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From the internationally bestselling author of The French Gardener comes a sweeping and sophisticated romance about an aristocratic English family shocked by the revelations of a beautiful stranger from Paris.When Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident, a beautiful young woman named Phaedra appears at his funeral—claiming to be the Lord’s illegitimate daughter. In his wilFrom the internationally bestselling author of The French Gardener comes a sweeping and sophisticated romance about an aristocratic English family shocked by the revelations of a beautiful stranger from Paris.When Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident, a beautiful young woman named Phaedra appears at his funeral—claiming to be the Lord’s illegitimate daughter. In his will, Lord Frampton has left the priceless Frampton suite of sapphires to this interloper, confirming her claim and outraging his three adult sons and widow. Eventually, however, Phaedra’s sweet nature thaws the frosty relationships. She becomes the daughter that Antoinette Frampton never had and a wise and compassionate granddaughter to the formidable Dowager Lady Frampton. But an attraction grows between Phaedra and the eldest son, David. It seems an impossible love—blocked by their blood connection and by the fury of one family member who is determined to expose Phaedra as a fraud.Filled with the luscious scenery and enchanting characters her fans adore, Santa Montefiore’s The Woman from Paris is an unforgettable story about family, forgiveness, and the power of love....

Title : The Summer House
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ISBN : 9781451676693
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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The Summer House Reviews

  • Minty McBunny
    2019-04-07 12:59

    On the first page, where she writes "the sun had shone" I rolled my eyes. After a few pages of annoyingly florid prose, I almost quit. But I have been recently spending my time with Tana French's Dublin Murder squad, so I wanted something light and fluffy to wash away the heartbreak of those stories, so I pressed on. The best thing I can say about it is it was a quick read. I can't imagine the "twist" was meant to be a surprise, it's telegraphed almost from the get-go, but to me the surprise was that everyone gets a happy ending. Because honestly, what 29 year old man (view spoiler)[ wants to sleep with and marry a woman who spent the previous year and a half sleeping with his 59 year old father? (hide spoiler)]. Yuck.

  • Cardmaker
    2019-03-28 12:03

    Oh my gosh, what can I say? The story started off okay. Then it got stupid. Then it got really silly. Then it just got boring because the ending was so easy to figure out.The main character, Phaedra, was someone I doubt I'd warm up to in real life since she's so perfect. She goes about the family correcting everyone's faults and making them all more perfect, like she is. *gag*I wouldn't wish this book on my worst enemy. I guess it's okay if you like pompous upperclass Brits who have servants doing every last thing for them but that's not my kind of book.I read the last chapter but didn't really finish the book since I was skipping sentences from about a third of the way in and then skipping paragraphs and then skipping pages to get to the end. It was all so boringly predictable.

  • Tvtowerbaby
    2019-04-26 12:08

    On the positive side, this book has a very strong sense of place: the large country estate is described lovingly. For many of us, the social stratum at the centre of this novel is entirely alien and the author does a good job of breathing life into the people and geography of Fairfield Park. And I finished the novel. Which doesn't always happen. But there are a number of aspects of the book that irritated me. First Phaedra. As annoying a character you will be hard pressed to find. Unless, of course, you like your heroines full of sycophantic, cheesy psychology babble and one dimensional. Second, it is entirely unbelievable that the family would welcome her and warm to her, nay, become obsessed with her, within such a short space of time. Within a week she has not only won over the entirely family but has transformed characters into different, enlightened people. She is involved in the most intimate aspects of family life within days of meeting them. And they think she is marvellous and wise. She's not. Third, the story does not progress at all. The set up is outlined in the first few pages. There are then a few hundred pages of nothing happening before a nice, neat (predictable) ending. The middle part is taken up with repetition of "the attraction was mutual but they couldn't do anything about it" and "she really felt like part of the family". I'm sure some will love it. I probably just picked up the wrong book.

  • Sharon Chance
    2019-04-20 18:45

    I normally enjoy Santa Montefiore's novels, but this particular one did nothing for me! I didn't like the characters at all - thought they were all whiney and bratish!

  • Bookworm
    2019-04-17 18:15

    Gosh, I love a good book. As soon as I opened The Woman from Paris, I was treated to interesting and witty characters, a multi layered plot and a wonderful setting.There are secrets, romance and family drama all woven into this novel and I happily devoured it all. I lived inside these pages for a little while.Lord George Frampton is head of a well to do family in London, he dies in a mountain climbing accident in the Alps. Phaedra Chancellor arrives at Frampton's funeral claiming to be his illegitimate daughter. She's a Canadian photographer who lives in Paris. Frampton left behind a widow Antoinette, and three grown sons. He recently found out about Phaedra but hadn't yet told his family about her.At the reading of his will, the family finds that Frampton left his daughter just as much as he left his sons, and he also left her precious family jewels. This doesn't go over well with some of the family members, in particular Frampton's spoiled daughter in law who is determined to expose Phaedra as a fraud.Phaedra comes to stay with the family for a little while, the widow Antoinette actually wants to embrace her. Phaedra starts to win over over most of the family with her charm. The eldest son David, finds himself smitten with her, and Phaedra feels the same about him.As the story flowed, I wanted to know more about these characters. I couldn't help but like Phaedra. I thought the attraction between she and David was weird, being that they were supposedly siblings, and I wanted to see where the story would go. Was Phaedra actually Frampton's daughter? I didn't want her to be so she and David could get their happily ever after. There's a decent set of characters in this novel, but none of it is confusing, the story just flows.The dynamics in this family seemed believable. Some of these people aren't the best of friends, but at the end of the day they are all family. I liked that the story has a bit of humor thrown in as well.I recommend The Woman from Paris if you enjoy books about family, love and loss."Bulrushes were silhouetted against it, their heavy heads gently swaying in the wind, and a fat moorhen sat sleeping on her nest in the middle, out of reach of foxes. As they walked around it they began to hear the dulcet tones of the piano, carried on the breeze from the big house."p.264I received a copy of his book in exchange for an honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-17 19:48

    Oh great, now I want to read all of this author's books! 😊

  • Jelka
    2019-03-28 19:55

    Ik vond dit boek leuk, maar niet super speciaal. Dit is zo een boek dat ideaal is om te lezen op het strand, of op vakantie. Het is gemakkelijk, leest lekker weg maar eigenlijk gebeurt er heel weinig.De personages waren goed uitgewerkt, en de omgeving werd zo levendig beschreven. Hierdoor krijg je echt het gevoel alsof je zelf deel uitmaakt van de familie Frampton.

  • Cath
    2019-04-05 16:56

    Wanneer Lord Frampton, George, overlijdt ligt het Engelse landgoed Fairfield Park er stil bij. Niemand weet dat een onbekende gast voor opschudding zal zorgen.Aan het einde van de uitvaartplechtigheid meldt Phaedra, de buitenechtelijke dochter van George, zich. Behalve dit nieuws blijkt ze nog eens onweerstaanbaar mooi te zijn én is ze toegevoegd aan het testament.Waarom komt de familie dit op deze manier te weten? Had George haar niet eerder kunnen introduceren?David, de zoon des huizes, heeft zijn oog op haar laten vallen, hoewel hij beseft hoe gevaarlijk dit is…Ik las dit boek naar aanleiding van een artikel in De Standaard, waar het boek twee sterren kreeg. Het boek werd niet slecht bevonden, zeker niet, maar deze krant beweert zich meer te richten op literatuur en kan dus geen hoge punten geven aan zulke boeken. (Over het algemeen merk ik van die literatuur niet veel, dus ik tel er automatisch twee sterren bij op.)De recensent vond het een zeer ontspannend boek, vol drama, maar met een weinig suggestieve stijl.Eigenlijk kwamen mijn bevindingen volledig overeen met die van De standaard. Dit boek is heerlijk ontspannend en kan altijd gelezen worden. Het is lichte lectuur die je in een drukke periode even kan doen wegdromen en die even goed geschikt is om op een terrasje te lezen.Phaedra heeft al meteen iets magisch over zich en komt over als de perfecte dochter. Al vanaf het begin heb je door dat er iets meer achter zit en de aandachtige lezer heeft na een tijdje ook wel door wat, maar dat stoorde niet, want je wist immers niet hoe de gebeurtenissen verder zouden verlopen.Het is een boek vol drama en gevoelens worden dan ook tot in de puntjes beschreven. Dit vond ik niet erg, maar het gaf wel geen blijk van veel stijl.Over het einde had ik gemengde gevoelens. Het verhaal eindigde zoals verwacht, maar de epiloog vond ik er teveel aan. Daarin werd nog eens een haastige omschrijving gedaan van een happy family. Dat hoefde voor mij niet. Met het hoofdstuk ervoor kon ik zelf wel al voorstellen hoe het verder zou gaan en ik gebruik ook graag mijn verbeelding.Alles samengevat vind ik dit boek voor zijn genre heel leuk en ik ben vastbesloten om nog vele andere boeken van Santa Montefiore te lezen. Het boek krijgt van mij 5 sterren, omdat het verhaal zo vlot en ontspannend is.

  • Dede
    2019-04-04 14:08

    Yes I read this book in one day. I was disappointed with where the author took the story. It's was very cliché, the married, older, adventurous, wealthy man has secret affair with beautiful, adventurous, much younger woman. Where have I heard that story before? Oh right, it's similar to my own life except my husband wasn't rich and he didn't die. He left me. However that being said the main focus of the story was a tale of a family living in a rigid, expected life and ultimately being disconnected in every way, until the mistress appears under false pretense and opens their world up to new possibilities. And it's a story of forgiveness. I find each time I randomly select a book, it usually speaks to me and says something I need to hear. Forgiveness is not easy to give even when it is for my own good. And is a daily struggle for me.I would have much rather had George, the dead husband be a mentor to a fatherless girl rather than a man who betrayed his wife and family, because when you have an affair you betray your spouse, your children, parents, in-laws and friends. Adultery casts a wide net of harm.Santa Montefiore does though always seem to include a love for flowers and gardens and secret romances. This was a good time filler.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-11 19:03

    I read a review in a newspaper almost a year ago about Santa Montefiore's work. The review was glowing, writing lovingly of her prose and character construction.I have to say that I found myself only partly agreeing with both statements after purchasing this book. While Montefiore's writing is certainly engrossing, with wonderfully descriptive (albeit sometimes repetitive) landscapes and enthralling characters, this book leaned - as it progressed - into predictable and annoying.The family the plot centres around is written wonderfully. All are three-dimensional and easily likeable, despite their shortcomings. My problem, then, lies with mostly with the main female protagonist, Phaedra, and the predictability of the plot. Phaedra stands out not because she is well-written, but because every single person in the book falls in love with her as a person; a love so unwavering, it stays put even after her big revelation. In this way, I found it very hard to like her character, despite having liked her at the beginning.It just could've been much better.

  • Debdanz
    2019-04-11 13:46

    Could have used 100+ pages edited out, and really how many times can one author use the word "frisson?" But sometimes it is just as enjoyable to be annoyed by a book as like a book, and this was one of those cases. Very "Downton Abbey-ish" but modern. Lots of foreshadowing that led to the obvious. Incredibly redundant, but not a total waste of time. :)

  • Laura Seaman
    2019-04-26 11:55

    I really enjoy Santa's writing style; she has a great ability for getting you to connect with the characters. You can really picture the setting. The only reason I gave a 4 not a 5 is due to the fact I preferred The French Gardener and maybe would have liked to see more of a commupence to Julius the lawyer. I'm definitely going to read more of hers.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-14 16:50

    Good story. It reminded me a little of Downton Abbey.

  • Diane Harris
    2019-04-01 17:47

    A good, fast read that kept my attention but in the middle it lagged a bit and the outcome was predictable. Characters were well draw and the use of some new words for me kept me on my toes and in my dictionary. I enjoyed the setting in England and the use of English words and culture that were unique to the British.

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-03-28 15:47

    NB: Title in USA is 'The Woman From Paris'I first took an interest in this author’s writing in 2001 when her first novel Meet Me Under The Umbo Tree was published. I went on to read the next two as they were released The Butterfly Box and The Forget Me Not Sonata. It was another five years before any more of her books came my way when in 2008 I read two more of her novels Last Voyage of the Valentina and The Gypsy Madonna. It was to be another three years before I read two more of her novels, The Swallow and The Hummingbird and The French Gardener With this latest one it seems I am still only half way through her novels. I have two more on my TBR bookshelf and do not think it will be long before I read them as they are the perfect type of novels for summer afternoons reading in the shade. Character driven contemporary fiction with story lines that are feasible if not always totally believable, but that is the joy of losing oneself in a good book. As expected I found the characters and the setting much more engaging than the story which is really just a gentle ramble to a happy ending. Fairfield Park, a country estate that has been in the same family for generations is the setting. Think Downton Abbey but in a modern setting and you have the Frampton family, whom the author does an excellent job of describing to the reader with all their quirks and foibles. There are those you will hate instantly and those that you will love, but keep an open mind because all is not as it seems. Lady Frampton's husband has just died in a tragic accident and the day the family gathers together for his funeral, the family get a very unexpected shock! Put your disbelief aside and let the story unfold whilst you enjoy the beautiful landscapes and well portrayed characters.. Recommended to fans of Rosamunde Pilcher, especially as she is often referred to as the author who took over her place in writing contemporary fiction. By coincidence Rosamunde Pilcher retired from writing in 2000 not long before Santa Montefiore's first novel was published. She has just published her 14th so plenty to read if you have not yet discovered her writing and are a fan of contemporary romantic fiction.http://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo...

  • Tia Bach
    2019-04-08 18:12

    Nothing is sweeter than a story with enchanting characters who reach through the pages and welcome you to their lives. In The Woman from Paris, the characters and scenery sweep you into the story of the Framptoms. When Lord Frampton dies in a tragic accident, his family is fragile and reeling from loss. In walks Phaedra, a beautiful woman who claims to be his illegitimate daughter.When the will is read, Phaedra is included in a very intimate way--she inherits the family jewels. Slowly, the family is drawn to Phaedra. Lord Frampton's widow, Antoinette, starts to see the possibilities in embracing the daughter she never had. Even his sons start to come around, especially the new Lord Frampton, David. As the family begins to heal, David and Phaedra grow close. They know they must fight the growing intensity of their feelings, since life has fated them to be brother and sister. Or has it? Not everyone is so happy to see Phaedra join the family, and one in particular is determined to expose her as a fraud.The Woman from Paris is a showcase for the enduring power of love and family. Although teeming with memorable characters, my favorites were Margaret, Lord Framptom's mother, and Antoinette. Both women faced down life's disappointments in favor of focusing on love and family. Their strength is the backbone of the story.Because I felt so connected to the characters, I stumbled a bit when the story took a turn I wasn't expecting--a turn that ultimately strengthened the power of the message. If you are drawn to delightful characters and a story rich in love and family, look no further. Your heart will enjoy and appreciate the investment.Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-22 12:15

    This is my first book by this author, and must say that I look forward to reading more by her. The story opened up on a sad note, and picked up from there. I was already engrossed within the first few pages, and could visualize the characters and their personalities, mood & demeanor. The Dowager Lady Frampton cracked me up & had me literally laughing out loud on several occasions due to her snarkiness and irreverent humor - somewhat reminded me of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey as Lady Violet! I admit I had suspicions about the appearance & motives of the character Phaedra, and pretty much figured out what was going on. However, I kept reading anyway because I really enjoyed the writing and the character's stories. I loathed Roberta and loved David - the writer made them all so real. I especially enjoyed the thoroughness of descriptions given, whether the author was describing a location abroad or the beautiful countryside of Fairfield Park and its estate. There were bits of humor in just the right places! The one negative I have would be the constant reminder of the growing attraction between the supposed siblings, Phaedra & David - that was a bit of a turn-off in the story for me. But in the end, all was revealed and settled. Great read and I look forward to reading more by the author!

  • Yeny
    2019-04-01 14:02

    The Woman From ParisThe book blurb grabbed my attention – aristocrats and family secrets. (I was still under the influence of Dowton Abbey.) So I decided to read the book. The story was promising in the beginning. The Frampton family was shocked by the death of the head of the family and, very soon, the family discovered another shocking secret – Phaedra Chancellor.Then, I lost interest. I failed to connect to most of the characters. Antoinette’s decision to embrace Phaedra as her daughter seemed too quick and convenient to me. The intensity of David’s feeling towards Phaedra left me with no doubt that Phaedra was not who she claimed to be. But, after the truth was revealed, I felt very awkward and uneasy about their relationship. And Phaedra was too good to be real. The only character in the story that made sense to me was Roberta and I don’t like her a bit!I finished the book and it was not what I expected. It is just…okay.

  • JoAnne Pulcino
    2019-03-26 15:59

    THE WOMAN FROM PARISSanta MontefioreHaving read several of Ms. Montefiore lovely romantic family novels, I was sure that this would be just as good. I wasn't disappointed, despite her tendency to fall in love with her own words and descriptions.Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident. He leaves the Frampton sapphires to a young woman who shocks the family at his funeral, claiming to be his illegitimate daughter.Despite the anger, shock and outrage the young woman manages to charm and capture the entire family except for one. The young woman and the eldest son's attraction to each other is very strong even when they know it can never be.Luscious England scenery, grand old family estates are all part of the novel, and encompass the hallmark and history of the family.Tender broken hearts and families can still find peace and healing through the magical power of love.

  • Angela Britnell
    2019-04-08 14:14

    I started off really liking this story but became less enamored as it progressed. Despite the title it's set primarily in England at Lord Frampton's country estate. After his sudden death a young woman appears at his funeral claiming to be his illegitimate daughter. The reactions of his family are mixed but Phaedra's soon invited to become part of the family. The widow, after her initial shock, welcomes her as a daughter with what struck me as unnatural speed. Phaedra and the eldest son, David, are instantly attracted but determine to accept it's impossible for them ever to be more than friends. I enjoyed the character of the acerbic Dowager Lady Frampton very much especially compared to Phaedra's almost sickly sweet nature which soon grated on me. The intrigue as one member of the family is determined to prove Phaedra a fraud livens up an otherwise somewhat tedious story.

  • Linda
    2019-03-29 17:45

    This is a nice escapism read for Brit lovers. The estate where the Framptons live is almost alive in its descriptions. The family is interesting and the characters likeable, for the most part. Anyone paying attention can figure out the plot surprise by the time they are halfway through the book. And further, anyone can predict the ending even if they are not paying attention, all tied up in a happy pink bow. I found the Phaedra/David relationship sort of creepy, first as a sort of incestuous one and then as a sort of used merchandise one. That part did not sit well with me. Recommend only as a light airplane/beach/vacation read.

  • Clare
    2019-04-24 15:09

    Super predictable. I mean, all us readers knew the truth (about soooo many things, Julius, Dr, Phaedra) and we were just waiting for the characters in the book to catch on.And what about the "ick! factor"? Never addressed by the main characters. Despite a compliment from Julian Fellowes, this reminded me of early Penny Vincenzi, whom I used to devour. Skip unless you really your sopa opera.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-11 16:11

    This was plesant enough but it didnt have the same spark as her others. It was a deep and emotional read to begin with but Phaedra (one of the main characters) got on my nerves a bit with her constant holier than thou, self help attitude. Nice enough to read on a long train journey but far not my favourite of hers.

  • Jana Shepard
    2019-04-15 15:45

    The story could've moved along at a much faster pace. I enjoyed the overall plot yet it just seemed to take entirely too long to get to the good stuff! Could've been dramatically shortened to keep my attention. I was sick which is the only reason the read went fast. Normally this would've taken me weeks to get through. Sometimes authors need to get to the point!!

  • Debbie Hazeleger
    2019-04-04 11:54


  • Annette Holwill
    2019-04-13 15:46

    A predictable holiday read worth it for the 50p I paid for from the Combe Florey book mart

  • Marie-José
    2019-04-21 18:52

    An easy read full of family values, loving, making mistakes, letting go, moving on etc

  • Kristien Marquet
    2019-04-04 13:48

    Zo vreselijk voorspelbaar...

  • Cleo Bannister
    2019-03-26 17:12

    The Frampton family are in a state of shock as Lord Frampton has died, albeit doing what he loved most, facing danger on off-piste skiing, and he met his end under an avalanche.  So to the funeral where a beautiful young woman appears who quickly declares with the aid of the family lawyer, Julius Beecher, to be the illegitimate daughter and therefore sister to the three Frampton brothers.Antoinette Frampton doesn’t know what to think, she’s always been a bit of an aside to George’s more adventurous lifestyle, staying home to keep house after the years of raising the children who are now in their late twenties, and of course entertaining his mother, the Dowager, who lives in the Dowager house on the beautiful estate.There is a strong sense of place, and the author’s intimidate knowledge of those in the higher social circles shines through. We have the butler Harris, on hand at all times to serve the various drinks, shortbread and to rustle up a picnic whenever the fancy takes the family and likewise the gardener who has tended to the gardens for forty years but is absolutely delighted when Antoinette shows an interest as she works through her grief in a new project. We are also given an insight into the way the upper class view each other depending on their place within the wider family, to be honest this all felt a little bit ridiculous to me but on the other hand it adds a bit of glamour!Back in the here and now, Phaedra having introduced herself is keen to return to her home in Paris, but first the will has to be read, and that reveals that the beautiful and expensive Frampton Sapphires are to be given to her, along with a generous bequest. Roberta, wife of Josh is less than impressed but Phaedra has already won over the eldest son David who is undoubtedly attracted to the beautiful young woman, of course it cannot be, after all she is his half-sister.This book wasn’t really my usual read, and sadly, this book didn’t have me convinced the writing style is a little over-blown for my tastes and I’d pretty much worked out what the end was going to be before I hit the fifty page mark. That’s not to say this is a bad read, the characterisation was well done, although I couldn’t help feeling that if the Frampton’s had mixed outside their own social circle more that maybe they wouldn’t have, been bowled over by her superficial psychological support delivered with a tender pat of the hand.The family is a good mix of characters and the grief of both Antoinette and Margaret the Dowager, whilst ever-present is not overwhelming, but nevertheless holding many of the truths of how people react when their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down.I can see this book as an ideal holiday companion but sadly, because I’d managed to guess the ending it really didn’t quite work for me.

  • Natasha
    2019-03-31 13:08

    Book Summary:Antoinette's world has fallen apart as her husband, George died in an accident. He was the man she knew better than she knew herself. Or at least so she thought. She meets Phaedra, a girl in her early 30's at George's funeral; someone who she has never seen or met before. Phaedra loved George and could not stay away from his funeral. She knows what she is about to reveal to the family will change everyone's lives.What I liked about the book:- Well written in terms of narrative and structure- The novel is not only focused on one relationship. What I did not like about the book:- Too much focus on some characters such as David (oldest son)- To a certain extent the novel did drag on for a while.