“Last Summer” by Kerry Lonsdale – Book Review

If you are looking for an escapist, light read, then this novel could very well be for you. I was in the mood for just such a book, yet this one left me underwhelmed.

I don’t always have to like the characters in a book, but it does help. Ella, the protagonist here, came across as very self-involved, privileged, and lacking in moral fiber. She was supposedly in love with two men, her husband Damien (a cybersecurity tycoon), and Nathan (an outdoorsman TV celebrity). The men were similar in physical appearance, and she was attracted to both. So much that I would say she was in ‘lust’ with them, rather than in love.

The lost memories theme of the book was a tad far-fetched in my opinion. Ella had commissioned a cognitive scientist to deliberately and selectively suppress some of her memories. Of course, after that was done she had no memory of it… Now, she wants to know what happened last summer, and how those events brought her to her present situation.

If you like reading of privileged people, in luxurious and exotic locales, then you’ll enjoy this. I, on the other hand found it quite shallow. Some serious themes are raised in this novel. Themes like honesty, betrayal, deception and childlessness, but these themes are dealt with in a frivolous and salacious manner.

Unfortunately, this novel was not really for me. Don’t let that deter you though if you like modern romance with beautiful people in luxurious locales – for my opinion of this book is in the minority.

This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley.

Publication date: July 9, 2019    Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781542093088    ASIN: B07HNSYCGG    297 pages

Kerry Lonsdale is a Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Amazon Charts, and #1 Kindle bestselling author. She writes standalone and series based emotionally charged domestic drama that readers have described as “unputdownable” and “intricately plotted.” Summer afternoon soaps, nighttime thriller dramas, and the deliciously scandalous novels she kept hidden in her school backpack under a smashed half-eaten pb&j, fueled her brassy imagination. She’s been constructing tales since she could wield a #2 stick of lead. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, her stories appeal to a wide, international audience and have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Kerry is also a member of the International Thriller Writers, My Book Friends, and NovelNetwork. She is an Abdominal Aortic Dissection and subclavian aneurysm survivor, and due to this trauma, educating people on the importance of vascular health has become a passion of hers.

Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband and college-aged kids where she spends her mornings writing and afternoons herding cats, literally.

Follow Kerry Lonsdale on Twitter @kerrylonsdale

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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15 Responses to “Last Summer” by Kerry Lonsdale – Book Review

  1. Laurel Ann says:

    I read Last Summer a couple a days ago and I am half way through No More Lies and I kinda wish I did not know the ending of Last Summer….but I am captivated by your story. The angst, the pain of these characters seem all too real and often times heartbreaking. I don’t always want a happy ending but I want one for Olivia, Lily, Lucas and of course Josh.

    You have done what I suspect all writers want and that is to deliver your characters in a way that your reader becomes engrossed and attached. Great job‼️


  2. Well… that hurts. But you know, from the blurb it sounds pretty dire to me as well. I’ll pass, thanks!


  3. Carla says:

    Too bad this one didn’t click for you Lynne. We can’t all love all the books. Nice, honest review. I hope you are feeling better.


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  5. Too bad this one wasn’t for you Lynne.

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  6. Carol says:

    Thanks for your honest review! This doesn’t sound like a book I’d enjoy.

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  8. Wow. Just curious, have you read anything else by her? I haven’t read this one, but I did just finish No More Words and I previously read Side Trip and I really enjoyed both of those. I’d be curious if this is just a one off or it her books just aren’t for you.

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