The Summer House Party
In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house party. Within three years, England will be at war, but for now, time stands still.
Dan Ranscombe is clever and good-looking, but he resents the wealth and easy savoir faire of fellow guest, Paul Latimer. Surely a shrewd girl like Meg Slater would see through that, wouldn't she? And what about D...more
I was very lucky to receive a proof copy from Head of Zeus which I will forever treasure.
Its the summer of 1936 and a group of people meet up at the Summer House. Its 'party' time. Champagne is flowing nicely, chit chatter being had and flowing nicely and what would a party be without a little bit of flirting. Dan had a 'thing' for Meg and she was ...more
In 1936 a group of young people gather for a frightfully delightful garden house party. From there we follow them as they grow and start to face the reactions of their choices and watch as they try to cope with the whole world changing around them.
I adored this book and the characters that I got to meet. Meg is so likeable and you do feel great empathy towards her throughout the book. She was my absolute favourite and I was at odds with her choices. ...more
I read this in order to clasp on to the last remaining days of summer. Well, there was certainly enough heat in the first section of the book.! I can’t imagine or even remember the guests of Downton Abbey being this much on heat. Knocks on doors in the middle of the night, stolen kisses on the Chaise Longue and that’s nothing compared to what happens in the little wooden artists haven at the bottom of the garden.
There’s a summer party going on and many guests with their fair share of ...more
I've dipped into Fraser's books set within a set of law chambers, but this family saga/romance is very different and seems to be aimed at Downton Abbey fans. Opening in 1936, it follows a group of friends and relations through love and lust affairs, marriage, separation, heartbreak and war. It doesn't add anything fresh to the genre and is a gentle rather than a gripping read.
The writing can be cliche-ridden: 'she felt the familiar fire glowing in her loins'; ' ...more
I so enjoyed this book. Not being familiar with the author, I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, sometimes, in choosing a book and an author you're not familiar with, brings an unexpected surprise. Caro Fraser writes beautifully, bringing the story, the setting, all the characters wonderfully to life. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more of her work.
Fromthere on it gets slow and sticky. The affair plus her determination, to keep her family intact, takes its toll on Meg. Sudden P ...more
The introductions to characters are primarily made in the first chapter. As the story progresses, the complexity of the characters and relationships becomes evident. The story includes war, survival, infidelity, homosexua ...more
It starts with a summer house party in 1936, against the background of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the abdication crisis in England, and the rise of fascism in Germany. The description in this opening section is at times almost turgidly over-detailed, making for a very slow pace, but things speed up as the house party moves towards its disastrous conclusion, with a death and afterwards a pregnancy of a young nanny.
There f ...more
I loved this book. So atmospheric, the mood reminded me of 'Brief Encounter', Gosford Park' and 'Remains of the Day' full of repressed emotion, stiff upper lips and unspoken passion. The characters are beautifully drawn, complex and fully rounded unlike the cardboard cutouts that modern authors usually give to books set in this period. I felt it dipped slightly in the middle ... a bit too much plot leading the story rather than characters, ...more
The story follows a group of guests who gather at a country house party. The decisions they make that day have far reaching consequences that last through the second world war and beyond.
This is a well written drama of love and betrayal.
It’s the sort of read you never want to put down. The characters are all so realistic and have an important part in the story line. I think that Caro has a considerable depth of experience in so many aspects of life that make the book so totally readable.
I have read all of Carp Fraser's books and have particularly enjoyed the Caper Court series but her stand alone novels are just as enjoyable as she is an excellent writer. Please don't stop writing Carp, your books are appreciated by many I am sure.