“Bursting with the magic of first love, it’s everything I want in a summer romance.” —Carley Fortune, #1 New York Times bestselling author of EVERY SUMMER AFTER
Named a Best Book of Summer by Real Simple • Reader’s Digest • Country Living • The Skimm • BookBub • GoodReads
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 fiancé, 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 off. 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.
Monaghan (Nora Goes Off Script) reunites first loves in this masterful romance. Once a free spirit, Sam Holloway has sought practicality and predictability ever since her high school boyfriend, Wyatt Pope, broke her heart, leading her to a stuffy job as an HR consultant and engagement to a straitlaced doctor, Jack. On the brink of losing her job due to a misstep with a client, Sam returns to her family's Long Island summer home to regroup and scope out a potential wedding venue with Jack—only to discover that Wyatt, a singer songwriter, is also back in town to host a music festival. Sam is thrown ("Wyatt is a locked-away memory of a time I don't want to go back to and a person I can barely remember being. And somehow he's thirty feet away, right next door"), but believes she'll be able to avoid Wyatt—until Jack's parents show up and Jack asks to extend the trip. Sam's mother urges her to find closure with Wyatt, but the closeness brings up old feelings and memories of carefree summers together at the beach, leading Sam to question her life choices. Monaghan nails the second-chance romance trope, allowing the love between her leads to rekindle slowly as they forge a satisfying path to forgiveness (the reveal that Wyatt's love songs are about Sam doesn't hurt). This is a knockout.
Great summer read!
Nothing special about this book- typical love story
A Fun and Entertaining Read!
Do you need a Summer Read that will keep you entertained for hours?
Sam is engaged to be married and brings her fiancé, Jack, to her family’s summer home on Long Island for the first time. When her high school boyfriend, Wyatt, who crushed her heart reappears, will this bring back feelings she can not deny? After all, they had spent every summer together growing up! When the wedding planning comes down to all the important decisions, Jack doesn’t have time to help make those. This makes Sam reexamine her relationship with Jack. Is this the person she is meant to be with? Is it too late to call off the wedding?
A fast-paced Rom-Com that will have you turning the pages to find out what Sam ultimately decides! Is she able to create a life that makes her happy? A fun, entertaining,and refreshing read that leaves you feeling satisfied in the end! A great book to take on vacation or to read by the pool!