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When Lady Helen Hardingham’s parents say she will never find a better husband than Richard, she agrees to marry him. But all too soon Richard returns to war, and Helen begins to wonder just who she has married. Then she meets Oliver Donovan. As the war continues, Oliver has to return to his regiment - and is never seen again. But Helen is left with more than just her memories: she is with child.
Twenty years later and a second war is ravaging Europe. Now a grown woman, Helen’s daughter, Laura, is also caught in a tragic love affair and left expecting a baby. Gradually the truth about her parentage comes out, old wounds are healed, and, with Helen’s support, Laura learns to fall in love again.
©2009 Mary Nichols (P)2010 Soundings
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-30-10

Nice mix of romance and history

At first I thought the book was going to be predictable but as I listened on I saw the twist and turns as the plot grew. I thought the author did a wonderful job of showing what it was like
to have lived in London during WWII. The narrator
was easily understood with her British accents.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 09-06-10

Great Historical Read

I love how this book wove together the lives of the characters and I got a glimps of life in Englad during WWII. I really enjoyed it!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth Davies on 09-20-11

Predictable...

Not great writing, full of cliches and idiom. The story was nice enough but not that clever.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rebeccah prince on 08-30-10

Beautiful

I have never read Nichols before, and was entranced within 5 minuits of listening to The Summer House. Bewitchment and beauty of the era and of romance are cleaverly intertwined with the horrors of WW1 and WW2. I didn't want it to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna Spencer on 10-26-16

Superb combination of mystery and romance.

I was mesmerised by this story and found it difficult to stop listening until the end. The story, which begins in 1918, is a convincing portrayal of the period, and especially the plight of unmarried mothers at this time, as well as during the Second World War.

Hilary Neville's narration is brilliant! The way she voices the different characters is exceptional.

This book would appeal to anyone who enjoys stories set in this period, and to those who enjoyed The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard or the books of Kate Morton.

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