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Carley Fortune

Autor(a) de Every Summer After

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A sweet romance set on PEI in Canada. Made me want to go to the island. Friend is in love with her best friends brother. Liked it and it was sweet but not great.
shazjhb | 3 outras críticas | Jun 13, 2024 |
After seeing Every Summer After on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks and weeks, I finally decided to see what the fuss was about. This is a sweet story about growing up, first love and big mistakes in a summer lakeside setting. It’s no wonder it appealed so much in 2022 as most of the world was reawakening to travel and going out as COVID-19 restrictions lifted.

The story is about Persephone, a stressed-out editor in Canada whose life changes when she’s called by an old friend Charlie that his mother has died. Growing up, Percy spent many summers in the small lakeside town of Barry’s Bay and became close to Charlie, his mother Sue and brother Sam. The story then goes back and forth in time, telling the story of her growing friendship with Sam over the summers. In the current time, Percy goes back to Barry’s Bay for Sue’s funeral and sees Sam again since the betrayal that forced them apart. It’s a strong ride of emotions balanced out by the sweetness of the friendship and later love of their younger selves. The plot is simple – the history of Percy and Sam’s relationship, and the healing of old wounds as they find their way back to each other as adults. It is incredibly engaging and sweet.

Those who are fans of friends to lovers in romance stories will see a couple of similarities to Christina Lauren’s Love and Other Words – the summer holiday house setting and the growing up as friends, then lovers. For me, that’s where it stopped. Love and Other Words is seriously angsty, while Every Summer After doesn’t have you on the edge of your seat in that way. It’s overall more pleasant and nostalgic even for holidays where nothing more matters than having fun with your friends. I also liked that it was set in Canada, a setting that I’m much less familiar with as a reader so it was refreshing. Small details, like Sue making endless pierogi (aka varenyky) despite not even liking them, have stuck with me as has the depth of Sam and Percy’s relationship.

Sam and Percy are two very different people, both driven in their own ways although Percy is much less rigid about achieving those things. Between their teenage and adult selves, it was fascinating to see how they are compromised (or not) to live their lives as they chose. Sam’s rigidity gets his younger self in trouble, while Percy is more lax, which gets her in bigger trouble. The twist was however unexpected for me, and I think needed time and perspective for the two main characters to hash it out. The happy ending is still there, but it’s a bit bumpier towards the end after the sweet beginning.

I did enjoy the style of writing, it feels laid back and easy to read. I’m looking forward to reading more of Fortune’s work.

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birdsam0610 | 24 outras críticas | Jun 1, 2024 |
Really enjoyed this one!
kdegour23 | 24 outras críticas | May 29, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book. I toyed between 3.5 to 4 stars because I did read it quickly, it was an easy read, and an enjoyable journey. But the jumping around in years was a little bit annoying. Almost too much jumping around. And it was obvious how it was going to end. But I guess that's true for every romance. This was about a girl who hooks up with her friend's brother, before she realizes he's her brother. You could see that coming a mile away at the beginning. And then it's their journey and how they continue to hook up over the years but keep it from everybody. And then when they tell everybody, now she all of a sudden needs time to figure out her life and then they kind of end things again, kind of. But in the end, everyone's happy and she has her flower farm on Prince Edward Island. It did make me want to go to PEI. Overall, enjoyable. I'm glad I read it. And I own one other book by this author. Good summer read, nothing earth shattering!… (mais)
Mav-n-Libby | 3 outras críticas | May 25, 2024 |





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