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Willig, Lauren, That Summer

Library Journal
★ 05/01/2014
In Cornwall, 1839, youthful Imogene Hadley is wooed by Arthur Grantham, who appreciates her bright, curious mind. In New York City, 2009, Julia Conley inherits the Grantham estate after her Aunt Regina's passing. Arriving in London, Julia discovers a hidden painting of doomed lovers but featuring the proper lady from the full-length portrait in the drawing room. Soon secrets from the distant and recent past come alive, leaving no one untouched. There is something for every reader in Willig's latest stand-alone (after The Ashford Affair). Looking for a mystery? Found. Looking for a family drama? Found in two different centuries. And romance seals the deal! But the romantic pairings aren't predictable, offering relationships that are forbidden, meant-to-be, sickly obsessive, and tentatively beginning. VERDICT A well-rounded group of characters, clearly connected ties between alternating time periods, and a jaw-dropping conclusion make for one engaging story. Fans will appreciate the author's nod to her "Pink Carnation" series, but this title can be read alone.