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Fiction Contemporary

Every Summer After

by (author) Carley Fortune

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
May 2022
Contemporary, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.

They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of spending summers in cottage country, on the glittering lakeshore of her childhood, she stays in a stylish apartment in Toronto, keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.

Until Percy receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.

For six summers during their youth, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm nights working in his family’s restaurant, Percy and Sam had been inseparable. And when Percy returns to the lake, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until she can confront the decisions she made, they’ll never know whether their love is bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Told over the course of six years in the past and one weekend in the present, Every Summer After is a gorgeously romantic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.

About the author

Contributor Notes

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 is an award-winning Canadian journalist who’s worked as an editor for Refinery29, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Toronto Life. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

Editorial Reviews

One of:
CBC Books' "14 romantic Canadian books to read on Valentine's Day"
Elle Canada's "This Season’s Buzziest Books From Canadian Women Writers"
BuzzFeed's "23 Books To Read If You Loved The Summer I Turned Pretty"
PopSugar's "36 New Romance Novels That Will Make You Fall in Love With 2022"
The Washington Post's "The best feel-good books of 2022"
Daily Hive's "22 Best Books of 2022"
Collider's "The 10 Best Trending Books On BookTok That Should Be Adapted Into Movies"
CBC Books' "Summer reading list: 45 cool books to read while the weather heats up"
Chatelaine's "8 Books We Can't Wait To Read This Spring"
BuzzFeed's "Here Are The Best Books Releasing In May That'll Make You Sprint To The Nearest Bookstore"
USA TODAY's "May's top rom-com reads"
Parade's "Our Favorite Books of Spring! 28 Books We're Loving This Season"
Yahoo Canada’s “10 books that have reached cult status on TikTok”
Goodreads’s “Best debut novels of 2022”
Goodreads’s “Best romance novels of 2022”
The Washington Post’s “Best feel-good books of 2022”
Daily Hive’s “22 Best Books of 2022”
Collider’s “10 Best Trending Books On BookTok That Should Be Adapted Into Movies”
Rakuten Kobo's "Top 20 eBooks of 2022"
Yahoo News' "19 Simple but Sultry Reads for Anyone Looking To Get Back Into Reading on the Beach"

“Any book that begins with a cocktail-and-heartbreak-induced haircut has a strong likelihood of being just the book for me, but Every Summer After outshone even my highest hopes. Fortune’s wit is sharp, her prose is gorgeous, and her characters thrum with the rare kind of life and breath we readers are constantly on the lookout for. This is a radiant debut that packs an emotional wallop.”
Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read

“A sweet story about second chances, and how the future we imagine for ourselves is never quite what it turns out to be.”
Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways and Wish You Were Here

“Carley Fortune perfects the nostalgia of young summer love and the choices that change us forever in Every Summer After, a smart and delightful novel that will tug on your heartstrings, and more than satisfy fans of Emily Henry. This is your next must-read beach-read from an exciting new voice. A total joy to devour!”
Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push
“Set in Ontario’s idyllic cottage country, Carley Fortune’s debut Every Summer After follows a couple—Persephone (Percy) and Sam—as they navigate loss, broken promises, and unrequited love. In a “then/now” narrative spanning nearly two decades, Fortune deftly explores the push and pull of a relationship burdened by past mistakes and misunderstandings, and how it’s as much about choice as it is fate. Evocative and nostalgic, this novel is perfect for those who covet steamy summer dock days and second-chance love stories. I devoured it!”
Karma Brown, #1 bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife
“Just like summer, I didn’t want this epic, nostalgic tale of youthful romance all grown up to end. Set in Ontario's cottage country, one of my favourite places on earth, this tantalizing debut is a perfectly gorgeous summer love story fans of Jojo Moyes and Emily Henry should add to their wish lists immediately!”
Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Lucky, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
“[An] absorbing, nostalgia-tinged romcom. . . . It’s the type of book that you’ll want to finish in one sitting and that will leave you with a giddy, butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling one minute and break your heart the next.”
—ELLE Canada
“Every Summer After Is The Sexiest Read Of 2022...Set in northern Ontario’s Barry’s Bay, Every Summer After will make you feel nostalgic for cottage summers and crushes....Prepare to fall in love (and maybe call your summer camp crush).”
Refinery29 Canada
Every Summer After is a quintessential summer novel, full of longing and lost love, and hits on so many beloved tropes. Though this isn't a YA novel, there's a lot of yearning and heartache, and tons of big feelings that align with [Jenny] Han's beloved series.”
BuzzFeed, "23 Books To Read If You Loved The Summer I Turned Pretty"
“A spectacular debut…Alternating between the past and present, the story flawlessly conveys the lovers’ growth both together and apart, and the summery setting provides an idyllic backdrop to their path back to each other. Centered on redemption and forgiveness, this sweeping, heartfelt romance proves impossible to put down.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Readers who enjoy a steamy love story in the mold of Jill Shalvis won't be able to put this novel down.”
“In the mood for summertime nostalgia (cottage summers, young crushes, sandy nights)? Carley Fortune brings those lakeshore towns and emotional memories to life in Every Summer After about haunting past choices and second-chance love.”
“The magic and romance of summer is palpable.”
“[A] hotly anticipated debut novel.”
—Toronto Star
“[T]he absolute perfect love story . . . gorgeous.”
—Daily Hive

Every Summer After is a quintessential summer novel, full of longing and lost love, and hits on so many beloved tropes. You’ll want to gobble it up in one satisfying bite.”
“Perfect for fans of People We Meet on Vacation, Fortune’s debut novel is filled with nostalgia and heart. Percy and Sam’s history is compelling and nuanced, making the story fly by faster than the summer months themselves. Although just like the places we spend our summers, and the people we meet along the way, Percy and Sam just might stay in your heart far beyond the last page.”
“Hurt/comfort fans will eat . . . [this] up. Recommended for those who like Sarah Dessen and K.  A. Tucker.”
—Library Journal
“[A] love story that manages to be fun and lighthearted while also touching on the messy stuff of adult life: grief, regret and missed opportunities.”

“Carley Fortune’s debut novel captures the magic and romance of summer.”
Global News
“[A] moving, redemptive, and undeniably sexy story of second chances at love. . . . [Y]our next beach read.”
“[A] rollercoaster love story told over the course of six summers in the past and one weekend in the present, and spiced with the kind of flirting that belongs to steamy summer nights.”
The Kit
Every Summer After might be the ultimate summer novel.”
Every Summer After . . . is shaping up to be one of the biggest books of this summer.”
The Globe and Mail
“[M]asterfully written. . . [Every Summer After] takes a deep-dive into love and how our decisions can alter everything.”
—Yahoo Canada

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