That Summer

That Summer

Book - 2014
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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...
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 sixteen 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 readers 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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250014504
1250014506
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm

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marthabwaters
Jun 06, 2016

This isn't as good as Willig's Pink Carnation series, but fans of the dual-time frame device will probably enjoy this well enough. And I liked it, even if I didn't loooove it -- my only complaint would be an ending that felt a tad bit rushed, and also the turn that one of the two storylines took which was...not quite what I expected. Overall an enjoyable read, though!

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gsh7768
Apr 26, 2015

I did not enjoy this book

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Nov 05, 2014

The book jumps between 2009 and 1849 and the readers are treated to two sweet love stories. The ending was a little rushed. There were some loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up. Overall, a great read!

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stephaniedchase
Jul 03, 2014

Lacks the magic of her PINK CARNATION series.

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kakenny
Jul 02, 2014

I enjoyed learning about the pre-Raphaelite movement. After reading the book, I looked up some of the painters in old art history books, and I will go look at what the Art Institute has.

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