“Bursting with the magic of first love, it’s everything I want in a summer romance.” —Carley Fortune, #1 New York Times bestselling author of EVERY SUMMER AFTER
Named a Best Book of Summer by Real Simple • Reader’s Digest • Country Living • The Skimm • BookBub • GoodReads
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.
“Summer Break Out Pick” for Good Morning America Featured on The View A LibraryReads Pick One of Real Simple’s Must Read Books of Summer 2023 One of Glamour’s 21 BookTok Books That Will Be Blowing Up Your FYP this Summer One of Country Living’s Best Romance Novels of 2023 One of Reader’s Digest’s 32 Best Beach Reads for the Perfect Escape One of The Skimm’s 14 Reads That Belong In Your Beach Bag This Summer One of Zibby Owens’s Most Anticipated Books of 2023 One of Reader’s Digest’s 21 New Summer Books for 2023 That You Won’t Be Able to Put Down One of CBS News’ Five Beach Bag Books from the CBS New York Book Club One of The EveryGirl’s 16 Books to Read When You Don’t Want Summer to End
“Bursting with the magic of first love, it’s everything I want in a summer romance.”—Carley Fortune, #1 New York Times bestselling author of EVERY SUMMER AFTER
“Utterly charming….Should go directly into your beach bag." —Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Hotel Nantucket
“This book has magic in it, encapsulating those big, heady first-love feelings, and it simply feels like summer.” –USA Today
“This may be the ultimate summer beach read.” —Real Simple
“Annabel Monaghan is topping the list as our new favorite romance author…. This just might be the ultimate beach read of 2023.” –Country Living
“This one has “Sweet Home Alabama” energy with a Hamptons twist; we binged it in one day.” —The Skimm
“Take the first love butterflies of The Summer I Turned Pretty but fast forward a decade.” —Betches
“[A] fun and breezy beach read that’ll bring out your wild side.” –Parade
“Emotional love stories are my favourites and this one is pure summer escapism.” – Paige Toon, author of Only Love Can Hurt Like This
“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
“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
“Fresh, fun and deeply romantic. This will be the love story of the summer.” –Fiona Davis, author of The Spectacular
“Annabel Monaghan delights with her bright, sparkling, witty writing style that makes everyone want to be her best friend.” —Katie Couric Media
“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
“Pure summer sunshine, perfectly capturing the bittersweetness of first love. I could hear the waves and feel the summer breeze as I read. Annabel Monaghan is such a beautiful writer, and this story just swept me away.” —Beth O’Leary, author of The Flat Share
"[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)