Katie Higgins was the first girl I ever loved. We spent one summer together at Lake Fisher when we were sixteen and then I never saw her again. My life is shit, my job is gone, and my dad had a stroke, so I find myself back at Lake Fisher once again. And so does Katie. Her last name isn't Higgins anymore, because Katie is married with three kids and one more on the way, but when she shows up at Lake Fisher with her kids, danger trails her all the way there. I could do a lot of things. I could leave and go home. I could stay and deal with it. But what I want most of all is just to take care of Katie. If I concentrate on her, maybe I won't have to face my own problems. Yeah, that's it. Fix Katie.
I haven't seen Jake in eighteen years, but the moment I lay eyes on him, I feel safer than I have in a very long time. Memories swamp me every time I look out over the clear, cool water. A first kiss. A first boyfriend. A first love. That old spark is still there. I just can't act on it, and neither can Jake. Our story started eighteen years ago, and then we both made lives with other people. Jake is willing to tell me about his, but I can't share mine with him. Ever. We can be friends and spend another summer together, right? Sure, we can.
The freedom of adolescent summer love is constricted by the complexities of adult life in this heartfelt contemporary loosely linked to Falkner's Reed Brothers series. Suspended New York policeman Jake Jacobson is unexpectedly reunited with Katie Higgins, his summer love from 18 years before, when he goes home to North Carolina to visit his father, who's had a stroke. Katie, who's very pregnant and has three kids in tow, is hiding out at the beach house her family rented from Jake's father all those years ago, hoping her abusive ex won't be able to find her there. This time around, Jake and Katie's romance won't be simple. Falkner's protagonists and secondary characters, such as Jake's cantankerous but intuitive father ("He was never very nice, but he was interesting"), are fully realized, and their voices are natural and appealing. The struggle between Jake and Katie's reignited affections and the echoes of their adult lives is beautifully conveyed through the narrative's changing perspectives: Jake and Katie's grown and younger selves take turns providing their unique views, developing the sweetness of young love and summertime joy and heightening the present-day tensions and conflicts that arise as Jake and Katie must confront their emotions and their pasts. Ripe with contemplations on the complexities of love and relationships, this is a tender story that tugs at the heartstrings in any season. (BookLife)
Feels Like Summertime
First time reading this author. While I enjoyed a lot of the story, I have to say it’s one I can’t imagine ever taking place in the real world. The descriptive sex scenes I found mostly unnecessary as well as a lot of the language. But that seems the norm in most books written these days.
I enjoyed Katie and Jake’s story. The last couple of chapters really got me in the feelings. I liked how this book didn’t try to diminish the bond Katie had with her deceased husband. Her kids and the dog were pretty great as well. The epilogue with the Reeds was a nice tie in to their series. Overall another great read from this author.
What a beautiful story, witty, dramatic, heat worming. I couldn’t let it down.