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Every summer after
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In this debut set in Ontario, Canada, Percy returns to her childhood summer home, hoping to make amends with Sam, the man she left brokenhearted. Sam has always loved Percy. After she spurned him, ending their long friendship and the romance that had blossomed between them, he has seemingly moved on, but his mother's death brings Percy home. The two ignore their tragic ending, appearing to pick up almost where their friendship ended, before finally confronting their past transgressions. Switching between two timelines, AJ Bridel provides an excellent narration, embodying both the teenaged Percy and Sam and their adult counterparts and capturing the characters' emotions as they mature into adults. Bridel raises the novel to a higher level as her performance immerses listeners into the story and pulls them into both the young couple's growing friendship and their later reconnection as adults. VERDICT For listeners who like their second-chance romances with a healthy dose of young love. Purchase where contemporary romance audiobooks are popular.--Amanda L. S. Murphy
Publishers Weekly Review
Old wounds finally get a chance to heal in Fortune's spectacular debut. At 13 years old, Persephone "Percy" Fraser spends the summer in Barry's Bay, Ontario, aka "cottage country," where she meets Sam and Charlie Florek. Percy and Sam form an immediate bond and, over the next six summers, fall deeply in love--until everything goes horribly wrong. Fortune teases out what happened during that last summer to tear Percy and Sam apart as Percy, now 30, returns to Barry's Bay for the first time in 12 years to attend the funeral of Sam and Charlie's mother, a woman she adored. She and Sam, who haven't spoken since things ended, must finally confront their history and find the courage to accept responsibility for their mistakes. Alternating between the past and present, the story flawlessly conveys the lovers' growth both together and apart, and the summery setting provides an idyllic backdrop to their path back to each other. Centered on redemption and forgiveness, this sweeping, heartfelt romance proves impossible to put down. Agent: Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary. (May)
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