• Every Summer After

  • By: Carley Fortune
  • Narrated by: Aj Bridel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,285 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"A radiant debut."—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Named One of the Hottest Reads of Summer 2022 by Today ∙ Parade ∙ PopSugar ∙ USA Today ∙ SheReads ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ BookBub ∙ Bustle ∙ and more!

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 story of love and the people and choices that mark us forever.

©2022 Carley Fortune (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

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PopSugar's "36 New Romance Novels That Will Make You Fall in Love With 2022"

“Any book that begins with a cocktail-and-heartbreak-induced haircut has a strong likelihood of being just the book for me, but Every Summer After outshone even my highest hopes. Fortune’s wit is sharp, her prose is gorgeous, and her characters thrum with the rare kind of life and breath we readers are constantly on the lookout for. This is a radiant debut that packs an emotional wallop.”—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read 

“A sweet story about second chances, and how the future we imagine for ourselves is never quite what it turns out to be.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways and Wish You Were Here 

“Carley Fortune perfects the nostalgia of young summer love and the choices that change us forever in Every Summer After, a smart and delightful novel that will tug on your heartstrings, and more than satisfy fans of Emily Henry. This is your next must-read beach-read from an exciting new voice. A total joy to devour!”—Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push 

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Very sweet summer read, but a little to sexually descriptive.

This book kept my interest and I finished in a matter of almost two weeks. I only listen when I’m walking.
The only thing I could have done without was the sexual parts. I feel as though one can hint at the situation without going all full blow descriptive. Call me old fashioned, I guess.
The worst of that part was about the last 5 minutes of chapter 15…just in case you want to avoid a little of it. Otherwise a wonderful read.

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Wow

Childhood friends to lovers
Mental health
Summers at the lake
Characters to love forever
Side characters that are whole, interesting people
Death
Family
Dual timelines
Set in Canada, read by a phenomenal narrator

I could not put this book down. Every time I had to, my gut clenched. I cannot get enough of Barry’s Bay, Percy, Sam, Charlie, and all the rest. This is a fully realized, beautiful story. The writing will take you away, and I have a feeling I will keep coming back to this one over and over again. Absolutely blown away. A stunning debut.

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Loved this Second Chance Summer Romance!

“Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.”

There is just something about a second chance romance that will always make me love them and this book delivers! It’s the perfect summer read and made me nostalgic for the innocence of love young and having a friend to spend every sun filled day together. And boy did this story bring the heartache and angst as well!

Sam and Percy met the summer they both turned 13, awkward teens needing a friend at the lake, and they quickly fell into the role of becoming each other’s best friend and then so much more as each summer ended over 6 years’ time. Yet their friendship and love ended 12 years ago, making my heart ache with anticipation of discovering what happened all those years ago to break Sam and Percy apart.

Told in past summers and present heartache, I loved watching Percy fall into young love with Sam, with each summer discovering more of themselves and each other. Sam is the kind of boy I could easily imagine falling in love with, caring, funny and attentive, he was the ultimate summer crush. From dock jumping, to skinny dipping to horror moving binging, these two had an undeniable bond and chemistry that made me swoon. And grown-up Sam was even better, through grief and heartache he put aside his own pain to re-kindle a friendship and maybe more with the woman who never let go of his heart. Did the twist crush my heart? Yes, it absolutely did, I’m not sure I’ve fully forgiven them yet, but it is a story that I can’t stop thinking about and I have the best book hangover after finishing.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator embodied Percy perfectly, from young awkward girl to a woman dealing with grief and looking for forgiveness. Do yourself a favor and grab this one!

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LOVED

I just really liked this book. It had enough depth to be interesting, but still an easy listen. Kept my attention, great narrator! Maybe my new favorite. Look forward to another book by this author, I like her A LOT!

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Easy listen with a PG-13 rating

This is the first time I have experienced Carley Fortune's writing. And I will have to say, I will look forward to more from this author. The story was well told, didn't lag nor was drawn out, just a good story, great narrator and HEA. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good beach read this summer.

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Great for fans of Christina Lauren & KA Tucker!

This reminded me of “Love and Other Words” by Christina Lauren and “Simple Wild” by KA Tucker. Two of my faves. If you like either of those, I’d recommend this one to you. You will not be disappointed.

Overall I love all the characters and I personally love the past and present switching each chapter. Both timelines kept you on the edge wanting more.

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Enjoyable, predictable listen

This was an enjoyable listen. It’s predictable but still interesting. Good characters. While I enjoyed the narrator on the whole, I got a bit annoyed with the whiny-ness of her narration toward the end - probably in combination with the low self-esteem of the main character in the end. It didn’t really square with the at-time spunky girl we met earlier in the novel. I wish the main character had a bit more spine in the end - yeah, she did something not great, but Sam wasn’t blameless either and she didn’t really hold him accountable. I want girls to know their worth more - and I didn’t feel like she ever got there - even in the end.

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Couldn’t stop listening

This book. This book! Ugh I needed this book. I don’t want to ruin it so just read it already.

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Amazing Awesome Superb A must read

There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how amazing this book is. It’s one of those that you become obsessed with and pray she writes a follow up for Charlie bc you just need to stay in their world.

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Interesting story, flat performance

The story was mostly interesting although I’m not a fan of reading graphic sex scenes, and there was a bit more of that than necessary to move along the storyline. I did not enjoy the reader, though. Every “guy” character sounded exactly the same and always with a very flat and bored-sounding tone. And the main character’s best friend, I cringed every time she came on. She sounded like a snobby 12 year old no matter her age in the story.