Thursday, June 6, 2024

Book Review for Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan

 Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan

Published June 4, 2024 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

Genre:   Contemporary Romance


Taken from Goodreads:
  Benefits of a summer romance: it’s always fun, always brief, and no one gets their heart broken.

There aren’t enough labeled glass containers to contain the mess that is Ali Morris’s life. Her mom died two years ago, then her husband left, and she hasn’t worn pants with a zipper in longer than she cares to remember. She’s a professional organizer whose pantry is a disgrace.

No one is more surprised than Ali when the first time she takes off her wedding ring and puts on pants with hardware—overalls count, right?—she meets someone. Or rather, her dog claims a man for her in the same way he claimed his favorite of her three children: by peeing on him. Ethan smiles at Ali like her pants are just right—like he likes what he sees. The last thing Ali needs is to make her life messier, but there’s no harm in a little Summer Romance. Is there?


My Thoughts:  I am happy to say that Annabel Monaghan is now a must-read author for me.  This is the first book of hers that I have read and I cannot wait to read more of her books.  

Summer Romance is a book of second chances, falling in love with your friend’s brother, and most importantly finding yourself.     These are all troupes that I enjoy and they were all in one amazing book.  

Ali and Ethan are perfect for each other, they compliment each other perfectly, and accept each other as they are.   I love their relationship with each other and with their families.   They both have histories but together they look to the future. 

Thank you Putnam Books for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


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Meet Anabel Monaghan (taken from her website): 


Things You Know about Anabel….I am the (…wait for it…) national bestselling author of Same Time Next Summer and Nora Goes Off Script, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Writing these love stories has probably been the most fun I’ve ever had. Pre-Nora, I wrote fiction for young adults and a column for not-so-young adults. Since you’ve gotten this far into my website, you probably knew that already.

I grew up in Los Angeles, and nearly every one of my relatives still lives in Southern California. I attended Duke University where I studied English. I have an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and a brief history as an investment banker. I also used to teach novel writing at the The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. I now live in the suburbs of New York City with my family, including a little dog who sheds.


Things You Don’t Know …

1. I share a birthday with Andy Rooney and LL Cool J. This fact is the lens through which I view the rest of my life.
2. I’m a lefty. The nuns never bothered me about it.
3. I always give young girls two pieces of advice: put sunscreen on your chest and marry Canadian. The rest seems obvious.
4. I still have every love letter I’ve ever received.
5. I’ve looked everywhere, but it turns out I don’t have a daughter.
6. I’m a member of six secret Facebook groups. I’ve said too much already.
7. I read Pride and Prejudice nearly every year.
8. My favorite movies generally end with a prom.
9. My Christmas tree is up the day after Thanksgiving and on the curb by 8am December 26th.
10. I find that it’s easier raising three kids than it was raising one.
11. I love funerals and the way they bring out the best in people.
12. I hid in my laundry room for an entire week while reading the Twilight series.
13. It always surprises me that you can still get your heart broken as an adult.
14. When I was a child I was sure I’d marry Steve Martin.
15. When I’m deep into a writing project, I’m not listening to anything you’re saying.
16. No, I don’t want to be on your committee.





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