Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Every Summer After is full of angst and yearning and characters not easily forgotten.


After a night out in the city, Persephone Fraser receives a call that prompts her to return to Barry’s Bay, where she and her family used to spend every summer. Almost immediately, she runs into Sam Florek, her ex, her first love, the man she is still not over.

Persephone, or Percy, her former nickname, first met Sam at the cottage when they were thirteen years old. For six years, they spent every summer and holiday together; they were inseparable. They spent their days swimming in the lake, running, working, and doing everything together. Over the years, their friendship evolved into something more, and they began looking toward their future together. That is until something happened, and their relationship entirely fell apart.

Review of Every Summer After

This coming-of-age/second-chance romance has dual timelines, which are equally compelling. It is very much a character-driven story.

This book was so close to a five-star read. I don’t read many romance novels, but this one was thoroughly unputdownable. And when I had to set it down, I could not wait to get back to it. The first few chapters that outlined Percy’s present lifestyle didn’t interest me much. But, when she returned to Barry’s Bay, the chemistry between the two was unmatched. The author perfectly captured hot summer days spent at the lake.

My only criticism would be that the ending wrapped up slightly too perfectly and felt rushed.

Even if romance isn’t your go-to genre, I would still recommend this if you enjoy character-focused stories. At the time of writing this review, I finished reading this book several days ago, and I’m still swooning over Sam and Percy.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 10 May 2022

Thank you to Viking for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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