a financial analyst, let us learn why she is so naive and stupid in her interpersonal relationships.
Mostly expected. Again, I did not read all the way because I like smart heroines to be smart heroines.
It was okay enough. I thought the voice used for the americans was pretty lame and shrill. The British voices were better performed.
I was sad that this book just petered out in a slow and boring way. There was so much promise in the beginning. I wish some of the peripheral characters had been more fully developed to add a richness to the plot and prose. Natalie was interesting, despite the set-up scenes, but ...
It stretches credibility that the main character would be so smart and yet she can't talk straight and then lets "the man" take over. This is not realistic or even pleasing to read. If you set a book up as having a smart woman, then follow through. The era of the stupid female must surely be almost over.
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It is not the same depth of a Pink Carnation story. But I liked it. A quick read (listen). I liked the characters in both time lines.
I am looking forward to reading more of this authors books. I stumbled across this book and was hooked. from the first word to the last...it kept me wondering what's to happen next. bravo...thank you
I love Julia, the author made her a real life person
keep my interest from beginning to end!!! That is an accomplishment for any author.
This was purchased on sale with no expectations BUT did I get a surprise. It was a great historical and modern book that was easy to keep up with what year they were in. I love history and how the author brought it to the present to be solved! Had just enough mystery to keep some guessing going on!
The story was creative, bouncing back and forth between the distant past and the present. I would like to for it to have continued with the story a bit longer. The narration was very good. Glad I listened to this one. It was sweet and sad and happy.
Didn't tie up loose ends. Would have liked to have seen more of Julia's English family.
Accents. Different voices. Great reader.
In some ways, it is typical Lauren Willig writing although without the hook that reaches out and grabs you like her Pink Carnation series.
It's a fun listen. Take it or leave it.
I have listened to performances by Nicola Barber before and they were good, but I nearly stopped listening to this because of her American accent. It was very stiff and reminded me of a high school play where the kids are concentrating hard on getting the lines right. It didn't flow like a natural person speaking. It could have been the book though and the way it's written.
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