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When a mysterious countess arrives late in life to live in a large house on the outskirts of a beautiful Hampshire village, the local tongues start wagging. No one is more intrigued than Cecily Chadwick, idling away the long, hot summer of 1911 with nothing much to do. Cecily is deeply fascinated by the exotic elderly lady, and as she gets to know her, is riveted by the tales of her life on the continent. And when she meets Jack, the Countess’s grandson, she realises that there is much more to both of them than meets the eye and that there are long hidden secrets still to be revealed…

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Reviews

Praise for Judith Kinghorn's The Last Summer: 'An enchanting story of love and war, and the years beyond'
Penny Vincenzi
'A sumptuous, absorbing tale of love in time of war. Judith Kinghorn's novel brilliantly illuminates the experiences of a generation of blighted youth'
Rachel Hore
'[An] enchanting debut of Rachel Hore/Downton Abbey ilk, big storytelling stuff of social and political change spanning the First World War and beyond. It's a glorious read, highly recommended'
Sarah Broadhurst, <i>Bookseller</i>
'The year is 1914 and love and war are about to transform privileged 16 year old Clarissa's charmed existence forever. This sumptuous romance is made for fans of Downton'
<i>The Lady</i>