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Lady Cora Winfield's life has always gone according to plan--her mother's plan. That's why Cora is so fascinated when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdell. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora's mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downf ...more
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Published November 14th 2017 by Sweetwater Books
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Loved it! The details of Cora and Adam, the duke, really made the story for me, as well as their mutual yearning for unconditional and affectionate love. Cora is passionate about horticulture and loves plants and flowers, even trying to rescue the plants that are getting waterlogged in Hyde Park and worrying over the wheat crop of England. Adam is struggling with a lingering injury from Waterloo and the sorrow and grief he has over losing his entire company of soldiers to the violence there. The ...more
Katie W
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars) This is one story that almost took me by more of a surprise than it did the characters. After a semi-slow start, this book whirled me away into a captivating story of the unexpected and charmed the socks off of me.

I often wonder if the world was made up of book characters, how many inhabitants would be perfectly perfect and gorgeous individuals. I loved that Cora and Adam weren't the most handsome of characters, but they each had intriguing qualities that really made them seem like
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Kim
I loved this Regency era romance retelling of the Greek myth of the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades. I was caught on the edge of my seat in suspense with the constant action filled events that kept happening one by one non-stop once we got past that calm beginning. It is only after I finished and could stop gasping in surprise at all the thrilling antagonistic forces that kept trying to physically smack down the characters, that I then could be able to reflect on the similarities between both ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
4.5 stars

This is a regency romance unlike any I have read before. Of course there were plenty of similarities too, but this story took an unbeaten path when the brooding, dark Duke becomes a bit desperate and takes matters of love into his own hands.

The story actually starts out a bit on the slow side with the Duke doing a lot of lurking- which sounds sort of creepy but I just dare you not to fall in love with the Duke of Blackdell. Once the story picks up, it's a surprising and fun ride to the
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
What a fun book! This book has adventure, danger, a kidnapping, and romance. There are many things to keep the attention and interest of the reader.

"The Darkest Summer" takes place in the regency era, but is not your typical regency romance. Adam Douglas, the Duke of Blackwell, is known as the Black Duke. I thought it was a play on his name, but there is more that could be considered in the name. He is brooding, good looking, dark brown hair, and keeps himself apart from society. His family also
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Mindy
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. This regency themed book was different than the norm. I instantly loved Cora. I appreciated her knowledge and passion about plants and how that passion was pivotal in some of her decisions about her future. I also loved Adam. He was a wonderful, brooding mystery. I thought it was very well planned of the author to have Cora and Adam acquainted before the abduction (don’t worry, it’s on the back cover:). I kept thinking to myself, how is this going to work out and end ...more
Melissa
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Jessilyn Peaslee
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, real, romantic (like, hello! :) ...while still being clean and sweet), and exciting! I thought Cora and Adam's relationship grew beautifully. I loved how the original story (the mother, Cora's love of plants/flowers, Adam's sometimes "dark" nature) is weaved in effortlessly. I loved the characters. The descriptions and emotions are real. The pacing was great, especially considering how long they had to travel. :) The cover is breathtaking and the title is perfect.
Amy
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Darkest Summer was an ingenious and captivating retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. I was absolutely glued to this story and when I could not read it, thought about it. This takes place during 1816 which is considered the year with no summer as we now know due to a volcanic eruption that affected the earth’s weather. We are talking snow in July- that is an absolute bone chilling nightmare for me.

Our characters Adam (Hades) and Cora (Persephone) happen to meet that summer. Cora is co
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Andrea
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love getting books in the mail, and there are times when I know a few books are coming during the same time period. In these instances, I love the surprise and discovery when I open these packages. I was very happy when I opened The Darkest Summer. I didn't recall the description, but I loved the cover. It would definitely catch my attention in a bookstore or library.

I was very happy that my good feelings from the outside held while I read the book. It was a very enjoyable, fast read. I've bee
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Sydney
Readers will immediately fall in love with Rebecca J. Greenwood’s novel The Darkest Summer. This is a sweet regency era romance filled with adventure, danger, and excitement, as well as fun and delightfully charming characters. Although the story starts out a little slow, readers will not be disappointed as they keep reading and become enchanted and enthralled with it all. With a kidnapping and an affectionate romance, readers will thoroughly enjoy the development of the relationship between Ada ...more
Robyn Echols
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She got the year right

I have read several Regency novels set in 1816, but this novel got the details right about this particular year. It became known as the year without a summer. Although the inhabitants of Europe did not realize it at the time, the eruption of Mount Tamora in the Dutch East Indies in 1815 was to blame due to the volcanic ash in the upper atmosphere blocking the sun. However, the author uses this phenomenon as the setting and an important element for her novel .

I love how the
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Tayan
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars? This was one I really thought I was going to love based on the premise as well as it’s many lovely reviews. And let me first say, I do agree with what the 4 and 5 star reviews are saying for the most part - as far as how cute of a story it is. The romance is cute, but terribly under developed. And with a plot that seems tricky to pull off well in general, I would’ve hoped for super developed and explored characters. I just couldn’t feel much connection to the characters! I don’t do in ...more
Kanyon
The Darkest Summer is a beautiful love story. I laughed, got a little teary-eyed and felt all the highs and lows along with the characters. I liked Lady Cora, she may have an air of innocence around her, but she knows what she wants and how she feels. Adam was her match and their relationship progress throughout the book inspired hope of true love. Both main characters are struggling with their own fears and their deepest desire is to find someone who can respect them and love them. Their journe ...more
Becca
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
(4.5) It was good, cute and clean. Goodness, I wouldn’t want to go through what they experience on their dash to Scotland (3/4th of the book by the way but not boring). I loved the characters and enjoyed the story. Good development.
Cheri
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
A Regency novel that kept me turning pages.
Cathy
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one! It's a regency romance, but it's quite a lot different from the ones you normally read. I liked everything about it!

I liked Cora, she's a spunky girl that is always a bit at odds with her mother. Cora's been labeled "an original" because of her love and car for all things flower related. I loved the way she's so concerned about the plants outside, because it just keeps raining and raining without stopping. I was a bit sad that her mother locked her out of the orangery where she
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Grace Tolman
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful surprise and I give it a solid 4.5
I picked up this book while browsing through the "new arrival" shelves at my local library. I was drawn by the beautiful cover. It sounded intriguing as well. Not knowing anything about the author and having been unaware of the reviews for it, I placed it in my book bag and checked it out.
Later I checked its rating on Goodreads and was surprised to see so many of the authors that I follow giving this title rave reviews. So I set aside all t
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Camille
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
The Darkest Summer is a retelling of Hades and Persephone set in Regency England during the year 1816 where the United Kingdom faced an unusually cold summer. I thought this was a very creative setting for such a classic story, so I was eager to see how it turned out.

For the most part, I felt the story worked and was cleverly done, but that being said, unfortunately, I didn’t particularly enjoy my reading experience. To begin with what I did like: I loved our Heroine Cora, especially her passio
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LAWonder10
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding tale set in the early 1800's in England and Scotland. It is one of those magnificent "I just couldn't put it down" books!

Due to a family circumstance, Lady Cora Winfield was unable to participate in her first "Coming out" Season in London. since this was now her third one,
she would like to find someone she could be happy with and get out from underneath the "iron thumb" of her mother. She must find someone who
would allow and respect her passion.

Duke Adam Douglas of Blackd
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Candy Briggs
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adam Richard Douglas, Third Duke of Blackdale, had come into England from Scotland. He had some business to attend to. The first time he saw her, she walked across the road with her maid and they carried their umbrellas, it was pouring rain. He fell in love. Lady Cora Persephone Winfield was a horticultralist. Her passion was plants, any kind of plants. She was worried about the crops and flowers because there had been very little sun and just tons of rain.
I enjoyed this story. The play of chara
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Candice Hayden
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So...I saw this book on amazon and checked out the first few chapters (skimmed to see if I would be interested). And so when I got the eBook, I started to go to the first chapter again...I ended up seeing the sixth chapter's title "Abducted" and was like..."What's that? Does the girl get kidnapped?" And so I skipped ahead and WOW!!! I could not put the book down or go back. I was so enthralled with this story line!

It is based in the Regency period, and also a different story based on Hades and P
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Rachel
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for www.compassbookaratings.com

Overall Review:
The Darkest Summer is another superb novel from Cedar Fort's Pure Romance line. Penned by Rebecca J. Greenwood, the story has a fascinating premise. Set in the Regency period, with a plot based on Greek mythology, Greenwood crafts a well-developed storyline that is both plausible and entertaining. Lady Cora will win the hearts of readers while the aptly named Duke of Blackdale creates intrigue and allure. The book also includes an additiona
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AllAboutThoseBooks
Lovely

It reminded me of Sarah M. Eden's work (who also did a take on this myth with a Duke in the Regency period, but the two books are very different) in tone and quality. The writing is strong, descriptive without going on too long, realistic dialogue, and a bluestocking h who is not also an unreasonable shrew. She manages to be independent without being too stupid to live. The mother and Duke are perfectly drawn, each veering back and forth over the line between passionate love and unreasonab
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Leah Feltner
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I felt like this story had potential but it started off a little slow. It finally picked up pace a bit only to drag on and on and on....Lady Cora was bored and restless during her carriage ride/abduction and so was I. Every single mishap imaginable didn’t even make the trip more interesting for me...instead, I found myself rolling my eyes because it seemed a bit excessive.
It felt like in the first half of the book, not enough happened and then in the second half, too much happened. It was just
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Juju
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good historical romance with a twist on the Persephone and Hades story. I hadn't read a romance in a while and this was a good one to pick back up. The characters were well developed and there was humor. The only thing I didn't like was that it ended rather quickly. I feel it could have been a few chapters longer.
JerriLynn
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good romance

I enjoyed this book. It kept enough interest with things being thrown at the couple over and over. I gave this a four instead of a five because at times it seemed a bit slow. I feel like the author did a great job developing the characters and making them likeable.
Patricia K Ogden
A sweet old-fashioned romance!

This was a fun read with a good story and a real romance that stayed sweet all the way through. I enjoyed it tremendously. I gave up reading romance novels many years ago when they became too "heated" and not loving. This book reminded me of the love stories I used to enjoy so much.
Tara
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book could have been soooo good! The premise was sound and it got off to a good start....and then you spend the majority of the book in an endless carriage ride. I had to trudge and force myself through the rest of the book. I liked the two main characters but by the end, I was so annoyed that I didn't care what happened to them.
Tessa
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I have swooned this many times in a novel! Ms. Greenwood’s story of Cora and Adam was positively enchanting. I adored every aspect of their “courtship.” All of the characters were lively and just plain wonderful! Well done Ms. Greenwood, I cannot wait to read another one of your novels!
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Rebecca J. Greenwood is an author, artist, and designer with a love of stories, especially Regency romances. She grew up in Texas as the oldest of six, and studied visual art with a music minor at Brigham Young University. Rebecca lives in Utah with her husband, where she listens to audiobooks, cooks experimentally, has an interest in alternative health, and constantly has a new project in mind. V ...more