The ultimate summer nostalgia read, about an engaged woman who comes face to face with her first love who she hasn't seen in fourteen years, but who she spent every summer with from age five to seventeen when he broke her heart, calling into question everything she thought she knew about their love story, and herself.
“An unforgettable love story…Bursting with the magic of first love, it’s everything I want in a summer romance.”—Carley Fortune, author of Every Summer After
Beach Rules: Do take long walks on the sand. Do put an umbrella in every cocktail. Do NOT run into your first love.
Sam’s life is on track. She has the perfect doctor fiancé, Jack (his strict routines are a good thing, really), a great job in Manhattan (unless they fire her), and is about to tour a wedding venue near her family’s Long Island beach house. Everything should go to plan, yet the minute she arrives, Sam senses something is off. Wyatt is here. Her Wyatt. But there’s no reason for a thirty-year-old engaged woman to feel panicked around the guy who broke her heart when she was seventeen. Right?
Yet being back at this beach, hearing notes from Wyatt’s guitar float across the night air from next door as if no time has passed—Sam’s memories come flooding back: the feel of Wyatt’s skin on hers, their nights in the treehouse, and the truth behind their split. Sam remembers who she used to be, and as Wyatt reenters her life their connection is as undeniable as it always was. She will have to make a choice.
About the Author
Annabel Monaghan is the author of IndieNext and LibraryReads pick Nora Goes Off Script as well as two young adult novels and Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?, a selection of laugh-out-loud columns that appeared in the Huffington Post, the Week, and the Rye Record. She lives in Rye, New York, with her family.
One of Zibby Owens’s Most Anticipated Books of 2023 One of Reader’s Digest’s Most Anticipated Books of 2023
“Bursting with the magic of first love, it’s everything I want in a summer romance. I devoured it!”—Carley Fortune, author of Every Summer After
“Utterly charming....Should go directly into your beach bag." —Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Hotel Nantucket
“The ultimate beach read, this heartfelt and romantic story will transport you to a place filled with ocean breezes and the crash of waves.” —Reader’s Digest
"[A] masterful romance….Monaghan nails the second-chance romance trope, allowing the love between her leads to rekindle slowly as they forge a satisfying path to forgiveness. This is a knockout." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Is there anything better than an oceanfront novel about the enduring power of summer love?” —Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards
“Absolutely captured my heart from the very beginning....The definition of a perfect beach read and should be on everyone's summer reading list!" —Falon Ballard, author of Lease on Love and Just My Type
“Hands down, my favorite book of the summer....Kept me feeling nostalgic for that fizzy, all-consuming intensity of first love.” —Lacie Waldon, author of The Layover and From the Jump
“This is second chance romance at its absolute finest."—Angie Hockman, author of Dream On and Shipped
“Elegant and richly emotional...We never wanted to leave the summer shores and gorgeous pages of this lyrical love story.” —Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Roughest Draft
“Witty and wonderful, this book should be on the top of everyone's to be read pile!”—Jenn McKinlay, author of Wait For It
“Delicious, like a bag of chips you can’t put down until it’s finished. I loved it!”—Jane L. Rosen, author of Nine Women, One Dress and Eliza Stars a Rumor
“Perfect for anyone who’s ever wished they could bottle up the magic of their first summer romance—and uncork it decades later.” —Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home and Shoulder Season
“The swoony romance we all want and need!...A beautiful love story, full of wit, wisdom, and heart.”—Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs
“Annabel Monaghan has worked her alchemy again....Take this one to the beach, but be forewarned: you'll be so swept away.” —Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party
"Prepare for a journey through unforgettable first love, its marriage to music, and the wit and charm that make Monaghan's books fresh and original....This is the love story of 2023." –Rochelle Weinstein, author of When We Let Go