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A Summer to Remember

(Bedwyn Saga)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,429 ratings  ·  522 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 really liked it
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
Bumped down on reread

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
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.
Addie H
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 62 on my shelf (and counting). This is book 40.

(Tropes: Unstarched (heroine), Opposites Attract, Fake Relationship, Engagement of Convenience)

This is how my 40th re-read held up.


Honestly, it was not the 5 star I remember, but came close. I very often feel that MB’s books take a little while to get going, but when it finally does it delivers. As a lot of MB’s books, they are about wounded characters who help each other mend - and fi
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
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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, but I still enjoyed it anyway.

Aside from being a preq
4.5/5. BOTM reread and another one to retain the original rating from 2014. Kit came across initially as a shallow and immature rake, but grew into an anguished, thoughtful person as we and Lauren slowly get to know his back story and his character more. Lauren was sensationally jilted at the altar by her groom and lifelong childhood friend a year ago. She returns back to society, even more cautious and sombre than before. They are polar opposites but a careless wager leads Kit to deliberately p ...more
 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
DNF for now, but I will come back to it at some point because I like Mary Balogh. Although I have noticed that despite her major wins when she fails she fails in a big way.

For now, I just want the heroine to loosen her corset, but it's page 84 and she's still a proper Regency stick. You would think after you were spectacularly dumped you would take the chance to spread your wings a little and say, "Fie!" to society.

And let's just say, not too eager to read Freyja's story. That's going to take so
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.
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Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another lost review (I'll avoid writing them using the app from now on).
I won't be reading the previous one because the heroine from this book is left at the altar by the hero from the previous. I am not interested in a love story that starts like that no matter the characters' reasons.
I loved this one, though. The best thing about it is that the worst things usually used to fuel the big misunderstanding is all in the open in the first quarter of the book. Both of them tell everything to each ot
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
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was an enjoyable read. So many unconventional characters and situations that drew me in from the beginning.
When Lauren first glimpses our hero Kit, he is brawling on a street and soon after he starts persuading her and she doesn't understand what he is about. From this point onwards the story takes a fun adventurous turn.
I did feel like that story had a potential to be more sparkly and exciting yet it took turn towards more serious subjects.
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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
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
Moira Fogarty
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, regency
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
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
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.
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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
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
Amy  Malory
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really,really have enjoyed it this one.It was my first one from Mary Balogh.
She really goes deep with characters,which can get a bit tired sometimes with too many descriptions and inner thoughts,but still I did appreciate the evolution of them and their depth.

A bit more OF dialogues would have made the book more vivid and enjoyable

I liked the way Lauren was set free and started living.I loved everything about her.Her demons and her personality.She was so realistic and maybe a bit of betahero w
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like 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
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is very enjoyable. The h is an exquisitely beautiful ice maiden and perfect lady who nevertheless has had a great disappointment in her romantic life. Because she feels things profoundly, she takes this disappointment to heart and closes herself off more via use of perfect courtesy and manners. The H is, at the start, a jerk who doesn't deserve the h. However, he gets better and the two MC's complement each other nicely. He is madly in love with her, which is as it should be.

There is a grea
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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Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Kit is a carefree rogue. He is no gentleman. Lauren is a proper lady, frigid with propriety.
Two people could not be more opposite.
There are plenty of reviews to give the complex tale of how they form a false betrothal so I won't
go into that.
I will say though, I learned that each have a carefully crafted mask to hide their deep wounds.
In the beginning, I had a huge dislike for Lauren. I'm not sure I've ever run into a heroine that was SO uptight.
But I grew to LOVE her. Watching her unravel and
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
I liked the story, but, I found it to be lacking in passion. The hero (Kit) did not feel an overwhelming need to be with his lady, Lauren. He didn't think she had any passion within her and this was after he had taken her virginity. There was one scene when Kit found himself with an ex love and he tried to conjure up feelings of his long ago passion for the ex girlfriend. And Lauren, wanted only to live a solitary and boring life in Bath. She imagined that she would be content with that, after a ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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Bedwyn Saga (6 books)
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