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Carley Fortune

Autor/a de Every Summer After

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I'm not much of a romance reader but when this book was chosen for Canada Reads 2024 I thought I would give it a try. The defender said that romance fiction is the most read genre in the world but I don't think I'll be reading many more. Since this was the first book kicked off Canada Reads this year, I imagine the other defenders were similarily unimpressed.

It's the old story line: boy meets girl, they fall in love, they part, then they meet again later and are still in love. The only interesting part of this book was that the girl/woman inherits a vacation lodge in Ontario's lake country and she has to work hard to make it profitable again. The boy/man is now a financial consultant (he was an artist when they met) and was hired by the mom before she was killed in a car accident. It surprised the daughter when he showed up at the lodge a few weeks after her mom's death but nothing after that was really a surprise.

If you want a light, fluffy read then this is probably the book for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
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gypsysmom | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Mar 25, 2024 |
Every Summer After tells the story of Percy and Sam, neighbors at Percy’s parents’ lake house, who develop a romantic relationship over several shared summers and whose eventual love is undone by a horrible secret that forces the couple to go their separate ways. When Sam’s mother dies, Percy returns to Barry’s Bay to pay her respects and maybe right the most terrible wrong of her life—if it isn’t too late.

The author compellingly conveys the magic and uncertainty of young and budding love with characters the reader can’t help falling for. The then-and-now format reveals clues at more or less the right speed, though the secret was telegraphed. A cute summer love story bordering on YA/NA, it makes me wonder if off-page sex would have been more appropriate for the tone of the novel. The sex scenes came off as forced and repetitive with lip biting ala Fifty Shades.

Still, I had a good time reading this straightforward story, sure to appeal to anyone who has experienced a childhood crush. Recommended.

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bfrisch | Hi ha 21 ressenyes més | Mar 3, 2024 |
Predictable and trite. Lots of "I learned at 17...." but wait for 100 pages before you find out what happened at 17. Lots of misunderstandings that could have been resolved and questions that could have been answered easily, but weren't. Resolved by a previously unseen character arriving and explaining everything. Will has anxiety issues that he believes will escalate if he has children, but Fern is happily pregnant at the end of the novel. She'll raise the kids and take care of his mental health and she's happy because the sex is great and they've spent several week together. Need I say more?… (més)
LynnB | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Feb 22, 2024 |
The premise of this book is weak. I gave it 2 stars.
csobolak | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Jan 22, 2024 |





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