That Summer: A Novel

Author: Lauren Willig

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Release Date: May 19, 2015

Blue Ribbon Rating: 3.5


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THAT SUMMER: A NOVEL switches between eras from one chapter to another and sometimes within them.  It would have been easier to follow the story and more engrossing if all the background information was given in the mid-1800's storyline and then the story was flipped to the current day.  The switching back and forth just didn't do it for me.

Willig's THAT SUMMER: A NOVEL was hard to get into but I enjoyed the storyline that was in the present with Julia, her family and Nick.  I didn't like cousin Caroline or her daughter, Natalie, but Andrew who was Natalie's brother and Nick's best friend seemed to be a good person but he wasn't in much of the story.  There were treasures to be found and mysteries to solve once Julia inherited the house from her great aunt.  She didn't know whom to trust and got bad vibes from a lot of people.  It didn't help that Natalie was interested in Nick but the feelings weren't reciprocated and Natalie threw up roadblocks for Julia at every turn.

There were artists, scandals, marriages, deaths, threats, anger, tears, unhappiness, spying, fear, happiness, laughter, love and affection.  There were twists and turns to the story especially in the early years of the story and no happily ever afters but in the current storyline there was the chance for one in the offing.  An epilogue might have given better closure.  There were discussion questions at the back of the book that were thought provoking along with an excerpt from THE OTHER DAUGHTER, also written by Willig.

Willig is a new to me author and I will give some of her other books a try to see if this book is representative of her writing.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jo

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