Same Time Next Summer

Books on Tape. Jun. 2023. 6:58 hrs. ISBN 9780593742013. $66.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Former lovers Sam and Wyatt are reunited for the first time in 14 years when Sam brings her fiancé Jack home in Monaghan’s (Nora Goes Off Script) novel of delayed love. With well-matched narrators—Brittany Pressley, who voices Sam, and Dan Bittner, who voices Wyatt—listeners will feel the pull between the two. Pressley’s animated performance conveys extrovert Sam’s full range of emotions, including tenderness, anxiety, and insecurity over making the right choices. Her family is clearly not thrilled with her choice of a partner, though they want her to be happy. In contrast, Bittner’s even-keeled performance communicates introvert Wyatt’s reluctance to share his feelings about his past actions, hoping to spare Sam unnecessary heartache. As the tension between the two lovers builds, Wyatt can fully express himself only in song, while Sam struggles to move ahead with her life. The lack of communication between the two resolves when Sam makes a major decision regarding her future.
VERDICT A fun romp at the beach house yields a satisfying ending. Share with fans of Carley Fortune’s Every Summer After or Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation.
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