Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan
320 pages, Paperback
Publication June 6, 2023
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit
Taken from Goodreads: The ultimate summer nostalgia read, about an engaged woman who comes face to face with her first love who she hasn't seen in fourteen years, but who she spent every summer with from age five to seventeen when he broke her heart, calling into question everything she thought she knew about their love story, and herself.
Do take long walks on the sand.
Do put an umbrella in every cocktail.
Do NOT run into your first love.
Sam's life is on track. She has the perfect doctor fiancée, Jack (his strict routines are a good thing, really), a great job in Manhattan (unless they fire her) and is about to tour a wedding venue near her family's Long Island beach house. Everything should go to plan, yet the minute she arrives, Sam senses something is. Wyatt is here. Her Wyatt. But there's no reason for a thirty-year-old engaged woman to feel panicked around the guy who broke her heart when she was seventeen. Right?
Yet being back at this beach, hearing notes from Wyatt's guitar float across the night air from next door as if no time has passed--Sam's memories come flooding back: the feel of Wyatt's skin on hers, their nights in the treehouse, and the truth behind their split. Sam remembers who she used to be, and as Wyatt reenters her life their connection is as undeniable as it always was. She will have to make a choice.
My Thoughts: Wyatt is the person in Sam’s life that always let her be. He encouraged her freedom while also showing her how to live. Wyatt breaks Sam’s heart one summer and her entire life changes when she meets Jack. He is organized, has set routines, and has expectations that he meets and everyone he is with will meet.
From the minute Wyatt came back into Sam’s life, I could feel that there was so much unfinished between them. I had hopes that they would get back together but even more I wanted them to be okay as friends. I wanted them to look back at whatever tore them apart and put themselves back together. Their past is one that be dealt with for either of them to be able to move forward.
Same Time Next Summer is an easy book to read but it has many lessons within its pages. It tells the story of young heartbreak, finding yourself, and learning what is most important in life.
Thank for a copy of the book via in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Monagham (taken from Goodreads): Annabel Monaghan writes for TheWeek.com, The Huffington Post and The Rye Record. Her first book for adults, Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big? is a collection of humorous essays for moms (Fischer Press 2016). She is the author of two novels for young adults, A Girl Named Digit and Double Digit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010 and 2012), and she is the co-author of Click! The Girls Guide to Knowing What You Want and Making it Happen (Simon and Schuster 2007). Annabel teaches novel writing at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Rye, New York with her husband and three sons.