The Summer Country




      The Summer Country
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet a sweeping, dramatic Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.1854 From Bristol to Barbados Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous merchant clan merely a vicar s daughter, and a reform minded vicar s daughter, at that Everyone knows that the family s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheiritance Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation people whisper of ghosts.Why would her practical minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills so eager that they invite Emily and her cousins to stay with them indefinitely Emily finds herself bewitched by the beauty of the island even as she s drawn into the personalities and politics of forty years before a tangled history of clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.When family secrets begin to unravel and the harsh truth of history becomes and plain, Emily must challenge everything she thought she knew about her family, their legacy and herself. Download The Summer Country – bluevapours.co.uk

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen works of historical fiction Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association s annual list of the best genre fiction After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her Pink Carnation series of Napoleonic set novels She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.


      The Summer Country
 By Lauren Willig IBN : 0062839020 Format : Hardcover – bluevapours.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • The Summer Country
  • Lauren Willig
  • English
  • 12 April 2019
  • 0062839020

10 thoughts on “ The Summer Country

  1. Beata says:

    This was a perfect summer HF read for me exotic setting, a mystery and wonderful narration THE SUMMER COUNTRY had me invested from the start, with its story of a young English vicar s daughter who goes off to Barbados and finds out about her roots Descriptions of the life on a plantation are vivid, and the pre and post abolition attitudes and relations interestingly presented.I enjoyed this novel, and many thanks to my GR Friend Barbara who discreetly steered me towards a bit lighter read This was a perfect summer HF read for me exotic setting, a mystery and wonderful narration THE SUMMER COUNTRY had me invested from the start, with its story of a young English vicar s daughter who goes off to Barbados and finds out about her roots Descriptions of the life on a planta...

  2. Bkwmlee says:

    It s not often that I come across a book where I fall in love almost instantly not just with the characters, but also with the setting, the story, the writing basically everything about the book from the first page to the very last It s also increasingly rare nowadays for me to get so swept up in a book that I lose track of time and next thing I know, I ve finished the book in practically one sitting and at 480 pages, this was certainly no small feat In her newest releaseThe Summer It s not often that I come across a book where I fall in love almost instantly not just with the characters, but also with the setting, the story, the writing basically everything about the book from the first page to the very last It s also increasingly rare nowadays for me to get so swept up in a book that I lose tr...

  3. Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    A run down sugar plantation was the last thing Emily thought her uncle would leave to her, but Emily was thrilled about it even though her cousin wasn t.Emily, her cousin, and his wife traveled to Barbados to meet a few people and to see the plantation We meet the family from 1812 and the opulence of their home, food, and life style and then turn to 1845 and meet friends of the family The connection between the time periods was smoothly done I really liked how Ms Willig ended one chapter A run down sugar plantation was the last thing Emily thought her uncle would leave to her, but Emily was thrilled about it even though her cousin wasn t.Emily, her cousin, and his wife traveled to Barbados to meet a few people and to see the plantation We meet the family from ...

  4. Berit☀️✨ says:

    .Lauren Willig will completely captivate you with this sweeping family saga A beautiful story that spans over four decades Steeped in family history, family secrets, and family ties The story is set in Barbados and introduces you to two sets of characters living 40 years apart 1850to Emily s beloved grandfather has passed away and left her a sugar plantation on the island of...

  5. Camille Maio says:

    Lauren Willig s THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a sumptuous read, evoking M.M Kaye s lush and sweeping tales of nineteenth century colonial life Set in the island location of Barbados, Willig attains the ideal aim of the historical fiction genre educating the reader about a little known part of history while thoroughly engaging them in the stories of the characters I read THE SUMMER COUNTRY slowly doling out exquisite chapters one at a time because there are too few books written to...

  6. Libby says:

    Lauren Willig s attention to historical detail really shines in The Summer Country Barbados seen through the eyes of Emily Dawson in 1854 unspools like the opening petals of the frangipani Arriving as heiress to Peverills, one of the oldest plantations on the island, Emily delves into the mystery surrounding why her Grandfather Fenty left her an estate no one was aware he owned The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 and its timeline of effect informs the narrative Traveling with her cousin Adam Lauren Willig s attention to historical detail really shines in The Summer Country Barbados seen through the eyes of Emily Dawson in 1854 unspools like the opening petals of the frangipani Arriving as heiress to Peverills, o...

  7. Christina ~ Brunette Reader says:

    Going back and forth between a 1812 and a 1854 storyline, The Summer Country is a well researched and cleverly plotted piece of historical fiction, with a touch of romance and bringing the best out of the setting I would have liked a littleera accurate sounding dialogues and the parts taking place in the early 19th C definitely surpassed the later years ones, making for a not completely even and balanced read As ...

  8. Lisa Zetes says:

    I want to thank Haper Collins for this ARC I do love Historical novels but did find this one a little slow in the beginning Trying to go back and forth from the year 1812 to the year 1854 Barbados and keep the characters straight wa...

  9. Tammy says:

    I read a lot of historical fiction and noticed the genre seems to be WW2 heavy I just finished The Summer Country and absolutely loved it Yes, it s historical fiction but a subject not widely known Lauren Willig s research shines through as she expertly blends fact with fiction One of my favorite books is The Thorn Birds and The Summer Country has that same pull for mesweeping family saga that I don t want to put down and characters that stick with me long after I finish The Summer I read a lot of historical fiction and noticed the genre s...

  10. Literary Soirée says:

    This is my first Willig, a gorgeous narrative set in exotic Barbados in 1812 and 1854 Emily Dawson inherits Peverills, a sugar plantation destroyed by an uprising of slaves Owners of the adjacent plantation want desperately to own it Why As the multigenerational story unfolds, the truth reveals forbidden romance between owner and enslaved, terrible betrayal, a brave fight for freedom, and enough island Victorian atmosphere to absorb you for days An eye opening look at British slavery in the This is my first Willig, a gorgeous narrative set in exotic Barbados in 1...

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