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The Summer They Never Forgot (2014)

by Kandy Shepherd(Favorite Author)
4.32 of 5 Votes: 2
0373742797 (ISBN13: 9780373742790)
review 1: Childhood sweethearts get a second chance at happiness in Kandy Shepherd’s charming and irresistible debut novel for Harlequin Romance, The Summer They Never Forgot.Sandy Adams had always thought that by the age of thirty, she would have settled down with the man of her dreams, had a couple of kids and found fulfillment in a challenging and satisfying career – she certainly never imagined that she would find herself single, dumped and unemployed! With her birthday fast approaching, Sandy realises that she cannot possibly continue to wallow in self-pity. She must take charge, grab the bull by the horns and become the mistress of her own destiny. Realising that she will always be haunted by memories of her failed relationship with Jason in Sydney, Sandy packs her bags, b... moreids farewell to her old life and decides to go for an interview in Melbourne, miles away from her family and friends’ pitying glances and well-meant but excruciating sympathy. While on her way to Melbourne, Sandy makes a little detour to Dolphin Bay, the small coastal town where she had spent a wonderful summer experiencing the magic of falling in love for the first time. With a interview to go to and a new life planned in Melbourne, Sandy isn’t planning on stopping in Dolphin Bay. However, when she claps eyes on Ben Morgan, her first love, she soon begins to see the attractions of settling down in the beautiful seaside town…Nobody is more surprised than Ben when Sandy Adams walks through the door of his guest house. Ben had been head over heels in love with Sandy when he had been nineteen years old. Although he had planned a future with the girl he was madly in love with, her pompous and pretentious father had put a stop to their relationship and Sandy had gone back home to the city leaving a heartbroken Ben behind in Dolphin Bay. Determined to prove to Sandy’s father that he wasn’t just a laid back beach bum, Ben had knuckled down and got a business degree in the City. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the metropolis to return to Dolphin Bay, Ben had been determined to bring his hometown into the twenty-first century and restore its fortune – which he’d done with great aplomb. However, Ben’s life has been anything but a bed of roses. Having lost everything he held dear to him in a cruel twist of fate, a dejected Ben had vowed to keep emotions at bay and never experience that kind of pain ever again. But Sandy’s return to Dolphin Bay brings to the surface long-suppressed feelings he’d thought long buried!When Sandy finds herself having to stick around for longer than she intended, she quickly begins to feel at home in the Bay – and in Ben’s strong arms! Twelve years might have passed since that last fateful summer, but Ben and Sandy soon find themselves rekindling their old relationship. But will they have the happy ending they’ve always wanted? Or will they be torn apart by old fears and nagging insecurities?A heart-warming, compelling and emotional tale about letting go of the past, taking a chance on love and healing from the past, The Summer They Never Forgot is a terrific contemporary romance packed with warmth, magic and heart that I couldn’t bear to put down. Ben and Sandy’s love story was dramatic, powerful and emotional, but it also made me a laugh out loud as well as shed a tear or two.I thought Sandy was a terrific heroine. Believable, flawed and realistic, she’s the kind of heroine you’d love to have a natter and share a bottle of wine with whilst Ben was a gorgeous, sensitive and kind-hearted hero who will make readers go week at the knees!A fabulous debut novel that has got keeper written all over it, The Summer They Never Forgot is an outstanding contemporary romance you will not be able to resist!This review was originally published on Cataromance.
review 2: Taking a stroll down memory lane is something we all do at some stage of our lives. It might be just because at that current moment we feel lost or you might be at a point where you are thinking you would have been better off if you made a different decision. But no matter the reason , for most of us the fact remains that we will simply never get back what once was. Unless a second chance is in the cards for us.As is the case in the new read from Kandy Shepard. On impulse Sandy Adams takes a detour and ends up back in Dolphin Bay. She runs smack bang into Ben. Once they shared a beautiful relationship together until certain circumstances tore them apart. Now they have a second chance at happiness but in the twelve years that have passed they have both become different people and it is not as easy as " Okay let's do this again without any trouble".I really liked this read. It was a very nice focus on a trip down memory lane and the transformation of two people years after they once knew each other. I adored that the author used the difference in personalities to show both characters in a different light to each other. It reminded me that as we become older, we do change it is not always for the better but for the most part it is, but that does not mean we will be able to simply fall back into a previous pattern or relationship as easy as one, two, three. And this is so vital to remember when we come face to face with our past. Don't think the love of your life will simply just automatically focus on only the good you once had, there is always more to consider. Both main characters were very well written and I loved them from the start, but particularly I fell very hard for Ben. The man was a lost soul just needing to be healed, and I rooted for him all the way to find happiness with Sandy. There is a very stunning message in this read, one that we can all remember and take with us every minute of the day. Life is so short and if we get the opportunity to have a second chance at happiness or at anything really, we need to take it. Sitting back and only giving focus to the bad that once was will only make the entire situation so much more worse. You will never know if you once again let go of happiness and years later will still be left with the wondering of it all. Take a chance and never let circumstances deceive you, there is always something deeper hidden in everything in life.4 star review " The return of summer love, blossoms into an endless summer of happiness" less
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A fantastic beachside escape. Sweet, romantic and satisfying.
A sweet, evocative read. Kandy Shepherd always delivers
want to read about Ben's brother Jesse and Kate!
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