Publisher: Lake Union Publishing + Brilliance Audio
Release Date: July 09, 2019
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Mystery
Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.
Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.
Well, it certainly took me long enough to read a book by Kerry Lonsdale, but I am not mad that I started with Last Summer. I expected this to be more along the lines of romance but was pleasantly surprised that while it does have some romance and steam, it was also very twisty! I loved the aspect of Ella’s lost memory, and I loved the ride we go on as she tries to figure out what she forgot. Her husband Damien and celebrity adventurer Nathan are both super hunky and there is romance and some open-door steamy scenes which I know a lot of people are into. They never got too graphic which was nice for me but was just enough, and I loved Ella’s chemistry with both of them. The story really is quite heartbreaking thanks to her losing her child, and I loved the blend of different genres. Lonsdale explores all sorts of heavier topics, including grief, and I definitely teared up more than once.
The audio of Last Summer is narrated by Cristina Panfilio, and while it was a little off for me, I still thought it was good. I loved Panfilio’s voice for Ella, I just wasn’t a huge fan of her chapter transitions. It is hard to explain, but I still think audiobook lovers would like it fine and it wasn’t a bad audiobook by any means. There are so many times while reading this that my mouth dropped open and a couple of things actually gave me chills which I loved. I really enjoyed Lonsdale’s writing and I can see why she is a favorite author for many people. I was glued to this story and it went pretty quick despite being a bit of a slow burn. Memory loss is thoroughly explored in Last Summer, but it is not your typical amnesia story and I loved every single one of the twists. I can’t wait to read more by Lonsdale, and I am excited that she has such a great backlist!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.