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Publisher's Summary

A fateful car crash sets in motions a series of events for Floriana, Esme.
Floriana gathers the courage to attend the wedding of her one true love, and Esme journeys with her to Lake Como to find the man who stole her heart many years ago. It’s time for Esme and Floriana to face the past - and the future - on the shore of the most romantic and enchanting of lakes.
©2013 Erica James (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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By Toby on 03-02-14

A sweetly woven tale of lovable characters

Where does Summer at the Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not a query I can answer as I listen to so many types. i will say that Erica James told a great story here and held my interest throughout. Loved the locales of Oxford and Lake Como in Italy, and Venice, too. Great fodder for armchair travelers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fiorina and Esme, equally. Both were lovable and clearly drawn women.

Have you listened to any of Antonia Beamish’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have. She is a very good reader and I love her measured, soft tone of voice. She is exceedingly listenable as a reader.

If you could take any character from Summer at the Lake out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Esme because she has more tales to tell and is the wise elder, yet vulnerable. She orders a martini in Venice. Perfect.

Any additional comments?

While I loathe such comment, I make one here. This is a perfect novel to read on a holiday or when not well. It is the perfect gift to a friend who needs cheering up and also a laugh ot two. It is perfectly balanced.

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By Marj on 07-28-14

Lovely story, sad and happy.

What did you love best about Summer at the Lake?

That is wasn't fantasy, real life can be like this.

What other book might you compare Summer at the Lake to and why?

Don't compare books, they each have their own merits.

What does Antonia Beamish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed her narration. Pleasant voice and good with accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but unfortunately I don't have time. Perhaps one day!

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable story and narrator.

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By Miss M on 04-20-14

Not as absorbing as most

Would you try another book written by Erica James or narrated by Antonia Beamish?

Yes; despite not loving this one and finding the previous listen (The Real Katie Lavender) not quite as fantastic as some; Erica James has written some of my favourite audios ever ( and there have been a lot) for me, this was a blip, not a blooper and I look forward to more.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to many, many Erica James audiobooks; I've enjoyed them all and absolutely loved several. This was her most disappointing to date. The switch between present day and the salad days of one Esme, now in her eighties, did not work for me.I'm usually so absorbed by a current day story that going back in time is often a slightly frustrating plot device. However it can work brilliantly and two parallel time-separated,yet interwoven stories can become equally thrilling. Sadly this was not the case here and I just couldn't hold my concentration when we moved away from the present. I appreciate without it the plot would have been thin and this is a subjective reaction. But this is not James' finest work and does not do her justice. It's nice enough and well-read - just a bit 'meh.'

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By Liz on 04-13-14

Lovely story, questionable narration

This was a lovely, easy to follow story with believable characters who were well described by the author. The tale flowed well and was good to follow. I won't spoil your enjoyment of the listen by going over the story itself. However, for me it was spoiled by the narration. Antonia Beamish has a lovely voice, but it seemed to me that in her desire to speak clearly and enunciate each word she lost the flow of the phrases and sentences, thus giving the story-telling a spiky feel rather than a smooth, unobtrusive way of getting the words into the listeners head. A shame as the story itself deserved better.

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By Wendy on 02-16-15

Loved the book

Really enjoyed the story. Not as predictable as I thought. The narrator was really great.all in all a great read.

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By Kirsty on 02-03-15

One for the beach?

Another Erica - sadly not as good as her early stuff. Totally predictable but harmless. It passed my test for this kind of book - do I want to spend time with these people? On the whole, yes. Maybe the report card on this one is Can Do Better (and has done). Narrator is good. Sorry, Erica, but I felt your heart wasn't in it.

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