Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Review: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Every Summer After
by Carley Fortune

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two storylines with two people at the center of the story.  Persephone and Sam met as very young kids and they became fast friends and then it started to evolve!  One storyline starts in their younger years when they meet and begin their friendship, while the other one takes place many years later as Sam and his brother Charlie are mourning the loss of their mother and Persephone returns to the small town to reunite and maybe close all the doors left open from the past.  

I love a reuniting storyline as the characters can come together and fall back into their ways and it doesn't feel like instalove!  Because the reader has the past storyline to also read, there is history to add depth to the story.  The way the author moved from one storyline to the author was timed just perfectly - it kept me hanging and wanting to keep reading and reading to find out what would happen next in the past or the present.  

The character story arc was so spot on.  I have been known to roll my eyes once or twice at fictional characters who maybe do something that doesn't fit them, but these two had just the right ups and downs that felt right for the characters that she built.  

Excited to see that this was a debut and that there could be more to come from this author!

While I read a lot of romance and know there are steamy scenes in books, this one felt a little too much, but it fit in the storyline and wasn't out of place.  If you tend to avoid those, then I would go into this book knowing that they are there.     

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 38 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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