Julia Conley left England as a child after her mother was killed in a car accident. Growing up in the United States, she and her father never spoke about what happened. When Julia is left an old home by her just-deceased great aunt, she decides to travel to Herne Hill outside London. With the house overgrown and in need of repairs, Julia slowly goes through its contents. When she discovers a hidden painting that looks to be by one of the Pre-Raphaelites, Julia finds herself deep in a mystery of love, secrets, and betrayal. Helping her with the project is Nick, one of her cousin's friends. Are his motives honest or is he hoping to come away with some riches himself? That Summer, with its past and present story lines, is an enjoyable summer read.
I'm a librarian with a background in Reader's Advisory who left librarianship for domestic...uh...bliss.
From 1992-2003 I worked at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. I served on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (1998-2000, chair 2000) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2001-2003, chair 2002). I wrote the article "Zap! Woosh! Kerplow! Build High Quality Graphic Novel Collections With Impact" (School Library Journal, January 1997). I am a substitute Reference Librarian at the Indian Prairie Public Library.