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That Summer | [Lauren Willig]

That Summer

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Susan Freeport, NY, United States 02-11-15
    Susan Freeport, NY, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2004
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    "History, Mystery & Romance"

    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.

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    Gail PASCO, WA, United States 01-24-15
    Gail PASCO, WA, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2008

    I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy Adventure, ...

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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.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 06-27-14
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 06-27-14
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    "I liked it"

    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.

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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-04-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2014

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

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mostly expected. Again, I did not read all the way because I like smart heroines to be smart heroines.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    It was okay enough. I thought the voice used for the americans was pretty lame and shrill. The British voices were better performed.


    Could you see That Summer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    LCNanny 09-28-14
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    Where does That Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top third. It's an enjoyable book to listen to and the plot has a steady pace. I thought there could have been a bit more character development and discussion about other items found in the house to make it personnel and to help the reader connect more with the characters. But overall, I have no complaints or regrets


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