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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,403 ratings  ·  341 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Jul 03, 2014 Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jeannette, Hannah, Jill,
Setting: England 2009 and 1849
Steam Factor: Mild

4 1/2 Enjoyable Stars!

There is nothing better than picking up a book and cracking it open, an not expecting to get totally lost in the story. As in...forgot to make dinner,and 3 hours past bedtime in it.
I'm a big fan of past/present stories and the author did a fine job here. It involves a double love story stretching from Victorian England to the present day 2009. This is more than just a love story or a mystery, with it's alternating viewpoints
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Syrie James
I loved this book! It is a page-turning romantic mystery with compelling characters, a clever plot, wonderful imagery involving the chivalric paintings of the pre-Raphaelite artistic movement (I SO WANT one of those!) and a twist that left me gutted. Hugely recommended.
Donna LaValley
Here is another dual-story novel where a young woman from our current time inherits a house in another country and, although she intends to just clear it, sell it, and leave, she discovers family history, mystery, and Love. I must say, this is the perfect formula for “chick lit” and I love it, especially when something extra is added such as ballet (Wildflower Hill) or Pre-Raphaelite art and artists in That Summer.

However, in this book, Julia (main modern character) is hard to like because she’s
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Kate Guinan
I really liked this book when I began. It's the story of a young woman who inherits a house in London from a great aunt she's never met. When she goes there to clean it out, she finds a painting of Tristan and Iseult painted by one of the original Pre-Raphaelites. Trying to find out the details of the painting, she uncovers a mystery involving the painter and a woman who lived in the house in the 1850's. The story is told in parallel time between the contemporary time and the young woman in the ...more
Linniegayl
This was the reverse of The Ashford Affair for me. In this one while I liked both the contemporary and historical sections my favorite part is definitely the contemporary. I would so like to visit them again maybe five years in the future. And when I discovered the hero's name--Nicholas Dorrington!--I just smiled.
Leslie
Interesting plot. Someone should have fired the editor.
Jani Brooks
2009 - Julia Conley has just inherited a house in England from a great-aunt she never knew she had. Since age six, she and her father have lived in New York City, moving there after the death of her mother. Dad, a well-known surgeon, his second wife, and their two sons are all the family Julia has known. With little to no information about her mother’s family, Julia sets off for England to claim the house, sell it, and return to New York. There’s no big rush, though, since Julia has been unemplo ...more
Elizabeth
This is a dual time line story set in both 2009 and 1849. In 2009 a young woman inherits a home in England full of unknown family history. In 1849 in the same home another young woman is struggling with marriage to a cold older man. The two stories are tied together by a mysterious pre-Raphaelite painting.

I enjoyed the 1849 story line much more than the 2009 one. I was frustrated with the protagonist's seeming lack of direction or drive or even enthusiasm about her situation. If Goodreads allowe
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Julie
This dual timeline/stories novel will appeal to fans of Susanna Kearsley. The novel has a little mystery and a little romance. The stories take place in 1849 and 2009, and they converge via a painting. The premise of the story is creative, and while neither plot is terribly complicated, the weaving of the two stories together and providing closure was complex.

A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging book.
Angie
Another winner by Lauren Willing:)

I loved this dual time period story with a mystery, romance and that un-put-downable quality! Both era's leading ladies & gents were very interesting and well drawn characters. A little passion and a little tears...a must read for historical fiction fans.

LW is an amazing writer-love all her stuff. Her books are entertaining, emotional, and yet still humorous. She blends all the things I love flawlessly.
Nancy
An Inheritance, A Victorian Romance, and a Mystery

Julia Conley has been out of work for several months when she inherits the ancestral home of her mother's family. Julia's mother died when she was five, and Julia and her father left England for New York. Her father encourages her to go to England and see the house, but Julia has mixed feeling. She fears encountering all the sadness that surrounded her mother's death. The death her father never talks about.

The house outside of London turns out t
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Patty
That Summer
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My " in a nutshell" summary...

Imogen lives in a house called Herne Hill in the 1840's and Julia inherits it in 2009...Julia is left to discover all of its secrets.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Loved this book but for some odd reason I am reading far too many "jumping into the past" books. This one hops from the 1840's to 2009 and involves Julia, Imogen and a painting. Jobless and newly fired...Julia inherits a house in London where she finds a mysterious paintin
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Amy M
"That Summer" tells the dual stories of Imogen in the 1800s and Julia in today's world. Imogen lived in Hadley House outside of London, which New Yorker Julia inherits from a forgotten aunt 150 years later. Julia decides to temporarily move to London to sell the house, but quickly gets caught up in family mysteries and of course, a handsome man with mysteries of his own.

Back in the mid-1800's, Imogen has her own issues, having married a much older man who has put her on the shelf with his preci
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Holly
Jul 29, 2014 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
*4.5

I admit it took me a good 100 pages to get into this but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. Lauren Willig has become one of my top favorite authors that I will read whatever she puts out.
Thebakingbookworm
My Review: Have you ever finished reading a book and don't have a firm grasp on how you feel about it? You kind of liked it, but kind of didn't. That's where I stand with this book.

On the surface this book has a lot of things that I enjoy in a book - a Gothic setting in a rather creepy ancestral home, dual narrative in two eras and historical references. Sounds great, right? I was expecting this book to be along the lines of the The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton or The Winter Sea by Susanna K
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Hannah Givens
This makes the third Willig book I've read. I'm impressed by her skill in varying the tone -- Pink Carnation, The Ashford Affair, and That Summer are all extremely different in tone. That Summer is intense, but it's not a whirlwind of overwrought emotions. There's something about it that's calculating, and that suits its characters very well.

It does suffer from a bit of the same problem I noted in Pink Carnation... The bit of the story set in the future isn't an entirely satisfying story on its
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Rebekah
So, first of all, I probably should let you know that I loooove Lauren Willig books. This review is of a glowing nature.

10 Notable things about That Summer:

10.) I absolutely adored this book. After reading it I immediately logged onto Amazon and bought The Ashford Affair kindle edition.

9.) Lauren Willig knows what she’s talking about. After graduating from Yale, she attended Harvard for a PhD in English History, but switched to Harvard Law while writing her first book in her popular Pink Carna
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Alix
I really liked this! My expectations were neutral going in since I had liked The Ashford Affair but wasn't overly impressed by it and the recent Pink Carnation books have left me ambivalent but this was great! I really liked Julia. I was fully immersed in her story and her past. I thought the book did an excellent job jumping from Julia's timeline to Imogen's (much better then in TAA) and I was actually invested in both stories. (view spoiler) ...more
Katie Rekowski
Takes place 1849 and 2009, back and forth. 2009, Julia Conley inherits a house in outside London. While sorting through the debris collected over the decades by the past members of this house, Julia discovers a painting her deceased mother did, untouched by time as well as a painting from long ago. The painting, done by a preRaphaelic painter, Gavin Thorne, depicted the lovers Islet and Tristan as the "king" slant eyed peered over to his wife, Islet.

Imogen Grantham, the 1840s character, and to b
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Elena Cruz
Decent book but not great. The first 80% was better then the last 20%. This is the story of two romances that parallel each other and is ancestral and revolves around the family homestead Herne Hill. Imogen is a frustrated Victorian housewife in 1848 with an emotionally unavailable husband/widow who considers her more if a decoration than an actual wife. Imogene is constantly undermined by the husbands first wife's sister Jane. Her husband commissions an artist named Gavin Thorne. to paint Imoge ...more
Warren-Newport Public Library
Lauren just gets better and better and though I LOVE her Pink Carnation series, I think I am becoming a bigger fan of her stand-alone. Lauren has a way of blending time frames and characters so beautifully that the stories mesh seamlessly.

In That Summer, it is 2009 and Julia Conley learns that she has inherited a house outside of London from an unknown great-aunt. Being unemployed and untethered, Julia decides to go see her new home, Herne Hill, to sort through things in the hopes of listing it.
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Liz Mcbooks
I just finished That Summer: A Novel and wanted to share my review this week for you! This book has two plots and time periods running at the same time.

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! When she finally returns this house has been in need of serious cleaning & maintenance. She quickly gets set to work and
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Tatyana Fisher
An out of work British expat in NYC learns she has just inherited a house in one of London's posh suburbs.

After her mother’s death in a car accident, she and her father moved to New York, where he came to prominence as a surgeon and she grew into a driven stock analyst. She’s been adrift since she was laid off, though, so the notification about inheriting a house from her great-aunt offers the break she needs. On her first day back she’s surprised by a cousin, Natalie, who suspiciously offers t
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Carolyn Hill
This book checks a lot of my favorite boxes. An American girl inherits a large old house with a huge overgrown garden in London - check. Discovers an unknown Pre-Raphaelite painting in a wardrobe - check. Meets an antique dealer who could be played by Jude Law - check. And add a dual time frame with a mystery in the past - check. What's not to like? Willig tried to give the contemporary characters some depth by giving them relationship/abandonment issues stemming from the loss of a parent. But i ...more
Christina
Jun 16, 2014 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina by: Austenprose
After a successful divergence from her Napoleonic spy romances of the Pink Carnation series with the post-Edwardian The Ashford Affair, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig again embarks on another stand-alone narrative. Entangling one generation with the past is Willig’s trademark, and That Summer is of modern day Julia Conley as well as her ancestors in 1849.

In 2009, motherless Julia inherits an old family house in England from a great Aunt Regina Ashe, a woman she cannot even recal
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Jill
This book employs some tropes currently very popular - there are two sets of couples, one in the past and one in the future, who are tied together in some way that becomes more clear as the story progresses; each couple goes through similar relationship arcs; and the narrative goes back and forth between the two time periods.

Most of this story takes place in the same Gothic house in Herne Hill, a district in south London, England. In the summer of 2009, Julia Conley discovers she has inherited t
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Christine
I received an ARC of this book.

I'm a huge fan of Lauren Willig's books and one thing I love about them is that there's a healthy dose of humor in all of them. The heroines are all a little bit clumsy and geeky, like all of us, and have plenty of "d'oh!" moments that make them completely relatable. One of the first things I noticed about this book is that it lacked that level of humor, but I didn't miss it.

Over the last 10 years, Lauren Willig's writing has matured, developed and broadened so mu
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Laurie
‘That Summer’ takes place in two times: 2009 and 1849 (with some brief interludes in earlier years). In 2009, Julia in New York has just inherited an old family house from her great aunt Regina- a woman she doesn’t even remember. Jobless, she decides to go see the house in England and put it in shape for a quick sale. She has family there; some cousins who believe the house should have gone to them and are very eager to help Julia sort through the piles of old things in the house, even bringing ...more
Wendy
May 27, 2014 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"That Summer" by Lauren Willig which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a fascinating romantic story that explores the mysterious past of Herne Hill, a house in London. As the story unfolds Julia Conley has arrived in England her memory of the house distorted by heartbreak. Met at the house by her cousins Natalie and Andrew as well as the handsome art dealer, Nicholas Dorrington she accepts their help in getting her property ready to sell. But, when she finds a pre- Raphaelite painting hidden in ...more
Stephanie Leiann
I really liked That Summer. It was different from Lauren Willig's other Pink Carnation books but still followed her familiar historical fiction paralleling present day set up. I love how she melds the two times together, one thing that I enjoyed about her Pink Carnation books and also enjoyed in this novel as well. The beginning was a little slow, but the plot definitely picks up and then it felt lightening fast to the end. The modern day heroine has some quirks about her and there is a sense of ...more
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard befor ...more
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