Image of That Summer: A Novel


Image of That Summer: A Novel

Willig stretches her writer’s wings as she crafts a double love story stretching from Victorian England to the present day. With its alternating viewpoints, this is more than a love story or a mystery; it’s a tale exploring the lives of two women and how secrets create and destroy relationships. Willig cleverly leads readers into two mysteries, answering some questions, but leaving others untouched. Willig brilliantly demonstrates how the truth can bring freedom and understanding. This is a story that will linger in your mind.

It stuns Julia Conley to discover she has inherited Hern Hill from an unknown great-aunt. She remembers little of England. Julia inspects her inheritance with antique dealer Nicholas and discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting hidden in the back of a wardrobe. In 1849, Gavin Thorne arrives at Hern Hill to view Arthur Grantham’s antiquities collection. He meets Grantham’s wife, Imogen, whom Arthur commissions him to paint. Gavin and Imogen begin an affair so powerful Imogen is willing to risk scandal to run off with him. The consequences are far reaching, even touching Julia as she uncovers long buried secrets. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 352 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin