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 glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and 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 and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.

When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.


I still can’t believe EVERY SUMMER AFTER by Carley Fortune is a debut! She broke my heart over and over again. Carley had me feeling like I was sitting on the dock, feet dangling in the water, and giggling at something silly that Sam has said. Percy and Sam connected right away and spent their childhood and tween years practically attached at the hip, until they didnt. Throughout the whole story the reader is trying to figure out what drove them apart and it is truly heart breaking.

Every reader needs to put EVERY SUMMER AFTER on their TBR pile right now if they haven’t read it already. This story made me an instant fan of Carley Fortune and I’m so excited to see what she writes next. Her words put you right there in the middle of all the action to the point where you can actually feel the pain and heartache that Percy and Sam are going through. Carley will also have the reader craving perogies like never before.

The bond that Percy and Sam share is innocent and so lovely, Carley Fortune’s words making the reader truly care about all they are going through. Even though they only see each other when Percy’s family goes to their summer cabin each summer, their bond is very tight. Their story is told in alternating chapters of past and present. The present has Percy back at the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral. Keep the tissues close by when all of this is going down because there will be tears. Many tears!😥 EVERY SUMMER AFTER gave me all the feels, happy and sad, and I really loved every minute of it. Do yourself a favor and grab your copy now!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Berkley through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!🌞📚🌞


  1. Wonderful review, Sandy, I mean Susan. 😅😂 I wish there was an edit key sometimes. I put this on my TBR, then took it off, then put it back on. Your review convinced me to leave it on. I will probably read this one when the list at my library gets a bit shorter.

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