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The Darkest Summer

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Sweetwater Books
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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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 co
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
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
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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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
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.
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
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
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
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
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A regency retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone which stays very close to it's source material in plot. This unfortunately means that the author insists on love at first sight, which I don't believe in, so that weakens the story for me. I really liked the characters though and I loved the eventual relationship between Cora and Adam. Cora's relationship with her mother on the other hand did not work as the author intended. We are told that it is close and loving but what we see of C ...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
3.5 stars. It was very interesting learning about the year 1816 in conjunction with reading The Darkest Summer, the year this novel is set. 1816 is referred to as the "Year Without a Summer", because of severe climate changes that occurred, which seems to have been mostly caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tombora in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. There is a lot of rain and mud in this story!

I think it would be difficult to retell the story of Hades and Persephone without the Hades
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
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-era

This is a retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone, particularly when Hades kidnaps Persephone to take her to the Underworld; or, in this case, a far and distant place.... Scotland!

My favorite part was the setting! This is why I had to give it 5 stars!

I thought it was very clever to set this book in the year 1816. It literally was the Year Without a Summer, thanks to the eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia in 1815. This volcanic eruption was so large that the debris and ash caused weather
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.
Dana Michael
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Romance

I enjoyed this clean and sweet historical romance. I learned a bit about the year of no summer. That makes me want to research that even more. The characters were likeable and kisses sweet. I look forward to more books by this author.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
A Regency novel that kept me turning pages.
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
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve never read the story of Hades and Persephone, so to me this was just another Regency story. It’s also my first book by author Rebecca J. Greenwood.

Lady Cora Winfield and the tall, dark Duke of Blackdale from Scotland, Adam Douglas have an instant connection even before they are formally introduced. As Adam maneuvers his life to be where Lady Cora is, the two are visual magnets to each other. Finally, when they meet formally, the two have an even more intense connection. The problem is Cora
Sarah Grass
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I suppose things ended well, but the first half of the story was disturbing.

Adam's obsession with Cora was NOT romantic. He stalks her and then kidnaps her- not in a cute misunderstanding way, but in a forcibly gagging and tying her up way. Adam thinks of her as "his", wants to OWN her purity and goodness. He constantly manipulates Nora through "plant bribing"as well, exploiting her weakness. He must have her.
I'm used to the tortured hero characterization, but the Black Duke has the creepy fee
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
Mirian Parrish
2,5 stars

An okay story, but honestly it could have been better. 80 per cent of the book was in a carriage it feels like.. I would have had more of seeing Adam show Cora his home and how he treats his people, it would have made for a more believable and less cringy hades and persophone kidnapping.
Kimberly Rivers
The Endless Carriage Ride

I thought it was good but not more than that. Spoiler Alert: The carriage ride took approximately 60% of the book. I felt like I wanted to jump out of the carriage and I was only reading about it. Besides that everything else was pretty good.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I give this book 3.5 stars. I did enjoy the story and I thought it was well written, but there were just a few things that I didn’t love. Some of it was just a little bit too unbelievable and the carriage ride felt like most of the book.
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
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
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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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

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