That Summer: A Novel
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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Review: That SummerUser Review - Julie - Goodreads
This dual timeline/stories novel will appeal to fans of Susanna Kearsley. The novel has a little mystery and a little romance. The stories take place in 1849 and 2009, and they converge via a painting ... Read full review
Review: That SummerUser Review - Raypor - Goodreads
I loved this book. A young woman of today inherited an old house in London and discovered a lost pre-raphaelite painting. She found the thwarted love story of the artist and her ancestor as well as found a new love in a dashing antique dealer. What more can you hope for? Read full review