The next stand alone novel (aka the Victorian Book) has undergone an official title change. Instead of A Summer Engagement, it is now That Summer.

Here’s the official blurb:

A page-turning new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig, about a woman who inherits a house in England… and the mysterious past that comes with it

2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it’s a joke. She hasn’t been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six (and gave her nightmares that have lasted into adulthood). But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house—with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas—bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house’s shrouded history begins to open…

1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur’s collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.

From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, THAT SUMMER takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman’s search for the truth about her past—and herself.

That Summer is available for pre-order in hardcover from Amazon, B&N, Books A Million, and Indiebound, and in e-book on Kindle and Nook.

That Summer will appear on stores– or in your mailbox– on June 3, 2014. Cover reveal coming soon!

9 Comments

  1. Christine on December 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I love the new title. While I also like the old one, it sounds a really similar to a bunch of other books I’ve read. The new one is fresh.

  2. Alexa J on December 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I agree with Christine that the new title is unique and enticing. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. Christine on December 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    6 months until release and already #95 on Amazon’s Kindle best seller list for women’s fiction.

  4. Elizabeth Lefebvre on December 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I was wondering about that when I looked it up on Amazon last night!

  5. Am7 on December 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Honestly the Title change is awesome! I wasn’t quite feeling A Summer Engagement, but That Summer has an energy I’m digging. Love!
    So excited for That Summer!

  6. Lauren on December 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you all approve of the title change– this was a hard book to title.

  7. Lynne on December 11, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I like the new title – sounds a bit more mysterious…nice. But Imogen “Grantham”? That name is very familier…i.e. Downton Abbey familier. Hmmm…

  8. Lauren on December 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Lynne, I didn’t realize that until you just posted it! Urgh. I’ll do a post for next week on how she got her name…. She was always Imogen (based on Shakespeare’s Imogene), but the “Grantham” had a very non-Downton inspiration.

    • Lynne on December 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Lauren – there’s a village in Lincolnshire (I think???) named Grantham. Use that as an excuse…I do love the name Imogen. Reminds me of Imogen Robertson, the author. Sorry I freaked you out:).

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