Last Summer (Review)

by Kerry Lonsdale


Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Paperback: 297 Pages

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 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.


Kerry Lonsdale delivers another well crafted fast-paced novel with complex characters and incredible twist and turns. Last Summer keeps the reader captivated until the last page and eager to read more.

I was a few pages into the book, and Ella’s character sounded already so intriguing. She awakes in the hospital to found out that her pregnancy was interrupted by a car accident. However, affected by selective amnesia, Ella has no idea what everyone is talking about. She has no memory of her being pregnant; she only remembers that Damien, her husband, has never wanted to have children.

What has changed in their relationship and why her husband seems so distant in this situation?

As a lifestyle journalist, Ella is assigned to an important job. She has to interview Nathan Donovan and finish the piece she has started the previous summer, but her mind is blank again. She recalls every person interviewed during her career, but not him. After his husband reaction to her new job, she starts thinking Donovan might be the key to her questions.

Last summer memories could really be the answer, or they will jeopardize her marriage. But Ella needs to take the risk.

Kerry Lonsdale is terrific in creating her characters and all the dynamics of this top-notch storyline. And when you think everything sounds clear, you will be surprised again. Bravo, Kerry! Now, what I need is reading more about Ella’s story.

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