The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn

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I was almost seventeen when the spell of my childhood was broken...It was the beginning of summer and, unbeknown to any of us then, the end of a belle epoque...

In July of 1914, innocent, lovely Clarissa Granville lives with her parents and three brothers in the idyllic isolation of Deyning Park, a grand English country house, where she whiles away her days enjoying house parties, country walks and tennis matches. Clarissa is drawn to Tom Cuthbert, the housekeeper's handsome son. Though her parents disapprove of their upstairs-downstairs friendship, the two are determined to see each other, and they meet in secret to share what becomes a deep and tender romance. But soon the winds of war come to Deyning, as they come to all of Europe. As Tom prepares to join the front lines, neither he nor Clarissa can envision what lies ahead of them in the dark days and years to come. Nor can they imagine how their love will be tested, or how they will treasure the memory of this last, perfect summer.
 

About Judith Kinghorn

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Judith Kinghorn is the author of The Memory of Lost Senses. Born in Northumberland, she now lives in Hampshire, England. Jane Wymark is an English actress known for playing Morwenna Chynoweth Whitworth in the BBC's Poldark and Joyce Barnaby in ITV's Midsomer Murders. An experienced audiobook narrator as well, her recordings include The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh and Whatever It Takes by Adele Parks.
 
Published December 31, 2012 by NAL. 464 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Clarissa Granville and Tom Cuthbert begin an illicit love affair in post-Edwardian England. She is the only daughter of a rich merchant family, he the intelligent but illegitimate son of the head housekeeper. Their lives and love flare and shine in the soft glow of a countryside summe

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