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That Summer: A Novel av Lauren Willig
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That Summer: A Novel (utgåvan 2014)

av Lauren Willig (Författare)

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"2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it's a joke. She hasn't been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house--with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas--bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open...1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig's That Summer takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past--and herself"--… (mer)
Medlem:Lagnella
Titel:That Summer: A Novel
Författare:Lauren Willig (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2014), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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That Summer: A Novel by Lauren Willig was an intriguing read but often got hampered by having dueling storyline.

The novel takes place in 2009 and in 1849 and focuses on two women.

In 2009, readers are introduced to Julia Conley. Julia was born in England, however, a car accident when she was a child left her motherless and living in New York with her father. Due to a layoff from her job she is rudderless trying to find her way when she is informed she has inherited a house from an aunt she knows nothing about. Deciding to go to England to ascertain the value of the home and get it ready to be sold has Julia learning more about the home and she has inherited, Herne Hill.

In 1849, readers are introduced to sixteen year old Imogen.Imogen is the daughter of a vicar and has not had much to do with others in her village. One day a man named Arthur Grantham comes to her father's home inquiring about a book that he owns. Imogen finds herself falling in love with Arthur and leaving home to live at Herne Hill.

The novel goes back and forth between the two time periods with the majority of the points of view being told in the third person either from Julia or Imogen. However, at one point the novel is told from the third person point of view of another character in the 1840s named Gavin.

The novel had another plot to keep my interest but I did not find it to be a particularly compelling read. I would say that this was a very fast read for me and the chapters were not overly long. The main reason for that I think is that initially the 1840s storyline was interesting but quickly just dissolved into a very sad storyline that I was able to guess at halfway through the novel. I also think that it really didn't help that based on the times of that day in the 1840s that I rather doubted that Imogen's character could have done the things she did undiscovered for as long as she did. The 2009 storyline focusing on Julia also started off interesting but seemed to lose steam the closer to the end of the novel that I got. One thing that I really didn't care for is that one chapter would start off with Imogen or Julia and then halfway through switch to the other character and the chapter would try to end on a high note and then the next chapter would begin again with the character we left off just reading about. If the author wanted to build more suspense I think it would have been better to start off with Julia or Imogen, halfway through switch and end on that high note and then the next chapter start off with the character we did not just leave off reading about. It would have built up the suspense for me while reading.

Please note that I received this novel for free via the Amazon Vine Program ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
In 2009, Julia Conley has been struggling with finding work in the wake of losing her finance job in the 2008 recession. When she receives word that she's inherited a large house in England from her great-aunt she plans to spend only the summer there cleaning it up and preparing to sell it. In 1849, Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage when she meets an up and coming painter named Gavin Thorne.

A case of two narratives intertwining and mirroring each other in two different places with great effect. Both storylines are well done with the historical content never feeling too modern. All of the characters are compelling and I never spent time wishing more page time for one narrative arc over another. While the endings aren't particularly surprising, they're well-crafted and I enjoyed my time with them. Recommended to fans of historical fiction, those who enjoy books about art/artists, Anglophiles, and family drama lovers. ( )
  MickyFine | Nov 7, 2019 |
A fun summer beach read. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
I much preferred this to Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation book. I always enjoy a good story that switches between a story told in the past and one in the present. Some parts of it, most particularly the story line beginning in 1839 reminds me of the gothic feeling of Victoria Holt's books that I loved as a teenager. ( )
  Electablue | Apr 20, 2016 |
Great characters. Julia is on the forefront. Not in any way a risk-taker and doesn't really have a passion in her life. I felt for her from the beginning, being a child who lost her mother at a young age with a workaholic father who hides his feelings. Julia needed a change in her life. You could see her begin the story with an attitude that found the glass to be consistently half empty with no chance of being filled. Slowly, as Julia learns more about the history of the house and meets new people, she begins to open up and by the end of the story, she has found new meaning in her life. It was nice to see this change and I found myself analyzing all of her decisions and pushing her towards the choices that I felt would lead her in the right direction. Nick, the male lead, has also has his share of disappointments in life. We don't see him as much as I would have liked and I was a bit frustrated at first because the two of them kept pushing each other away. The typical lack of communication. Finally, however, they were able to get to the same page.

In the past story, there is Imogene. I love the comparison between she and Julia. Although their stories were ultimately different, their emotional attitude and decision making was very similar. Imogene also lost her mother and moved through life day by day, with no passion until Gavin entered her life and then she too began to show a new found exuberance. Both women, past and present, had deceitful relatives who were easy to dislike and I found myself wishing they were held more accountable for their crimes. Oh well. :) Just the simple fact that all of these characters elicited such feelings from me demonstrates the high quality of Willig's writing.

The plot was extremely engaging. I enjoyed the past story as much as the present. I won't giveaway any spoilers here but I can tell you that there is a good historical mystery connected to an old house with a little bit of romance on both fronts and a good deal of soul searching and self discovery. The history was interesting and the house was the perfect setting, both charming and mysterious with a plethora of hidden secrets inside its walls. It was truly a good read. And now, I am on a search for the next historical romance and can only hope it will be as enjoyable as this one. ( )
  Lagnella | Mar 4, 2016 |
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"2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it's a joke. She hasn't been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house--with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas--bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open...1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig's That Summer takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past--and herself"--

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