#BookReview This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune @CarleyFortune @PenguinRandomCA #ThisSummerWillBeDifferent #CarleyFortune #PenguinReads Title: This Summer Will Be Different

Author: Carley Fortune

Published by: Berkley on May 7, 2024

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 320

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Penguin Random House

Book Rating: 9/10

This summer they’ll keep their promise. This summer they won’t give into temptation. This summer will be different.

Lucy is the tourist vacationing at a beach house on Prince Edward Island. Felix is the local who shows her a very good time. The only problem: Lucy doesn’t know he’s her best friend’s younger brother. Lucy and Felix’s chemistry is unreal, but the list of reasons why they need to stay away from each other is long, and they vow to never repeat that electric night again.

It’s easier said than done.

Each year, Lucy escapes to PEI for a big breath of coastal air, fresh oysters and crisp vinho verde with her best friend, Bridget. Every visit begins with a long walk on the beach, beneath soaring red cliffs and a golden sun. And every visit, Lucy promises herself she won’t wind up in Felix’s bed. Again.

If Lucy can’t help being drawn to Felix, at least she’s always kept her heart out of it.

When Bridget suddenly flees Toronto a week before her wedding, Lucy drops everything to follow her to the island. Her mission is to help Bridget through her crisis and resist the one man she’s never been able to. But Felix’s sparkling eyes and flirty quips have been replaced with something new, and Lucy’s beginning to wonder just how safe her heart truly is.


Heartwarming, addictive, and thought-provoking!

This Summer Will Be Different is an absorbing, heartfelt tale that takes you into the life of the independent, loyal Lucy as she juggles a best friend in need of help, a life she enjoys but may be missing a little something, and an ongoing attraction for the one man she’s not allowed to have but who she’s never been able to forget, Felix.

The writing is sweet and smooth. The characters are kind, caring, and endearing. And the plot is a touching tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, happiness, healing, taking chances, growth, revelations, tender moments, light drama, promises, selflessness, romance, and new beginnings.

For the past few years, Carley Fortune’s books have topped my must-read favourites list, and even though I didn’t think it was possible to love her books any more than I already did, she proved me wrong once again. This Summer Will Be Different made my heart ache and smile in just 320 pages, and not only did I absolutely adore it, but it might just be one of my all-time summer faves!


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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.


About Carley Fortune

CARLEY FORTUNE is the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling au­thor of Every Summer After and Meet Me at the Lake. She’s also an award-winning Canadian journalist who has worked as an editor for Refinery29, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Toronto Life. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani

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