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Clarissa is almost 17 when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled.
Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider. Ambitious, clever, his sights set on a career in law, Tom is an acute observer, and a man who knows what he wants. For now, that is Clarissa. As Tom and Clarissa's friendship deepens, the wider landscape of political life around them is changing, and another story unfolds: they are not the only people in love. Soon the world - and all that they know - is rocked by a war that changes their lives forever.
©2012 Judith Klinghorn (P)2012 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A sumptuous, absorbing tale of love in time of war." (Rachel Hore, author of A Place of Secrets)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carmen Bryant on 05-22-16

The Last Summer Delivers

I had to listen to this twice. I love Downtown Abbey, and this is in that vain. The writer's diction is carefully chosen. The characters are so vivid both through the beautiful narration and the writer's brush strokes. I found myself close to tears when Clarissa is close to tears. I was rooting for her to be happy. This novel is heartbreaking at times but brilliantly written.

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5 out of 5 stars
By nwalden on 02-24-16

done well

good story. I liked that everything wasn't perfect, the author did a good job keeping the reader engaged

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