Ok y’all, get ready, because I have been looking forward to this day for months. MONTHS, I tell you. Today, June 3rd, is release day for Lauren Willig’s latest standalone novel That Summer.
For those of you who do not know, I love and adore Lauren Willig in a way that rivals Leslie Knope’s enthusiasm for Ann Perkins.
I started reading her books about four years ago, and I own every one. She writes the Pink Carnation series, which are historical fiction and mysteries set in the early 1800s. The eleventh book in that series is coming out later this year.
Lauren announced recently that her Pink series would be coming to an end with the publication of book twelve in 2015. Although I’m sure there will be plenty of weeping and existential crisis when I’ve read the last one, I’m so glad to know that Lauren won’t be done with writing when she is done with Pink. Last year, Lauren published her first standalone novel, The Ashford Affair, which wove together the stories of a modern Manhattan girl with her grandmother who lived in Edwardian England and Kenya. It was excellent, and now I cannot wait to read her latest release.
Here is what St. Martin’s Press has to say about That Summer:
A page-turning new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig, about a woman who inherits a house in England… and the mysterious past that comes with it.
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 (and gave her nightmares that have lasted into adulthood). 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.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, Lauren has posted the first chapter on her website so you can take a peek at it.
While you are doing that, I’ll be at the book store.