Another sensational summer read by author Carley Fortune!
I devoured her debut novel last year, Every Summer After. I’m thrilled to report that once again, the author has delivered another wonderfully atmospheric second-chance romance, Meet Me at the Lake.
Fern and Will spent an amazing day together in Toronto ten years ago. They made a plan to meet up again 1 year later at Fern’s family resort near Lake Muskoka in Canada. Will never showed up.
Fern is now 32 and although she swore never to return to her mother’s resort, she finds herself back again due to circumstances beyond her control. And who is the new business consultant? Will.
I’d like to say that I savored this book over the course of a week or so but I read it in 2 days, a record for me. I could not get enough of Fern and Will! There is a depth to all of the characters here that made for a sublime reading experience. Fern and Will never could have predicted the unexpected obstacles life threw their way. And the author’s Reader Note at the end of the book was extraordinary.
Finally, I can’t stop staring at this beautiful cover! It evokes feelings of nostalgia and summer and is perfect for all the emotions in this heartwarming book.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Berkley. All opinions are my own.)
About the Book:
Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in Toronto. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.
At thirty-two, Fern’s life doesn’t look at all how she once imagined it would. Instead of living in the city, Fern’s back home, running her mother’s Muskoka lakeside resort–something she vowed never to do. The place is in disarray, her ex-boyfriend’s the manager, and Fern doesn’t know where to begin.
She needs a plan–a lifeline. To her surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives nine years too late, with a suitcase in tow and an offer to help on his lips. Will may be the only person who understands what Fern’s going through. But how could she possibly trust this expensive-suit wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago. Will is hiding something, and Fern’s not sure she wants to know what it is.
But ten years ago, Will Baxter rescued Fern. Can she do the same for him?