Last Summer

Last Summer

From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.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...

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Title:Last Summer
Author:Kerry Lonsdale
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Edition Language:English

Last Summer Reviews

  • Kerry

    I am ecstatic to bring you my next project, LAST SUMMER. Thank you for adding my book to your Goodreads shelf. And when it comes up on your to-be-read pile of books, thank you for reading. I can’t wait for you to discover what my next protagonist, Ella Skye, has in store for you. Enjoy! Kerry xo

    PS: LAST SUMMER is a stand-alone book, and not part of a series. It’s my first stand-alone since ALL THE BREAKING WAVES. I’ve been told by several early readers that LAST SUMMER is compulsively readable,

    I am ecstatic to bring you my next project, LAST SUMMER. Thank you for adding my book to your Goodreads shelf. And when it comes up on your to-be-read pile of books, thank you for reading. I can’t wait for you to discover what my next protagonist, Ella Skye, has in store for you. Enjoy! Kerry xo

    PS: LAST SUMMER is a stand-alone book, and not part of a series. It’s my first stand-alone since ALL THE BREAKING WAVES. I’ve been told by several early readers that LAST SUMMER is compulsively readable, so my apologies in advance for any lack of sleep because you couldn’t put the book down. :) BTW, those are the best kinds of books. I love it when I can get sucked into a story and suffer from a book hangover when I finish.

  • J.T.

    What a stunner!!!

  • DJ Sakata

    I quickly succumbed to Ms. Lonsdale's magic and tumbled right into an oddly unsettling yet mesmerizing vortex inhabited by her troubled characters. In case you haven't figured it out yet, Ms. Lonsdale is deviously talented with the word voodoo! My opinions and feelings towards her characters turned on a dime, I couldn’t decide who was to be believed as none seemed trustworthy and all appeared to be harboring layer upon layer of secrets, tragic losses, and deep-seated issues that I was extremely

    I quickly succumbed to Ms. Lonsdale's magic and tumbled right into an oddly unsettling yet mesmerizing vortex inhabited by her troubled characters. In case you haven't figured it out yet, Ms. Lonsdale is deviously talented with the word voodoo! My opinions and feelings towards her characters turned on a dime, I couldn’t decide who was to be believed as none seemed trustworthy and all appeared to be harboring layer upon layer of secrets, tragic losses, and deep-seated issues that I was extremely curious to unearth. The writing was emotive and highly moody while the storylines were maddeningly paced and cunningly crafted. I was deeply annoyed and beyond irritated with each character in turn and biting my cuticles and lips with the ever-increasing and ratcheting tension. It was stellar!

  • Amy

    I’ve been a huge fan of KL’s books since her debut and this book is such a big departure from her books, but in a really awesome way! Her other books have been solidly Women’s Fiction and this was much edgier and much sexier than her previous books and I loved every single page.

    This was basically the definition of a binge read for me, I was supposed to be buddy reading it with my friends Chelsea and Jamie and ended up tearing through it because I seriously could NOT put it down! It was such a

    I’ve been a huge fan of KL’s books since her debut and this book is such a big departure from her books, but in a really awesome way! Her other books have been solidly Women’s Fiction and this was much edgier and much sexier than her previous books and I loved every single page.

    This was basically the definition of a binge read for me, I was supposed to be buddy reading it with my friends Chelsea and Jamie and ended up tearing through it because I seriously could NOT put it down! It was such a fast and well paced read, full of shocks and surprises that I finished it on record time because I was just as eager to learn what happened last summer as Ella was.

    Memory loss is nothing new in books but KL manages to put her own unique spin on it that was totally unexpected and incredibly fascinating. Besides that angle, you have this surprisingly steamy side that I wasn’t expecting at all, but I really loved it and felt like it gave the whole thing a really cool edge. I’m always impressed when authors try something new from their usual style and I’m so impressed by what KL did here. This was a highly entertaining and wildly addictive read that is perfect for summer!

    Last Summer in three words: Compulsive, Sexy and Tense

  • Erin Clemence

    I have read every novel that Kerry Lonsdale has published, from her

    series, to the collection of short stories

    . That being said, the oppourtunity to be able to read her new one had me over the moon with excitement.

    This novel has a common, almost overdone, premise. A young woman loses her memory, through a tragic accident, and then spends the rest of the novel trying to put together the missing pieces. In “Last Summer” however, there are so many twists and turns that this novel is neither boring nor predictable.

    Lonsdale’s characters are always intensely human. They have an innocence and a naiveté, yet also a fierce bravery and strength. Ella Skye is no different; a woman with many flaws and a passionate heart who is desperate to reconnect with her beloved husband. The novel is told in sequence

    , which contributes to the easy flow of the novel. The storyline is powerful, and the message is both intensely dark, yet powerfully dramatic, weaving a tale of the lengths one goes to to keep and protect the one they love.

    Fans of

    will adore this novel, but it is most definitely a standalone work. There are so many twists and turns before the ending of “Summer”, that readers will have all of their assumptions turned on their heads. It wraps up in a nice little package, but it will take you on heck of a ride to get there.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    This is my second book from Kerry Lonsdale, and I love it just as much as the first.

    Ella Skye is a lifestyle journalist who interviews celebrities and politicians alike. She also crosses the line sometimes with those she interacts and has had an escapade or two.

    But then she meets, Damien, and quickly falls in love and marries. She remembers every detail of their whirlwind romance, but not the tragic accident that causes her to lose her pregnancy. The whole pregnancy is wiped from her memory.

    Ella

    This is my second book from Kerry Lonsdale, and I love it just as much as the first.

    Ella Skye is a lifestyle journalist who interviews celebrities and politicians alike. She also crosses the line sometimes with those she interacts and has had an escapade or two.

    But then she meets, Damien, and quickly falls in love and marries. She remembers every detail of their whirlwind romance, but not the tragic accident that causes her to lose her pregnancy. The whole pregnancy is wiped from her memory.

    Ella is searching for answers, for memories. She is assigned a story about Nathan Donovan, a celebrity who knows things about her even she doesn’t know. She follows Nathan to gather answers, and she learned the truth may not set her free.

    Last Summer is filled with tension and suspense! I wanted to know more about Ella right alongside her. All the characters are richly drawn and real. There’s equal parts drama and darkness here.

    My favorite aspect of Lonsdale’s books is the effortless writing that makes for effortless reading. I slammed this book so fast, and I loved every minute. While you may think you have heard a storyline similar to Ella’s before, I can assure you this is a fresh take that will keep you guessing.

    Overall, Last Summer is a compelling drama perfect for summer reading or any time of year!

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This was steamy, suspenseful, and had an ending I definitely didn't see coming! Full review to come.

  • Berit☀️✨

    WOW! Kerry Lonsdale Took me on a wild and crazy ride with this fast-paced addictive story! And let me tell you what when I got off this ride my mind was spinning, what the actual... Ella wakes up in the hospital to discover that she has lost her baby, the problem is she does not remember being pregnant. I know what you’re thinking. I know you think you know where this book is going. But I can guarantee you that you do not! This book twisted and turned. It was dark, disturbing, and distressing.

    WOW! Kerry Lonsdale Took me on a wild and crazy ride with this fast-paced addictive story! And let me tell you what when I got off this ride my mind was spinning, what the actual... Ella wakes up in the hospital to discover that she has lost her baby, the problem is she does not remember being pregnant. I know what you’re thinking. I know you think you know where this book is going. But I can guarantee you that you do not! This book twisted and turned. It was dark, disturbing, and distressing. My opinions of Ella, her husband Damien and then later Nathan bounced all over the place sometimes changing in the middle of a paragraph. You do need to suspend believe for parts of the story, but believe me you’re going to want to. Because even though you will not always like these characters you will completely be sucked into their lives. And need to know what it is that Ella forgot AND why.

    *** Big thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

  • Lisa

    An imaginative and intriguing psychological drama about lies, deceit and memory loss.

    SUMMARY

    Ella Skye is at the top of her game as a lifestyle journalist. Her assignments are the rich and famous, and she remembers every celebrity and politician she has interviewed. The chance meeting with Damien Russell, a wealthy entrepreneur; their love at first sight romance; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. She can even remember Damien telling her he never wanted children.

    An imaginative and intriguing psychological drama about lies, deceit and memory loss.

    SUMMARY

    Ella Skye is at the top of her game as a lifestyle journalist. Her assignments are the rich and famous, and she remembers every celebrity and politician she has interviewed. The chance meeting with Damien Russell, a wealthy entrepreneur; their love at first sight romance; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. She can even remember Damien telling her he never wanted children. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that landed her in the hospital and killed her unborn child. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant. And why would she even be pregnant if her husband didn’t want children?

    Hoping to find her lost memories, Ella begins delving into her past trying to remember her pregnancy. The baby’s newly decorated room, and the maternity clothes mean nothing to her. At work, she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a celebrity adrenaline-junkie 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 Sierra Nevada mountains to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. She soon discovers the people she trusts the 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.

    REVIEW

    If you could make a bad memory disappear, would you? LAST SUMMER is an imaginative and intriguing story. It’s a psychological drama exploring the limits of lies, deceit and secrets in relationships. One page easily leads to another in this quick and engaging read.

    LAST SUMMER is a beautiful blend of characters, setting and story. My favorite part was the cleverly plotted twists and turns. Kerry Lonsdale has plenty of tricks up her sleeve and you may pick up on a surprise or two. Her writing is first rate and Ella, Damien and Nathan‘s characters are delightfully well-drawn. Be sure to pack this gem on your summer beach trip! It’s coming out July 9, 2019

    Kerry Lonsdale writes emotionally charged domestic drama, family suspense, and women’s fiction. She is co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an international organization that boasts over 1,000 writers, Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, two naughty kitties, and an aging Golden Retriever convinced she’s still a puppy.

    Thanks to Netgalley, Kerry Lonsdale and Lake Union Publishing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Publisher Lake Union Publishing

    Published July 9, 2019

    Review

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.

    Whoa.

    Ella Skye is a journalist for

    magazine, a job which allows her to interact with celebrities, politicians, artists, scientists, anyone making news. She's never been above using her sex appeal, her intelligence, and her cunning to get what she wants—even her husband Damien, the handsome, high-profile owner of an internet security firm.

    But one night she wakes up in the hospital, dealing with a story even she doesn't want to handle. Apparently she was in a car accident

    4.5 stars.

    Whoa.

    Ella Skye is a journalist for

    magazine, a job which allows her to interact with celebrities, politicians, artists, scientists, anyone making news. She's never been above using her sex appeal, her intelligence, and her cunning to get what she wants—even her husband Damien, the handsome, high-profile owner of an internet security firm.

    But one night she wakes up in the hospital, dealing with a story even she doesn't want to handle. Apparently she was in a car accident and she miscarried her baby after more than five months of pregnancy. She discovers that not only can't she remember the accident or the events leading up to it, but worse than that, she doesn't even remember being pregnant.

    Her selective amnesia is devastating to Ella, and it puts a serious strain on her relationship with Damien. It's almost as if he doesn't believe that she can't remember being pregnant, like somehow she's forgetting on purpose. Months after the accident her memory is no better.

    "Our minds can be sneaky. They'll plant false memories when we can't make sense of something and bury others when we can't deal. Your memories are there, but for whatever reason, you can't retrieve them."

    When Ella gets the opportunity to pick back up a writing assignment that had been shelved, focusing on Nathan Donovan, the handsome host of a now-canceled wilderness survival program, she jumps at it. Not only will this exclusive help advance her career at the magazine, but when she realizes she has no memories of this man at all despite having spent two weeks with him, she wonders if somehow he is the key to retrieving her lost memories.

    Why can't Ella remember being pregnant? Why can't she remember Nathan, despite the fact that she shared with him some of the most intimate details of her life? Is this amnesia really the result of the accident, or did something else occur? Ella finds herself at a crossroads as she tries to figure out whether she and Damien still have a future, and if she can ever recapture her past.

    Kerry Lonsdale's

    was really fascinating and it hooked me from start to finish. While some of the plot is fairly predictable, Lonsdale threw some twists in as well, but it is her storytelling that drives this book. I didn't necessarily like any of the characters the more I got to know them, but I absolutely needed to know how (and if) Lonsdale was going to tie everything up.

    Sometimes when I read books I can totally see them as movies, and

    is definitely one of those. It's a compelling story you won't be able to get out of your mind—unless you're Ella, that is!

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