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It's 1946, and the dust of World War Two has just begun to settle. When famous archaeologist Rufus Denby returns to London, his life and reputation are as devastated as the city around him. He's used to the most glamorous of excavations, but can't turn down the offer of a job in rural Sussex. It's a refuge, and the only means left to him of scraping a living. With nothing but his satchel and a mongrel dog he's rescued from a bomb site, he sets out to investigate an ancient church in the sleepy village of Droyton Parva.

It's an ordinary task, but Droyton is in the hands of a most extraordinary vicar. The Reverend Archie Thorne has tasted action too, as a motorcycle-riding army chaplain, and is struggling to readjust to the little world around him. He's a lonely man, and Rufus's arrival soon sparks off in him a lifetime of repressed desires.

Rufus is a combat case, amnesiac and shellshocked. As he and Archie begin to unfold the archaeological mystery of Droyton, their growing friendship makes Rufus believe he might one day recapture his lost memories of the war, and find his way back from the edge of insanity to love.

It's summer on the South Downs, the air full of sunshine and enchantment. And Rufus and Archie's seven summer nights have just begun....

©2016 Harper Fox (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2017

Unbelievably beautiful

Oh this was just beautiful. Achingly beautiful story with a narration so soft and fitting it brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. I'm so sorry to anything I read next because it will be judged against this book

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  • Kel
  • 03-12-2017

thoroughly enjoyed it

I love the story line, however I found some language used was not authentic with the era the story was set in. But that's a small critique for an excellent listen.

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  • VojAnita
  • 10-11-2018

My favorite audiobook so far!

I loved the book too, it is one of my favorites, but it wasn't complete without the audio version. Listening to this book, all the characters just came to life. Vivid and lively, I could feel all their emotions, and I could laugh or cry with them, I felt their rage, their despair. I love Archie, Rufus, Drusilla, and all the other, I wish I could meet them in person.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-07-2018

Harper Fox weaves another great tale!

I didn't want to stop! Heart breaking, exciting, sensual, poetic, and reaffirming. Fox ties history, mythology, romance and drama together in magical ways that keep me coming back again.

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  • 09-02-2018

oh my heart

LOVE THIS SO FREAKING MUCH!
Rufus and Archie are one of the greatest couples! The timelessness of this love story just fills the heart. From one witch inherent to the final 7 setting the past free. To heart's desires fulfilled. Each character wove their own story into the tapestry of this magical piece. I really wish this one could have continued to unfold with the telling of the children. Thank you Harper for another magnetic story.

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  • 12-01-2018

Harper does Jane Austen! Deeply Touching

I won't forget The Reverend and Rufus anytime soon. As the book starts I think, "I don't know if I'll like this"...well, that quickly ended as the fog cleared. Narration is smooth, excellent - great differentiation of character and flow. I dare you to be immune to this story or the charm of these two as they will make you breathless with their selflessness... their sweetness and utter rightness for each other. It is set in the 40's but makes you feel you are in earlier times... but the culture is changing quickly. There are several times when you think oh, I know how this is going to go, but there are some hairpin turns along the way. Thanks so much Harper for the beautiful Story, I have had several of yours I have enjoyed and am looking forward to the next! Chris Clog is an excellent narrator!

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  • JillB
  • 23-02-2018

A beautiful story with wonderful characters

I think this will have to sit alongside Harper's 'Priddy's Tale' as one of my favourites in print, pixel and audio. The characters of Rufus and Archie are brilliant and so full of life and warmth - something that the narrator, Chris Clog, brings vividly to life. I loved the characters when I read the book but, having now listened to their story, I can say I adore Archie & Rufus. The supporting characters were well fleshed out and the dual strands of the story: Rufus' amnesia and Archie's church, intertwined in a logical fashion, answering various questions posed throughout the book. The ending was satisfying and I didn't really want to leave the characters.
All in all this was a wonderful, engaging story with characters you loved, some you disliked, and some you'd quite happily like to see get some of their own treatment. Heartily recommend Seven Summer Nights and I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

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  • 24-11-2017

Gorgeously written, beautiful story.

Reverend Archie is one of my favourite people. This book is a real gem, the narration is wonderfully done. Every character is so well fleshed out. The subjects covered are so well researched and feel so real, shell shock, war, archaeology and post war life. A well written, wonderful story full of heartbreak, joy and adventure.

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  • Robert
  • 06-08-2018

A rattling good yarn

Set in the post WW2 period tho is the tale of two homosexual professional.men. One is an archaeologist investigating the antiquities associated with an ancient Parish church. The other is the vicar whose benevolent influence encompasses the entire parish. An irritant is the doctor who is strongly against queers and their works. The story is wide ranging to the extent of being a saga. Mercifully all deserving characters live happy, if altered lives after the life changing events related.

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  • OCorkyO
  • 25-05-2018

fabulous

it made me want to finish writing my book thank you so so much I will read more

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  • BevS
  • 03-03-2018

Exquisite narration, my fave Harper Fox...

***November 2017***

The narration by Chris Clog was as scrumptious as the story. Quintessentially English, utterly charming and an absolute delight to listen to. Think that says it all, well done to all concerned.

**Book Review** My second Harper Fox read, the other being Brothers of the Wild North Sea, and straight onto my creme-de-la-creme shelf for you, my beauty. Utterly scrumptious, sumptuous prose and world building that really did make you feel as though you were on the Sussex Downs, staying at the Rectory in Droyton Parva with Archie, Mrs Nettles, Drusilla and Elspeth. There was a thoroughly English kind of The Darling Buds Of May feel to the whole story, light hearted but deadly serious when it needed to be. 5 captivating stars from me.

Archaeology not my strongest subject [and that's putting it mildly], but even I was caught up in the excitement that the finds at the church generated, and to meld that storyline with social commentary on the draconian post WWII British homosexuality laws, free spirits, self-appointed Witch finders and their victims, surviving soldiers from the war, their PTSD and the painful shock treatment they had to undergo, and of course, soldiers who had gone mad in the trenches and started shooting their comrades....well, that's the mark of a really good author; the most beautiful thing for me though was Rufus and Archie's love story. How they overcame prejudice from so-called do-gooders and found their own 'family' of friends in spite of everything that happened, was a joy to read about. Highly recommended, hardly any sex and a truly lovely read