A Summer Story is a beautifully made pastoral romance, skillfully adapted from a John Galsworthy story, The Apple Tree.
Screen version is set in Devon in 1902, portraying the ill-fated romance one summer between weak-willed young barrister Ashton (James Wilby, perfectly cast) and a lovely country lass Megan (newcomer Imogen Stubbs).
Holed up at a country farm on holiday due to a sprained ankle, Ashton procrastinates, delaying his departure due to a crush on Megan. Shortly after they consummate the relationship, he heads for home via the resort at Torquay and procrastinates again, lolling with a beautiful sister (Sophie Ward) of an old school chum he meets there rater than returning quickly to fetch Megan as promised.
Stage actress Stubbs is a real find as the heartbroken heroine, bringing a modern strength to the period role, while Wilby is a sympathetic version of the archetypal weak young aristocrat.