That Summer

Willig, Lauren

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
That Summer
"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"-- Provided by publisher

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781250014504
Branch Call Number: FICTION WILLI...L
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 22, 2014

for some reason I just couldn't get into this book.... maybe give it a try some other time.

Nov 05, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_AmandaG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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!

Jul 31, 2014
  • CynScribbler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved everything about this novel. Each of the dual time frames had interesting plots and characters. I've always been fascinated by the pre-Raphaelite period and artists. It was a perfect summer read.

Jul 21, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun dual-narrative Gothic novel full of romance, an old house, art history, family secrets, and a mystery to solve. Bonus: an ending that ties up most of the loose ends yet allows the reader to draw some of their own conclusions. I love that!

Jul 03, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Lacks the magic of her PINK CARNATION series.

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.

Jun 30, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the ins and outs of this charming novel as the family skeletons emerged from the closet .A light, intelligent, stylish read.

Jun 25, 2014
  • dossiere rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

this book was a big dissappointment. could not wait to get done with it. mediocre , at best.

May 01, 2014

A “house book”: heroine inherits an old house crammed with antiques and family secrets. Good summer read.


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