Same Time Next Summer

Putnam. Jun. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780593544969. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When Sam visits her parents’ beach house on Long Island with her fiancé in tow, she expects to check out a wedding venue in town and then promptly head back to Manhattan and her well-ordered life. Sam’s plans are upended when she finds that her childhood sweetheart Wyatt is also visiting, right next door. Wyatt left Sam to establish a music career in Los Angeles back when Sam was 17, breaking her heart. Seeing him again, Sam cannot stop herself from comparing her safe but boring life with the creative life she used to lead. Wyatt embodies the latter, and the more time she spends with him, the more she discovers how much she’s been denying herself. Sam has a choice: remain on the safe road to marriage with her fiancé or bravely forge a new path full of unknowns. Sam’s flashbacks to past happy summers with Wyatt while she struggles with her current love triangle will have readers devouring the pages.
VERDICT Monaghan (Nora Goes Off Script) crafts a satisfying beach romance with former childhood loves getting a second chance at happily ever after.
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