Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dell
Released on March 4, 2003
I couldn’t say specifically when I first picked up this author’s books, but it was about ten years ago. Even so, I missed many fabulous backlist titles. I have chosen this year to focus specifically on the Bedwyn Saga series because I’ve always been a softy for a family group finding their chance at romance. The author’s description of setting and background, fully developed characters, and romances that grow organically through the story had me in no doubt that this would be a fun project from start to finish.
Now then, A Summer to Remember is one of two Bedwyn Prequels that focus on non-Bedwyn characters, but still introduced this colorful and quirky family of siblings. This particular prequel is the follow-up to One Night of Love. The heroine in A Summer to Remember, Lauren, was the embarrassed woman who learned right during the start of her church wedding that her intended’s long lost- ‘thought to be dead’ bride has turned up when she interrupts the wedding. Now, it is Lauren’s turn to leave off hiding and hold her head high- take back some of her own.
Lauren is turned off of matrimony forever, but she doesn’t appreciate being treated like a delicate flower either so when the rakish Kit, Viscount Ravensberg offers her a summer pretending to be his affianced to fool his family and give her one blazing summer to remember, she joins him in their mad scheme.
Kit has been exiled from his family for some time and is only important to the Earl now because his older brother died and he is the heir. Kit was hurt by the past and feels some responsibility toward some members of his family so, while he is pleased to rub his father’s nose in it with his own choice of bride, he is still planning to do his duty. That duty got more palatable when he persuades the strait-laced Lauren Edgeworth to be his for the summer.
The pair are pretending and enjoying their mutual friendship and support, understanding and healing from separate past hurts until love sneaks in.
At first, one is introduced to a rake who cares little for reputation and a prim lady who is all about toeing the line, but, as with many of the author’s characters, the layers start to appear and things are more than they seem so that the reader gets the why behind the behavior and the motive behind the conflict.
Even though I read this to meet the Bedwyns, and they are there and charmed me well, I found Kit and Lauren a fabulous couple. I cheered them on over the course of the summer even though certain things set in motion early on had me worried for when the truth came out. Let’s just say making the ‘winning a woman’s hand’ as a bet is never conducive to retaining your prize. But, that was not more than a blip for me compared to other elements that were the real story conflict. Family has a way of doing a number on people whether it is Kit who has gone wild to hide his pain or Lauren who desperately tries to measure up her whole life.
As to the prequel aspect that has this book introducing a series about the Bedwyns, it did a great job. Loved meeting them and also got a pleasant surprise when I realized that Lauren is actually the cousin to a heroine who got her story in the later The Survivor’s Club series. I am greatly anticipating the stories of each Bedwyn finding their match. Meanwhile, I’m still basking in my satisfaction of seeing Lauren tame the wild Viscount and Kit helping Lauren start to really enjoy life. A classic style Regency romance that has depth and heart which I have no worries recommending to other historical romance fans.
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