Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 320
Date of Publication: May 10, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.
They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.
Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.
For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.
When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.
Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.
Summer after summer. Percy and Sam became best friends. As the years passed. they began to mature, and started noticing each other. However, they eventually parted ways. Now adults, with the loss of Sam's mother Sue. old feelings and the reminder of a broken heart shine through.
Will they be platonic friends or will their future include a happily ever after? This dual timeline story goes back to their past when they were kids and how they spent each summer together. As they got older, something pulled them apart and they hadn't seen each other since. The only reason that Percy is back is because Sam lost his mother, a woman who was once very important to Percy. There just might be a second chance between these two, but only once they can deal with their past hurts.
This is a gentle love story that gives Percy and Sam a second chance, a chance to get past previous hurts and explore the feelings the two have for each other. Feelings that never went away. Forgiveness plays a role in this wonderful debut by Carley Fortune.
Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carley was most recently the Executive Editor of Refinery29 Canada, a job that gave her a lot of pride, joy, and a few migraines. Previously, she was the deputy editor of Chatelaine magazine, where she oversaw the brand’s digital transformation. After being promoted to Editor in Chief, she produced one whole issue, then left to launch Refinery29 Canada, making her the shortest-serving EIC in Chatelaine’s 90+ year history, a fact you will not find on its Wikipedia page.
Carley’s sixteen-year tour around the Canadian media industry has included editorial positions at The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life magazine, and the much-beloved, now-defunct weekly paper, The Grid. Not surprisingly, she likes coming up with new ideas and prefers the beginning of things. Carley was born in Toronto, and spent her young life in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and in Barry’s Bay, a tiny lakeside town in rural Ontario.
Carley holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto with her husband, whom she met in a magazine features writing class at j-skool and pursued doggedly after hearing about his nonna’s homemade lasagna. They have two sons. Carley is currently writing her second novel.