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A Summer to Remember

(Bedwyn Saga)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,645 ratings  ·  457 reviews
Mary Balogh weaves a tantalizing web of wit and seduction in her new novel—an irresistible tale of two unlikely lovers and one unforgettable summer.

Kit Butler is cool, dangerous, one of London’s mostinfamous bachelors—marriage is the last thing on his mind. But Kit’s family has other plans. Desperate to thwart his father’s matchmaking, Kit needs a Enter Miss
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Dell (first published August 2002)
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Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas, Sarah McLean, Courtney Milan and everyone else looking for a great HR
Recommended to Susanne by: The lovely ladies in the RLftCI group
5+ shining stars!

Enchanting, colorful, sparkling, romantic, well-crafted, endearing, heartwarming, wondrous and beautiful.
"I think that spending a summer in you company, masquerading as your betrothed, would be rather...adventurous."
Sometimes ít's more difficult to write a review for a book you really loved. Nothing you say can really convey how fantastic the book was! And you don't want to spoil anything, beacuse the discovery was such a treat. This book was just that. I am so excited to hav
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: Magnolia88 & seton from Amazon
I absolutely loved this book! Right from the start, Ms. Balogh's writing enchanted (there isn't another word for it) me and, before I knew it, I was in love with both Kit and Lauren. :)

This was not a story full of action, escapades and mysteries to be solved. It didn't take me into an emotional rollercoaster that ended up leaving me happily drained at the end. It was, pure and simple, a love story about two people who, at first, seemed ill-suited but couldn't have been more right to each other.
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Kit Butler has been ordered to take up the reins deemed by his family and marry, wanting to thwart his father’s plans for a his marriage and when a wager is set between him a his fellow friends to marry the coldest and most proper woman of the season in a short amount of time, Kit is surprised when this woman he’s out to marry sets him a new wager.
Once a jilted bride Lauren Edgeworth is getting back into society after her misfortune almost wedding, when well know rake Viscount Ravensberg star
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a very well-written book with layers. Kit seems like a carefree scapegrace who goes through life not caring for much, but he's very tortured inside. He cares very deeply, and blames himself for the death of his brother, who was originally the heir. His family blames him too. Lauren has had to pretend that she is not devastated about her broken engagement and the embarrassment it caused her when he fiance leaves her at the altar when his long lost wife returns (One Night For Love). Kit s ...more
Duchess Nicole
A hero who uses a playful, careless demeanor to cover up his hurts and troubles, and a heroine who is desperate for someone to love her enough. I love the convincing that takes place, and even more than that, I love the moment of inevitable surrender. Beautiful story.
Joanna Loves Reading
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, reviewed
This book nearly had it all. My love and hate. I very nearly did not finish, and I am so glad I did. It was touching and lovely.

Lauren was a lovely heroine. I felt so much for her. She had recently been jilted- at the altar. How humiliating for her especially when she prided herself in following the rules and doing the right thing, especially when her bridegroom was as close to her as a brother as they grew up in the same house. Her friends and family were his friends and family, equally wanting
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
Reread Feb 22 2018:
3.5 to 4 stars. Enjoyable reread.

Original review 22 Jan 2017:
A lovely prequel to the Bedwyn series. It sets things up well for some of the Bedwyn books (aka the 'Slightly' series), especially for Freyja's story. We see the other side of Freyja's failed romance with Kit Butler, and it gives more of an insight into Freyja's background. We also see a bit of Wulf and Ralf. Nice! Well worth reading before the other books. I unfortunately read it after the rest of the series, LOL, b
Buddy read with Aly

I felt quite sorry for Lauren when I was reading One Night for Love, after all it wasn't her fault that the man she was about to marry already had a wife and being left at the altar would be rather humiliating for anyone! So, I was glad when I found out we were getting to read her story next and I think I ended up enjoying A Summer to Remember even more than the first book.

After having her heart broken Lauren has pretty much given up on the idea of love and marriage, instead s
Célia Loureiro
É o segundo livro que leio da Mary Balogh e, apesar de ter gostado bastante de ambos, sobretudo do facto de ambos os protagonistas do Uma Noite de Amor e o protagonista masculino deste último terem lutado na Guerra Peninsular, aqui no nosso Portugal. Por um lado fiquei deleitada com essa menção, por outro tive pena de não haver qualquer referência a uma batalha histórica, a um General, a um local em específico. A autora não aprofundou muito isso, nem sequer para introduzir um bocadinho que fosse ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Buddy read with Maru and Sarah

I loved it! I can't wait to continue the series.
I'd been avoiding reading this novel for some time because I really didn't want to read about Kit. I felt really bad for Frejya when I read her novel and I totally didn't want him getting his HEA (which is ridiculous, I know, because he got his novel first). Funny thing is, I ended up liking him a lot more and this book actually made me dislike Frejya. She came off extremely petty and annoying and childish, and I'm just glad I read her book first because I don't think I would've wanted to read i ...more
Juliana Philippa
Kit and Lauren are a wonderful match - the laughing rogue and the prim stickler (4.5 stars)

I am rereading all of Balogh's Bedwyn series and since A Summer to Remember introduces the family and features Freyja Bedwyn so prominently, I thought it would be perfect to read it before rereading Slightly Scandalous (her story and Book 3 of the Bedwyn Series). I read it in one day and loved it as much as the first time I read it. Watching Kit be scandalous and tease Lauren in the first half of the novel
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Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre se ha dicho que segundas partes nunca fueron buenas. Pero hay momentos y series en los que sin esa segunda parte, el lector se puede quedar con una impresión que es la equivocada con respecto a un personaje que luego te acaba hasta sorprendiendo (aunque está también el fenómeno contrario, y no te acabas de creer para nada la redención).En mi caso, me lo he creído y hasta me he logrado poner en la perspectiva de Lauren.

En el primer libro, ella es la novia a la que dejan plantada por "cul
I couldn't say specifically when I first picked up this author's books, but it was about ten years ago. Even so, I missed many fabulous backlist titles. I have chosen this year to focus specifically on the Bedwyn Saga series because I've always been a softy for a family group finding their chance at romance. The author's description of setting and background, fully developed characters, and romances that grow organically through the story had me in no doubt that this would be a fun project from ...more
Almost 4.5 Stars

Kit Butler, Viscount Ravensberg, had led a full life. His looks could charm most women. His high jinks had followed a fun-loving lifestyle. Money was never a problem. Until now. His father expected him to marry. Soon. So as far as he was concerned, it was a necessary wager. He needed a bride, so what would it hurt if he made some money at the same time? He bet his friends that he could win Miss Edgeworth's hand in marriage by the last week in June. That gave him less than six wee
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, 2012
Se já tinha ficado agradada com o primeiro volume, posso dizer que este segundo livro da autora é muito melhor que o primeiro. Para já, e na minha opinião, a história da Lauren tem muito mais potencial do que a história de Lily, pessoalmente, quando li o livro, não simpatizei muito com esta, e durante toda a leitura não pude deixar de sentir pena e uma atenção especial pela Lauren, que se viu abandonada no dia mais feliz da sua vida.

Em "Um verão inesquecível" conhecemos Christopher Butler mais
Re-read in January 2016

5 Stars

One of my goals in 2016 is to re-visit some of my favorite books and review them for the blog. I know that I am a very different reader than I was when I originally read these books and I am intrigued to see whether they hold up. I am also going to use re-reads to help me get through a reading slump rather than just slogging through books that I am not interested in.

A Summer to Remember focuses on Lauren Edgeworth whose life was turned upside down when she was jilte
Andreia Silva
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Os livros da Mary balogh são de facto muito bons no entanto neste não consegui atribuir as 5 estrelas porque achei que pelo meio a história 'secou ' um pouco . Teve a dose certa de romance mas acabou por faltar ali qualquer coisa. Mas de qualquer forma gostei imenso da história.
Amarilli Settantatre
Kit, Lauren, ma anche Gwen e Syd, e poi Wulf e Freya fiera e distrutta. Bellissimo e struggente.
Aug 01, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf-at-all
More like Summer to Forget, for me at least. I just did not like the characters. It started off with a good theme, a wager to see if the hero could get the heroine to marry him. But the two main characters were both emotionally scarred people that covered up their pain in what I thought was annoying ways. The hero acted like a devil-may-care teenager and I often felt embarrassed for him. He would intentionally do indecent things in public and gloat about offending elderly ladies walking past. Th ...more
Moira Fogarty
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency, romance
Mirror, mirror, on the wall... "Who is the dullest, most prudish, most straitlaced, most respectable of them all?" (p.18)

Answer: Lauren Edgeworth.

When I imagine a romantic heroine, she's witty, insouciant, bold. She reflects my passionate and libidinous 'id'. Under the right circumstances, with the right hero, she can be brazenly wanton.

What I do not imagine is someone who would describe herself thus:
"I am not a person made for wild, passionate emotions or for vivid happiness." (p.79) Say wha
Ana Luisa
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terminada a leitura de mais um livro desta maravilhosa autora fico satisfeita por constatar que as minhas primeiras impressões acerca do livro anterior estavam correctas. Não só estes livros cativam pelas suas personagens como também pelo ambiente pitoresco no qual se passa a acção. Este foi um livro que acabou por me surpreender bastante, sem querer entrar em spoilers confesso que anteriormente a personagem Lauren pareceu-me um pouco apagada e quase sem vontade própria. Alguém que se vivia apen ...more
Again, this is a matter of reading the series in order. Already reading the 'Slightly' series, I have a tender spot for Freyja, even if she was meanspirited, so any antagonism was actually ignored.

The H/h are complete opposites, Kit is adventurous and scandalous while Lauren was mild-mannered and controlled. But they are both in a similar situation, Kit was rejected by a love 3 years ago, for his now-dead older brother and Lauren was left at the alter when her groom's wife appeared out of nowhe
Michelle Robinson
I really wanted to read another book by Balogh my library did not have anything that I had not read, on the shelf, other than this one.

I don't know, maybe if I had read this one in the order that it was written I may have enjoyed it more?
I don't know. I could not like Lauren or Kit. I found Lauren to be too self-possessed and cool for my liking. I also really liked Freya, in her book in the "Slightly" series and somehow, that kept me from really being pleased with Kit and Lauren.

I also found m
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I read Books 1 through 3 of the Slightly series first and enjoyed them all. Before reading this one, I read One Night for Love but did not like it.

I finished A Summer to Remember yesterday, and it fell in the middle for me.

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Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4,5 estrelas!)

A dor é uma arma poderosa, um casulo que nos esconde do mundo, que nos camufla na multidão e que nos permite reservar o que de melhor temos, o que de melhor somos, para aquelas pessoas, raras excepções, que acreditamos serem verdadeiras. Mas é o ressentimento, que nem bala cortante, o que nos realmente corta a voz, o que nos transforma em meros corpos desprovidos de vida, desprovidos de vontade, desprovidos de amor e alegria...

Um Verão Inesquecível trata-se de uma apaixonante narr
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2012
Só ganhei embalagem para o ler após ter “ouvido/lido” algumas opiniões que o consideravam melhor que o primeiro e que era bem agradável. Devo confessar que desta vez fiquei surpreendida e é realmente mais interessante que o anterior.

Gostei bastante do enredo. Adorei o pouco cavalheiresco Kit Butler e o contraste que faz com a controladissima Lady Lauren, neste caso, acenta bem o ditado que refere que os opostos se atraem e se completam. Kit precisava de encontrar a calma na sua vida e reconcilia
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Mary Balogh con questo romanzo, il suo secondo che leggo, è stata una magnifica conferma. Amo il suo modo di scrivere, di catturarmi in un mondo ottocentesco impeccabile pieno di passione, di intrecci, di personaggi intriganti e di amori forti e impossibili.
Il suo modo di scrivere romance mi attrae come una calamita e continuerò a leggere altri suoi lavori con grande entusiasmo.
La storia di Un'estate da ricordare è deliziosa, un crescendo di situazioni, di eventi e di sentimenti che portano all'
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Juro que estava tentada a dar 2** mas a partir do último terço do livro foi tão, mas tão bom e ternurento que não consegui dar menos que 4****

Este foi o segundo livro que li desta autora e tenho de admitir que até uma certa parte do livro, estava mesmo tentada a deixá-lo de lado por uns tempos. no entanto, fui obstinada e decidi lê-lo até ao fim. Na minha cabeça só pensava "pode ser que me surpreenda!".
Este livro e o anterior "Uma Noite de Amor", são uma espécie de apresentação para os livros qu
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