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Every Summer After

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Wow. This book made me smile, laugh, fall in love and cry in one unforgettable read!

This is the story of Percy and Sam, and how two childhood best friends become so much more until one fateful event where everything implodes. Told in alternating timelines, Percy and Sam are brought back together in the small lakeside town where they grew up and fell in love. Will Percy be able to face the decisions she made a decade ago, that cost her the love of her life?

rating: 5 stars

I LOVED this debut novel by Carley Fortune. I will definitely be on the lookout for future books by the author!

Some tropes in this book:
Friends to lovers
Second chance romance
Alternating timelines
Summer vacation at the lake

Date published: May 10, 2022
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I could not read this book fast enough, Percy and Sam are characters that will stay for me for a long time
The book begins when they first met at the age of 13 and it goes back and forth between each year and the present time.
I thought it was a great summer romance book
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I loved this book. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much! 

This book is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren’s “Love and Other Words”. With similar themes, touching characters and a beautiful romance storyline with a touch of grief. I will say they’re *almost* too similar. Definitely don’t read back to back. 

One thing I adored was the Canadian setting. As an Ontario native, the references to my university and town were such a fun touch! 

I will 100% be picking up Carley’s next book, hopefully also set in Toronto!
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A summer binge read is what this book is,  once you start you will not be able to put this one down.  Emotional, heartfelt, vulnerable  intense, breathtaking read. 
If you love a character-rich, emotionally evocative, BEAUTIFULLY written story that explores what love feels like, both good and bad, this is one you won’t want to miss!
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At age 13, Percy’s family gets a cottage on a lake in Barry’s Bay. There she meets Sam and his brother Charlie. Their lives become intrinsically intertwined. Until Sam and Percy have a falling out. 12 years later, they haven’t spoken a word until Percy returns to Barry’s Bay for a funeral. Their connection is as it ever was, but will they be able to sift through 12 years to make it back to one another? 

Rating Every Summer After was probably the most difficult decision I’ve had as far as rating  books goes. 

I loved the first 80% of this book. I loved Sam and Percy and everyone else in the book. I loved their story and their love. I love friends to lovers, I love that they met when they were kids. I love the concept of a second chance redemption. This book was such a recipe for success!!! And the writing is SO good, I love Carley Fortune’s writing. But I cannot forgive the last 20%. The twist ripped my heart out and stomped all over it and I can’t forgive Carley Fortune for that. I’m so angry that that’s the twist and I can’t get over it. I sat for like over an hour after finishing the book just so angry that I cried. And I tried to pretend it wasn’t real by reading the last 20% as fast as I could. 

The three stars are only for the first 80% of the book, the last 20% gets zero stars. Genuinely unforgivable.
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Every Summer After by Carley Fortune was a true delight to read. After my puppy woke me up at 4 am and I had trouble sleeping, I turned on my kindle to read an ARC and chose this one as I was headed later that day to a lake house and the description seemed fitting. I could not have been more grateful as this may be my favorite book of the summer, thus far.

Persephone or "Percy" finds herself neighboring to two boys as she visits her family's lake house each summer. As she matures, so does her relationships with Sam and Charlie. Their banter and playfulness were as charming as they were witty and I enjoyed reflecting on nostalgic memories growing up.

This book weaves a number of themes including friendship, love, family, sacrifice, reconciliation, perseverance, truth and longing.

It was wholesome, it was captivating, it was spicy. An excellent summer read to kick off the season.

I loved the flashbacks explaining the context of the current climate for the characters involved and was on the edge of my seat for the big reveal.


Five stars, will highly recommend!

Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada, Viking, for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Believe the hype! Dive into this easy read! My pleasant surprise was that it was set in Barry’s Bay, a short distance from my home. Our cottage country.   Such a quintessential story of young love story relived following an adult reunion under unfortunate circumstances.  

I have recommended this book to so many people already and will likely pick it up at least one more time this summer for a re-read because it’s such a classic summer read! 

Dare I say movie material?
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Every Summer After is the book of the season for me.  This contemporary romance truly made me feel multiple feelings. When I say I felt it all I mean it.  I was happy, angry, sad, content, heartbroken, and a little nostalgic to the peace and calm that cottage living brings as well as the relationships that form.  This allowed such a connection to the characters.  I am still baffled that this is a debut novel. 

Every summer after is told in dual POV - then and now.  The then is where the coming of age at a cottage in Northern Ontario, and intertwined it with the now which kept me turning the pages because I wanted to be immersed in Percy and Sams story.  Love, family, friendship, coming of age, the emotions of growing both together and apart, and then ultimately forgiveness made for the perfect summer romance recipe. Oh and don’t forget the Canadian content! That was just perfect for me.    

Although I totally have the ebook in galley, I had to go and get this to put on my shelf so that I can share the love of “Every Summer After.”

Thank you to Penguin Canada and Berkley Publishers for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I had to sit on this one again and upon further reflection, I found it incredibly ironic how Carley Fortune mentions Christina Lauren and Jenny Han amongst her authors of inspiration when this book felt like a cheap copy of Christina Lauren's Love and Other words thrown in with Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty series. Some details were just too similar for comfort and I honestly didn't care for the message Percy as a character was trying to represent.
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I absolutely loved this book, and read it in no time. It is extremely relatable for anyone who has a summer home or cottage, and having grown up in Toronto I felt epically connected to the storyline.
Overall I loved it, and I highly recommend you head to the link in my bio to read my full review and see why this is a beach read you should pick up this summer. I loved the Canadian references and locations. This is THE PERFECT summer read.
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Well - the book of the summer fully delivered - I felt the sun, the water, the sunscreen and was totally there for the ice cream! I loved the bond between Percy and Sam. As a fellow Canadian I loved the subtle Jays, Timmies and Bay blanket references and the visual of cottage country - the quintessential summertime backdrop. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved how nostalgic this was. I loved how Canadian this was. I loved the setting (the lake), the unloveable-loveable characters, the dual time line. Just overall so so good… how is this a debut novel?! Mind boggling. 

I would have read this one in 1-2 sittings if I weren’t so busy right now. I was in a book slump before this… and then found myself GETTING MAD at my obligations, because I had to put the book down and attend to real life 😂.

I was gifted an eARC of this book for review, and like an idiot, didn’t read it until after my preorder came in and I’m really kicking myself for not reading it sooner!! Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for granting me a copy regardless. 

This WILL BE my staff pick at work the next time I’m in!!
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This was an excellent summer read! The author delved into the characters past beautifully and with enough detail and context to really set the stage for the present day story line, pacing it all perfectly. It was an insightful and genuine story of two teens growing up together, told over the course of many summers, and you can't help but smile and feel as if you're sitting on the dock alongside them. The writing was fantastic, the plot moved along well and was strong and the characters memorable and lovable! One of my favourite reads of the year so far!
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What an amazing read.  Perfect for the beach or a hot summer day on the deck.  I really felt like the relationship came off the page and the suspense was the perfect amount to make me never put it down.  The drama and the heartbreak was off the charts and the reveal at the end was told at just the right time.  Bring the Kleenex and clear your schedule for this one.
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This is The Summer I Turned Pretty but for adults. And I loved it.

It's a friends-to-lovers, second chance romance which, if you know me, are my all-time favorite tropes.

The author created such atmosphere and chemistry and tension and I'm just so in awe of what she's written. It's a beautiful, beautiful book. Possibly my new favorite of 2022. Just stunning.
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Splashy and sexy, but with a sincere emotional thread that connects the human heart to the story effortlessly. This debut will satisfy even the most reluctant romantics.
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This is the best contemporary romance I have read in years. 
When I heard this story is set in Barry’s Bay, I Knew it would mean something to me. I didn’t expect that I would love it.  
This is a second chance love story, two kids spend their summer by the lake from age 13-18. They are young, they are innocent, they are best friends. Something happened, they broke up.  Then 12 years later …  
Before I started the book, I thought there would be a misunderstanding, and I kindly knew the ending.   But, when I am reading the book, I find out I have all the emotions at the same time, smiling, tearing, loving.   I feel I am young again.  I was the silly girl talking none sense.
Read this book if you are Canadian or have lived or travelled in Canada, you will read about timbits, hockeyfans.  Read this book if you know Ontario, Muskoka, Toronto, Kingston, Moosetrack flavor ice cream... Read this book if you ever spend a summer by a lake. You will remember cliff jumps, skinny dip, swimming across the lake. Read this book if you ever fall in love young. Read this book if you like summer. Just read this book.
Highly recommend it.  6 stars
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I absolutely loved this book, once I picked it up and started reading it I couldn’t stop! It’s one of those books you finish in a day. If you have ever had a bad breakup up can feel the heartbreak at the start and the intensity of the book continues to build from there. I am looking forward to whatever this author comes out with next. I also loved how canadien it was with all the little Easter eggs hidden with in it.
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As soon as I started this book I was sent right back to my own teenage years spent at the beach. Persephone is headed back to Barry's Bay after 12 years away and will be seeing her former best friend Sam. The books goes between their teen summers and the present seamlessly and unravels the reasons for Percy and Sam's long absence from each other. I adored the entire book and I am telling everyone to read it! Every Summer After is the book of Summer 2022 in our store!
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4.25 stars! I devoured this book - it is so, so good! It is the quintessential summer read and a heart tugging story about a second chance at love.. 

Carley Fortune sets such an amazing backdrop in Ontario cottage country at a lake several hours from Toronto. I was there at the cottages, gazing out at the wooden docks, the shimmering water, and I could feel the wet bathing suits after a refreshing swim and the warm sun drying the docks after a rainstorm. The author is that wonderful at bringing the atmosphere to life. The story is told in alternating then and now timelines. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened then between the characters as they grew through their teenage years, spending summers at their neighbouring cottages and now, as they see each other again as adults, after 12 years apart. Percy, Sue, Sam, and Charlie will be on my mind for a long time, they became so real through the magic of this story. 

I will look forward to seeing what Carley Fortune writes in the future!

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada, Viking and NetGalley for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion..
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