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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Willett Narrator: June Barrie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Matt’s mother kept all his childhood memories in a small box, amongst the many photos of Matt as a child. But something about those photos has always puzzled Matt. Is that really him? Why does he not remember those clothes and toys? And where, in the photos, is his sister Imogen? 

Imogen, meanwhile, is living with her husband and their baby in a rented cottage. Ever since her childhood she has loved the Summer House, a charming folly in the grounds of a beautiful and ancient house on Exmoor, and now they have the chance of buying it. But the Summer House provides the key to the strange and tragic secret which has affected Matt’s whole life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, Willett creates such fully dimensional characters that readers feel as if they should phone or e-mail them to keep in touch.”

    Rocky Mountain News, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bee | 2/20/2014

    " This was a very pleasant read, but not up to par with some of my favorite Marcia Willett books (THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, for one). The characters were engaging and I enjoyed the storyline, but it felt the slightest bit stilted compared to her other stuff. As an aside, I guessed the twist almost immediately -- this didn't spoil the story, but there you have it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolynne | 2/15/2014

    " Three and a half stars for me: likable characters (as usual the most interesting characters are beyond the flush of youth). In this book they are Lottie and Milo, who have lived together for years as brother and sister, and Milo's lover, the formerly glamorous and still flirtatious-at-70 Venetia. The main characters, however, are Imogen, who longs to buy the summer house she has loved since childhood, improvident Nick (Milo's son) who is ready to trade in his difficult wife for Imogen, and Imogen's big brother Matt, who is haunted by half-memories and by pictures of himself he does not remember. The three different plot threads are nearly, but no quite, tied together, and I think there is room for a sequel. Is it possible there is change to come in the relationship of warm-hearted Lottie and typically British Milo? The book is somewhat reminiscent of Willett's _Memories of the Storm_ in its depiction of family trauma only fleetingly remembered, and of the Chadwick Chronicles (_Looking Forward_, etc.) in its protrayal of three young people whose lives are changed and intertwined, but without its satisfying sense of completeness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vicki | 2/9/2014

    " I really liked this book. It's not my usual read, but I think most people would enjoy it. It's a little bit mystery, but mostly about a family and some of the issues that come with families. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/8/2014

    " It was okay. After Matt's mother dies, Matt, the main character, is trying to find out why he feels as if something has always been missing in his life and why he can not make emotional connections with anyone outside his family. Things don't start to make sense to him until very late in the book. I was wondering what was going to happen since I was quickly running out of pages to read. Then all of these coincidences occur and things fall into place for Matt. In my opinion, the coincidences were hokey. The story seemed to drag on a forever and then suddenly everything is figured out (I don't want to give anything away). I would have liked to know more about the results of Matt's discovery. I think that would have been more interesting than the rest of the book. "

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