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That Summer

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  4,604 Ratings  ·  623 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, 342 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Temi Panayotova
Jun 12, 2015 Temi Panayotova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Честно да си призная „Онова лято“ е първата книга в такава историческа насока, която чета (възможно е да има и други). И макар този жанр книги да са ми малко далечни, с радост искам да кажа, че определено грабна вниманието ми още от самото начало.

Не само с интересният сюжет, но и с мистерията около загадъчната картина, стояща зад гардероба в една стара къща от векове. Определено ми хареса преплитането на два различни свята, на миналото и бъдещето, в една
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Apr 30, 2014 Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2015 Елена rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Лорън Уилиг е нанадминат разказвач, който умело ни представя събития от две различни епохи. Контрастът между живота на жените от ХIХ век и тези от наши дни е поразителен, но предизвикателствата на любовта остават все същите. Авторката е създала буйни и колоритни герои, а с историческите детайли е успяла да придаде на историята нюанси на тайнственост и романтика. Това е една красива история за изкуството, поезията, любовта и загубата.

Цялото ревю:
Jun 06, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing
След като дочетох книгата чувствата ми надделяха.
4,5/5 звездички и нова книга на рафтчето за "любими". :)
Donna LaValley
Jul 28, 2014 Donna LaValley rated it liked it
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
Syrie James
May 23, 2014 Syrie James rated it it was amazing
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.
Laurie - The Baking Bookworm
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
Jul 10, 2014 Leslie rated it it was ok
Interesting plot. Someone should have fired the editor.
Деница Райкова
С много голямо удоволствие прочетох романа на Лорън Уилиг "Онова лято".
"Заканвам" й се от половин година, но моментът настъпи едва преди няколко дни. Очаквах увлекателна и приятна история, малко викторианска загадъчност, малко съвременна романтика... и ги получих. Но получих и много повече.
Има книги, които те завладяват неусетно - час след като отвориш първата страница и си кажеш: "Я да видим какво имаме тук", изведнъж установяваш, че си прехвърлил петдесетата страница и изобщо, ама изобщо не ис
Kate Guinan
Jun 06, 2014 Kate Guinan rated it it was ok
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
Sep 25, 2013 Pamela rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
3.5 stars. I really like dual timeline stories, and there were definitely aspects of this book that I liked. However, I really wish Aunt Regina and her "family secrets" would have been more developed. I think it would have added more depth to the story. I also felt there should have been a little more time given to the mystery of Thorne and Aunt Jane. It just felt sort of rushed at the end to tie it all up.
Jani Brooks
Apr 21, 2014 Jani Brooks rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2014 Linniegayl rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 25, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

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.
Vania Prodanova
Читателската ми душа негодува и същевременно е в екстаз от прочетеното.
Съвременната история, развиваща се през 2009 г. ми беше някак между другото, дори малко ме дразнеше не много добрият опит за чиклит. Двамата герои не ми бяха много на сърце, образите им не изглеждаха реалистично на хартия, но пък чудесно допълваха мистерията около това, което прави книгата толкова невероятна - историята за любовта на вглъбения и талантлив художник Гавин и красивата дама Имоджен. Това е сюжетната линия, което
My sister-in-law recommended this one, and I'm so glad I listened. The beginning was a tad slow, and I wasn't sure where the plot was going, but when it picked up, I was consumed. The audiobook was great, with a new-to-me narrator I enjoyed.

Perfect for readers/listeners who enjoy books with dual timelines, mystery, and a bittersweet love story. This is my second Lauren Willig book. She's a fantastic writer.
Jul 24, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
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.
I am currently on vacation with wishy-washy internet connection, so this will be brief. If you like a murder mystery, art history, Austenian relationships, and dual time settings, this book is for you!

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Jul 19, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Totally loved it. It's perfect mix of historical events and romantic moments.
Oct 10, 2015 Вероника rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Краят на книгата може само да ме накара да убия авторката.
Mar 29, 2017 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book with two stories, in different generations where the characters are connected--this time through a house outside London that Julia Conley inherits from her Aunt Regina. That is the modern-day protagonist. With alternating chapters we are introduced to Imogen, Julia's ancestor, who lived in the house in a loveless marriage. As Julia cleans the house of years of belongings, she is drawn to a painting of a lady that hangs in the house. Along with cousins and their friend, Nicholas, an ...more
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
Apr 26, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it
That Summer
Lauren Willig

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
Nadine Jones
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I avoided real life so that I could keep reading. I stayed way too late so I could finish it.

I don't know why it's not shelved as a romance at my library; maybe because it's not a typical romance. It's more of a Shakespearean tragic romance. Kind of a Tristan and Isolde romance, but no kings and no potions, and a lot of other stuff is different too.

Like the Pink Carnation books, this is a contemporary romance and historical romance told in par
Elena Cruz
Aug 27, 2014 Elena Cruz rated it liked it
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
Amy M
Aug 03, 2014 Amy M rated it liked it
"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
Sep 05, 2013 Alix rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2016 Cassandra rated it did not like it
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Jun 03, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing
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.
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen 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 before ...more
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