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The Last Summer | [Judith Kinghorn]

The Last Summer

A sweeping debut, perfect for reading groups and fans of Kate Morton and Downton Abbey - a beautiful and haunting story of lost innocence and a powerful, enduring love.Clarissa is almost seventeen 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.
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A sweeping debut, perfect for reading groups and fans of Kate Morton and Downton Abbey - a beautiful and haunting story of lost innocence and a powerful, enduring love.Clarissa is almost seventeen 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.

©2012 Judith Kinghorn (P)2012 Headline Digital

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    Mrs Alton, United Kingdom 10/06/2012
    Mrs Alton, United Kingdom 10/06/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "The Last Summer, by Judith Kinghorn"

    This book is a great listen. I can safely say it has totally taken over every waking moment, and have found myself listening to it, while cooking, walking, shopping! A must. A wonderful love affair and beautifully read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    helle 21/05/2012
    helle 21/05/2012
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    "a wonderful story. I loved loved it."

    If you liked downtown abby then I am certain you will love this.
    This is one book that I will definitely read again.

    It has left me with a nice warm feeling in my heart.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Helena Stroud, United Kingdom 02/07/2012
    Helena Stroud, United Kingdom 02/07/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "Captivating, engaging, enraging"

    I got this as part of a two-for-one promo, so I wasn't expecting much. It started off as what I thought was a rather cliched love story across the class divide, and I don't like love stories much, as a rule, so I put it aside for a few days. It did, though, have an underlying teasing erotic tension, never explicitly stated, so I picked it up again! When I started listening once more, I rapidly became totally addicted to it, and listened to the book all over the house, on the bus, on my walks, in the garden while hanging up the washing, etc. Rarely do I find myself shouting at fictional characters, but I did desperately want these star crossed lovers to get together, and also for the woman, Clarissa to Just Say No to her overprotective Mama! However, that is a 21st century judgement...
    Yes, this is at heart a love story set in the Edwardian era, but it is also a vivid description of the life and rhythms of a large country estate, and a moving account of the horrors and the waste of lives that war brings, and how it continues to affects the survivors.
    I listened in format 4 on my ancient iPod nano, and found the narration faultless. The pace never dragged, and listening to this story took me miles and miles away from the no. 93 bus route in the rain to an altogether sunnier and more privileged place and time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Wirral Merseyside, United Kingdom 02/07/2012
    Carol Wirral Merseyside, United Kingdom 02/07/2012
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    "A good old fashioned enjoyable listen."

    I don't have much patience waiting for an audio book to get better, so I am very happy to say that I found this audio book very easy to listen to right from the start.
    The narration, the characters, and the storyline were really good too .
    A story of true love and circumstances,
    it has you wondering if two people who are clearly made for each other will ever get together .
    I listened to this story with ease and it kept me listening to it right till the very end. It has lovely descriptions and I found myself wanting to listen to it to find out what happened next.
    A tale of true love and those old fashioned class rules that create the type of sadness which pulls on the heartstrings and makes a person sigh.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K GLASGOW, United Kingdom 28/06/2012
    K GLASGOW, United Kingdom 28/06/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent summer read!"

    A beautifully written story. This is my first read of this kind of genre and I couldn't put the book down! the writer makes this period of time come alive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Bury, United Kingdom 14/07/2013
    Mrs Bury, United Kingdom 14/07/2013 Member Since 2012

    My Name is Stella and I am 77 yrs young ! I like mostly Fiction mainly written about earlier times that are descriptive and well thought out

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    "My Favourite Story on Audible So Far !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Summer the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful enthralling love story line kept me glued to the very end.


    What other book might you compare The Last Summer to, and why?

    Not sure, just could not put this book down. I needed to go one more chapter until the end.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole book was so well written.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Found it emotional in different ways.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was so well written and very descriptive. I could see all the book in pictures in my mind as I listened.The Narrator Jane Wymark was 1st class.I have just downloaded the latest book by Judith Kinghorn ..." The Memory of lost Senses"and hoping I enjoy it as much and that also there will be other books by this lady.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lars helsinge, Denmark 25/07/2012
    Lars helsinge, Denmark 25/07/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "disapointed"

    I enjoy a good love story , but this one dragged on and on .... and really got on my nerves !!. A lot of the time nothing much going on, just moaning about how much she loved him bla bla bla
    On Audible was advertized as being like Downton Abbey,(which I loved ) well it might have been set in the same era , but it was nowhere near as good otherwise. certainly did not live up to my expectations at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Atherstone, United Kingdom 23/07/2012
    Mrs Atherstone, United Kingdom 23/07/2012 Member Since 2012

    I love fiction especially epic sci-fy, one off novels, detective novels and classics.

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    "Beautiful Book"

    This is a wonderful book - a mix of Persuasion, The Notebook and I Capture the Castle! The narration is good and although it takes a while to get used to the men's voices you soon forget it is one woman. I fell in love with the characters easily and was transfixed by the saga throughout the WW1 and beyond.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    melanie Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom 06/07/2012
    melanie Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom 06/07/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Easy listening"

    This book is a really easy listen. It just flows and yes the story is a bit obvious as to what the ending will be, but if your after something gentle and nice then this is that type of book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SHEILA ilford, United Kingdom 13/10/2014
    SHEILA ilford, United Kingdom 13/10/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow paced but enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very descriptive writer. This is not a book for those who like a fast paced story with lots happening. The story unfolds slowly over a period of several years. Has an evocative feel to it, especially comes to life during the war years and deals movingly with the deaths and tragedies of the war. That said, it is by no means a depressing book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the insight into the lives of upper class women during and after the WW1. The was nothing in it that was uninteresting


    Have you listened to any of Jane Wymark’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not heard her before, but found her a first class narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The deaths of the soldiers and the family reaction


    Any additional comments?

    I would read more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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