Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: That Summer by Lauren Willig

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250014506 (ISBN13: 9781250014504)                
edition language: English
When Julia inherits a house in England from an aunt she has never heard of, she thinks it's a hoax. Her stoic father assures her it is real. He remembers the house. Not that he ever told Julia any of this but that's just the way he is.

Julia decides to go to England and check out her windfall thinking she would clean it up a little and sell it. Well, little did she know she would get caught up in her family's history, treasures and secrets.

Told from two different time frames, present day and mid-nineteenth century, Willig presents two intriguing tales. Sometimes, with dual time frames, I find one story grabs me a bit more than the other. Not so with That Summer, I got caught up in both of them and couldn't wait to see how it all panned out.

Excellent sense of place, well developed characters, fluid dialogue and a wonderful plot line made for an enchanting read. 4****

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. I love that cover. I wonder what kind of secrets she finds.

  2. Sounds good, Kaye -- consider me intrigued!

  3. I love dual time frames so this book sounds terrific to me!

  4. I like the story told in two separate timings. That kind of story is always very descriptive.

  5. I think it sounds like a great read!


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