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The Last Summer | [Judith Kinghorn]

The Last Summer

Clarissa is almost 17 when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled.
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Publisher's Summary

Clarissa is almost 17 when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled.

Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider. Ambitious, clever, his sights set on a career in law, Tom is an acute observer, and a man who knows what he wants. For now, that is Clarissa. As Tom and Clarissa's friendship deepens, the wider landscape of political life around them is changing, and another story unfolds: they are not the only people in love. Soon the world - and all that they know - is rocked by a war that changes their lives forever.

©2012 Judith Klinghorn (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A sumptuous, absorbing tale of love in time of war." (Rachel Hore, author of A Place of Secrets)

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    "Romantic, heartbreaking, heartwarming"

    I found it hard to even begin another book after listening to The Last Summer because I just keep thinking about it. It's descriptive writing draws you into the story. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. It's hard to stop listening. I recommend this book! FYI, the sex scenes are graphic but can be skimmed over.

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    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 02-24-15
    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing Narrator"

    I think the storyline was good and yes, it was well written. However the narrator's voice drew me in at once and made me care what happened to the characters.
    I would love another of Judith Klinghorn's works to be recorded for Audible with the same narrator.
    I love this period in British history as well and I would be sure to buy it

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    "Downton Abbey meets The Great Gatsby"

    This seemed like a mash-up of Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby. Entertaining ultimately insubstantial, and MUCH too drawn-out. Lovely narration, however, which kept me listening.

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    "I couldn't put the book down."
    What did you love best about The Last Summer?

    This book drew my emotions right along with the main character. My heart ached along with hers every page of the book. It painted a beautiful story of what true love and devotion should feel like.


    What other book might you compare The Last Summer to and why?

    I found it interesting to read how the women were expected to play a "supportive" role during the war. Emotions and feelings were put aside.


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

    I loved reading Clarissa's thoughts while presenting another form of action.


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

    I loved the narration.


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