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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fanfare (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553560921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553560923
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,624,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette, and Amazon's Thomas & Mercer. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages.

Her first memoir, THE ORCHARD, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians' Best Books of 2011. Her second memoir, THE MAN WHO LEFT, was a New York Times Bestseller. Going back to 1988, Weir's debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Well-known in the mystery community, she served as hardcover judge for the Thriller presented by International Thriller Writers, and was guest of honor at the Diversicon 16 mystery/science fiction conference held in Minneapolis in 2008. Frasier books have received high praise from print publications such as Publishers Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Crimespree, as well as online praise from Spinetingler, Book Loons, Armchair Interviews, Sarah Weinman's Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, and Ali Karim's Shots Magazine. Her books have featured cover quotes from Lisa Gardner, Jane Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, and J.A. Konrath. Her short stories and poetry can be found in DISCOUNT NOIR, ONCE UPON A CRIME, and THE LINEUP, POEMS ON CRIME. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

The Orchard

An Oprah Magazine Fall Pick
Featured B+ Review in Entertainment Weekly
Number Two on October Indie Next List
BJ's Book Club Spotlight
LIbrarians' Best Books of 2011
Maclean's Top Books of 2011
On Point (NPR) Best Books of 2011
Abrams Best of 2011
Publishers Lunch (Publishers Weekly) Favorite Books of 2011
Eighth Annual One Book, One Community 2012, Excelsior, Minnesota
Target Book Club Pick, September 2012

Title List

Writing as Anne Frasier

Hush, USA Today bestseller, RITA finalist, Daphne du Maurier finalist (2002)
Sleep Tight, USA Today bestseller (2003)
Play Dead, USA Today bestseller (2004)
Before I Wake (2005)
Pale Immortal (2006)
Garden of Darkness, RITA finalist (2007)
Once Upon a Crime anthology, Santa's Little Helper (2009)
The Lineup, Poems on Crime, Home (2010)
Discount Noir anthology, Crack House (2010)
Deadly Treats Halloween anthology, editor and contributor, The Replacement (September 2011)
Once Upon a Crime anthology, Red Cadillac (April 2012)
Woman in a Black Veil (July 2012)
Dark: Volume 1 (short stories, July 2012)
Dark: Volume 2 (short stories, July 2012)
Black Tupelo (short-story collection July 2012)
Girls from the North Country (short story, August 2012)
Made of Stars (short story, August 2012)
Stars (short story collection, August 2012)
Stay Dead (April 2014)

Writing as Theresa Weir

The Forever Man (1988)
Amazon Lily, RITA finalist, Best New Adventure Writer award, Romantic Times (1988)
Loving Jenny (1989)
Pictures of Emily (1990)
Iguana Bay (1990)
Forever (1991)
Last Summer (1992)
One Fine Day (1994)
Long Night Moon, Reviewer's Choice Award, Romantic Times (1995)
American Dreamer (1997)
Some Kind of Magic (1998)
Cool Shade RITA winner, romantic suspense (1998)
Bad Karma, Daphne du Maurier award, paranormal (1999)
Max Under the Stars, short story (2010)
The Orchard, a memoir (September 2011)
The Man Who Left , a memoir and New York Times bestseller (April 2012)
The Girl with the Cat Tattoo (June 2012)
Come As You Are (October 2013)
The Geek with the Cat Tattoo (December 2013)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By V on January 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It is difficult for me to find contemporary romances that I really enjoy. Too often I find the story lines the same with little character development, no depth to the story, and usually an ill attempt at humor - while the hero and heroine circle each other trying to prove who is the most sexually aggressive. Last Summer certainly does not fall into any of those categories. It is a serious romance with realistic characters - even if one is a Hollywood bad boy. It is a tender story of two imperfect people who seem too different for a relationship yet find themselves drawn together by circumstance again and again. There are very moving scenes as well as some delicious dialogue as the leads attempt to discover the truth about each other.
Johnnie Irish is the local bad boy who has made it big in Hollywood. He doesn't enjoy the thought of returning to his hometown - he hates it. But they have invited him to be the star of a parade - it might be entertaining to see people act like they adore him when he received nothing but rejection from them growing up. Johnnie seems to have little value for life and even less ethics. He plays the part of a spoiled and immature Hollywood hunk but it's just an act. He hides his pain from the world and himself well. That is until he meets Maggie.
Maggie Mayfield is a normal, everyday schoolteacher in a small town in west Texas. She is a widow who lives a very controlled and pleasant life. Maggie is more mature than most romance heroines. She is refreshing, solid and real but not at all perfect. She never dreamed that Johnnie would ever consider her as more than a summer fling. Her honest and sensible way of life makes quite an impression on Johnnie. Yet she is dishonest and fearful later in the book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Krista Lyn VINE VOICE on February 28, 2008
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Oh My, Oh My, Oh My!

After reading this book, I made Amazon Marketplace's day and ordered her entire backlist, which for some reason is now out of print. This author is incredible. I love love love her writing style. It has the perfect mix of humor, heartache, and characters that are real enough to make you cry...and by the do!

Johnnie Irish lived a nightmare growing up in the hands of an abusive, cruel, and neglectful mother. He has never recovered. He is an actor, a comedian, who uses humor to disguise his pain. He is a diabetic who is bent on destroying himself, believing himself unworthy of love.

Maggie Mayfield is a grieving widow who is also dying inside. She falls quickly for the destruction bound Johnnie and has a tough job ahead of her as she fights her feelings for him while wanting to fight FOR him at the same time.

This is a beautiful story of redemption, coming to terms with the past, living and enjoying the present, and looking forward to the gifts that tomorrow holds. It is a love story meant to steal you heart and is a story that you'll NEVER forget....Why is this author not more popular? Why have I not heard more about her? When will she write more?

Buy this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Rowley on September 12, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So much of this book is real to life. It touches your heart, plays with your emotions and shows you the inside of one's soul. It is a different kind of love story.

Johnny Irish has led a horrible life since childhood. Even his hollywood career has let him down. It all began in the town of Hope where everyone thought him a bad seed. Now he must go back to the town, face those who shunned him but not before meeting Maggie Mayfield. She is everything that he is not and yet she touches him in a way that no one else ever has making him want to be a better person. The relationship has its hardships as Johnny must fight to be a better person.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on January 20, 2012
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This is such a beautiful love story. If you enjoyed Love Unscripted by Tina Reber or Binding Arbitration, A Chick Lit/Contemporary Romance Novel by Elizabeth Marx, then Last Summer is for you.

Johnnie is a movie star that grew up in Hope, Tx in a single parent family where he was abused and unloved. The one person who believed in him, the school's drama teacher "Harry" gave him the confidence to become an actor. After years in California, Johnnie returned to "Hopeless" and meets a widow named Maggie, a school teacher in charge of the year's drama production, and finds a true friend. He finds himself telling her stuff about himself that he has never shared before and wonders at his feelings for her. He also sees his mother's old lover, Sheriff Cahill, the man that hated him and booted him out of town. Johnnie keeps everyone at a distance because of his insecurities over his own self worth and not wanting to be hurt. His relationship with Maggie is filled with hurt because of their inability to communicate with each other and put themselves out there to be hurt.

This is a painful story with deep feelings and hard issues. It is a beautiful story of love, acceptance and forgiveness. The characters are hurting and searching and finding each other in the perfect timing to be healing and accepting their pasts. And the love that they shared was timeless. I was amazed by this love story and highly recommend it.

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