I had the pleasure to read Carley Fortune’s debut novel, Every Summer After. Do you ever feel like you cannot do a book justice with your review? This is exactly how I feel in writing this review. This book had all the feels. It took me through all the emotions; the butterfly feelings when you have a crush, to eager anticipation of ‘will they or won’t they?’, to sadness and to happiness and hope. It kept me up reading well into the wee hours because I could not put it down. I wanted to know more about the relationship between Percy and Sam.
All of the characters were all superbly developed and with an excellent level of realism that relationships and people are messy. Each of the relationships between lovers, friends and family were beautifully flawed and that really spoke to me.
Also, this story reminded me a bit of K.A. Tucker’s, Say You Still Love Me and Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation, which are two of my favourite books that made me cry and Every Summer After is no different.
Every Summer After is a glittering story that breaks your heart and patches it back up again.
I cannot wait to see what Carly Fortune writes next.
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 spending summers in cottage country, on the glittering lakeshore of her childhood, she stays in a stylish apartment in Toronto, 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, Percy and Sam had been inseparable. And when Percy returns to the lake, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until she can confront the decisions she made, they’ll never know whether their love is bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.
Told over the course of six years in the past and one weekend in the present, Every Summer After is a gorgeously romantic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.