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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 ...more
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Temi Panayotova
Feb 16, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Jul 03, 2014 Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Eva
Jun 23, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
След като дочетох книгата чувствата ми надделяха.
4,5/5 звездички и нова книга на рафтчето за "любими". :)
Leslie
Jul 24, 2014 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot. Someone should have fired the editor.
Syrie James
Jun 22, 2014 Syrie James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Елена
Aug 21, 2015 Елена rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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: http://peruseprogram.blogspot.com/201...
Pamela
Jun 05, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Linniegayl
Jun 07, 2014 Linniegayl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Victoria
Jul 28, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Totally loved it. It's perfect mix of historical events and romantic moments.
Julie
Jul 24, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Holly
Jul 29, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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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
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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Patty
Apr 29, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That Summer
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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
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Amy M
Aug 08, 2014 Amy M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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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Caitlin
I had higher hopes for this book. It had an old house needing to be cleaned out, family secrets, the narration went back and forth in time- all some of my favorite! However, the execution was not all that great. It was rather boring for the first half of the book. The novel could have used some sub plots. It was an ok read, just not a great one.
Darla
May 28, 2016 Darla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book switching between two different time periods and two different women in one family; bittersweet ending that I wished was different, but worked for the book.
Alix
Sep 30, 2014 Alix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 27, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
This is a story set in two time frames. As we have come to expect with many such novels, the two intersect.
In 2009 Julia Conley inherits a house outside London from a great aunt. Living in New York Julia hasn’t been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was a young child. But curiosity gets the better of her. She makes the trip back to England and to Herne Hill to be met in the house by her cousin Natasha. She also meets the antique dealer Nic
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Andrea
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.
Doroti
Jun 21, 2015 Doroti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Разкошна история в две паралелни сюжетни линии, разделени от 160 години и протичащи около една къща. Знам, звучи банално. Бавно, кротко и спокойно се развива - толкова спокойно, че до след средата започваш да се притесняваш, че дочитането няма смисъл. Но упоритостта се възнаграждава с едни ненормални последни страници (не знам колко - около 1000 цъка на телефона от около 3800 цъка книга).
Средата на 19 век - не-щастлива млада жена, вкопчена в глупаво показен (бездетен) брак и заварена дъщеря, кя
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Blagovesta
Ако кажа, че книгата не е банално написана и блести с хубав стил - ще излъжа. По принцип не посягам към такива книги, дразнят ме наивните и блудкави диалози и отношения. Но тази я прочетох и съм доволна като за оценка 3 от 5. Напомни ми стила на Кейт Мортън.
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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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