Title:- Every Summer After
Author:- Carley Fortune
Date published:- May 10th 2022
No. of pages:- 307 pages
Overall rating:- 5/5
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.
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.
If you are an Instagrammer or on Tik-Tok, Every Summer After by Carley Fortune is one of the most hyped books last year. So I decided to read all the hyped books to see why there is so much hype on those types of books.
Summary – The story starts with Persephone who is working in Toronto as an editor for a magazine. She receives a call from Charlie who tells her that his mother, Sue had died and asked her to attend the funeral. Persephone was debating whether to go or not as she would meet Sam, and going to Barry’s Bay would bring her tons of memories both good and bad. Nonetheless she decides to go to the funeral and meets Sam. The story is told dividing between past that happened twelve years ago to the funeral weeken.
Review – this is a different type of romance book I read. Surprisingly, I couldn’t put this book down. I immensely enjoyed reading the book. The story is told mainly from Percy’s point of view. The descriptions of the lake and the cottage gave a vivid descriptions in my head. I do like Percy’s growing relationship with Sam Florek, how she became a part of his family and he in her family, their growing romantic feelings with each other, Sam’s wish to become a doctor and leave the small town. This was actually one of the most realistic books I have read and I felt this was more like a Jodi Picoult type of book in my opinion. There were some touching moments in the book but above all, this was really great and can’t wait to read more books from this author.
Verdict–I definitely agree about the hype–this book deserves so much of hype in my opinion!
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Carley Fortune is the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling author of EVERY SUMMER AFTER. Her second book, MEET ME AT THE LAKE, comes out May 2, 2023. It’s a breathtaking love story about two strangers who come together when they need each other most. Once, in their early twenties, and again a decade later.
Carley is an award-winning journalist and worked as an editor at some of Canada’s top publications, including The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, and The Grid. She was most recently the Executive Editor of Refinery29 Canada.
Carley spent her young life in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and in Barry’s Bay, a tiny lakeside town in rural Ontario and the setting for EVERY SUMMER AFTER.
EVERY SUMMER AFTER was an instant international bestseller and Carley’s debut novel.
Carley lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons. Follow her on Instagram