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This is my second book from Annabel Monaghan - I liked both of them. They are easy-going, romantic summer reads. No big dramas, yet very entertaining.

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A fun read, I liked both characters and wanted everything to work out for them. A best friends brother romance. Looking forward to more from this author.

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Annabel Monoghan has done it again and wrote yet another 5 star read for me. This book made me smile, laugh and even cry and I ended up reading this in one sitting because I could not and would not put it down until I knew what happened.

From the very first chapter I knew I was going to love Ali as a main character and just wanted the absolute best for her. She's been struggling through and has lost sense of who she is. She's such a realistic and relatable character whose development throughout was just perfect. She's been through so much and she deserved to be happy and to be selfish when it came to what she wanted or needed in life.

Ethan was absolutely adorable and I immediately found myself swooning. Not only was he an amazing love interest but he was just an amazing friend and support system for Ali. I loved how Ethan and Ali actually communicated and understood that relationships can be hard.

Summer Romance is more than just a romance. It's a story about grief, motherhood, self exploration, finding yourself and falling in love. Annabel is a fantastic writer who can do no wrong in my eyes and I cannot wait to read her next book!

Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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What a great book! Loved the characters and the depth they had to them. There was a balanced mix of humour and deeper themes so it didn’t feel too heavy but also gave more depth to the storyline. Would definitely recommend!!

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I ADORED Nora Goes off Script and Same Time Next Summer so I’m really sad to say I didn’t like Summer Romance. To be quite honest.. I was bored most of the time reading it, the only bits that I really liked were the sessions with Ali, Ethan and Pete.

There wasn’t anything “bad” about it as such, I think this one just wasn’t for me. I will absolutely buy her next book though.

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God, I loved this. Annabel Monaghan really is my Emily Henry, i’ve adored all of her books and she really is an exceptional romance writer. Her books are so full of heart and I think Summer Romance may be my new favourite of hers.

The book follows Ali, who has recently lost her mother and her marriage has ended leaving her as a grieving single mother with three children. She’s all but given up on life until a chance encounter at the park brings Ethan into her life.

I adored Ali, and the depiction of both grief and motherhood in this book was so brilliant. This is so much more than a romance, it’s about living when your life is falling apart and the complexities of parent-child relationships.

As always it was beautifully written and made me long for an American summer.

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This was my first Annabel Monaghan book but definitely not the last.
This is so much more than just a silly romance book. It was emotional and realistic and the writing was beautiful.
Ali is such a sweet, mature woman, a role model for Greer and Iris. I loved Ali and Ethan their relationship and how it all came together.
It’s a quick, fast paced, easy read and I highly recommend it to everyone.

☀️ best friends brother
☀️ single mom
☀️ closed door
☀️ self discovery

Thank you Netgalley and Aria & Aries for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

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I’m a sucker for a summer romance and this is an excellent holiday read.
Ali Morris’ life is a bit of a mess. Her mum died 2 years ago and her husband left her a year later. She’s a single parent to 3 children, living in the town where she grew up. When out with her dog, she meets a handsome man, when her dog pees on his shoe - not the most auspicious start! Handsome man Ethan is just in town for the summer, but could he be just what Ali needs to boost her confidence? No surprises about the answer!
I really like Annabelle Monaghan’s writing and although this book is primarily a romance, it touches on some deeper themes of grief and loss. Ali’s ex-husband is clearly awful and the divorce negotiations make you really root for Ali. A very enjoyable read.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC

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I loved this! It was so easy read and the humour, wittiness and love that was expressed in so many different ways throughout was just beautiful.
Annabel Monaghan's writing is so relatable and has so many real-life situations are explored in the most poetic ways.
Ali is a divorced, single mom who falls for her best friend's brother Ethan (or Scooter as he was known as)
They were childhood acquaintances turned lovers as adults.

Also, Ethan is 100% the perfect book boyfriend. I fell for him hard because of the way he played a pivotal role as a team mate and cheerleader while Ali found her way back to herself.

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Ali is a single mum of three going through divorce. She is also weighed down by grief, through losing her Mom. We follow her as she tries to figure life out on her own again and get in touch with her self. She wants to get back into dating and meets Ethan in the dog park, but he turns out to be her friends brother!

We follow their summer romance, with the struggles of her balancing her kids and his life in Devon. I love that Ali has found someone who appreciates her and the acts of service are lovely. It’s refreshing to see her find live doesn’t end after divorce, it gets better!

This is a sweet summer romance, mixed with heavy emotional topics. Read the trigger warnings before reading.

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"Summer Romance" by Annabel Monaghan is a delightful and heartwarming story about Ali Morris, a professional organizer whose life is a bit all over the place.
Struggling with grief and a recent divorce, Ali’s world brightens when she meets Ethan in a charming, dog-assisted meet-cute.
Monaghan beautifully captures Ali’s journey of self-discovery and healing while balancing motherhood challenges and romance. The characters are relatable and endearing, especially Ali and her supportive circle, including her dog and neighbor Phyllis.
While the romance between Ali and Ethan is sweet and supportive, it lacks a bit of chemistry. However, the setting and character dynamics make it a perfect summer read.

Overall, "Summer Romance" is an engaging novel that offers the perfect mix of heart and humour.

Very grateful to the publisher for my copy, opinions are my own.

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It was the second anniversary of her mother's death and Ali's husband was finally filing for divorce after a year of separation. She decided on a change, took off her ring and dressed up (well, in overalls but at least different from the sweatpants she lived in 😂). She went out for a walk in the dog park with her pet Ferris, and he decided to pee on a random guy, Ethan. And so it began, a romance just for the summer.

Ali had her own way of coping with the loss of her mother. In this new season, she discovered things about her marriage and life that didn't sit right with her. It was wonderful to see her make a change however uncomfortable it would be. I loved her interactions with her kids especially towards the end as things changed.

I fell in love with Ethan from the moment he entered the scene. There was a lightness to him even though he carried baggage from his teen years in Beechwood. I loved the way he understood Ali as a mother and still made her feel important and adored.

Thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. One of my favourites of the year for sure!

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Annabel Monaghan gives me headaches, really.
"Summer Romance" was a book that had its moments and in those moments it kept me hooked to the pages. But it also had moments when I wanted to bang my head on the wall, because there was nothing that kept me glued to the pages. I truly wanted it to end, because you immediately knew what this end is going to be and that the way to this end will not be easy.
I didn't feel the spark between the two main characters, apologies.
This author seems to be for me like Lauren Weisberger with "The Devil Wears Prada" - the debut novel was amazing, but the next releases are lukewarm. Nevertheless, waiting for the next novel.

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the cutest summer read!! i loved both the main characters especially the fmc and so many lovely quotes!! “ill always have a dog” 🥺🥺🥺

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Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this wonderful book!
Summer Romance was a delightful read from start to finish and made me fall in love with Annabel Monaghan’s writing.
Summer Romance tells the story of newly divorced Ali trying to battle her way through motherhood whilst also dealing with the grief of losing her own mother and encapsulates all of these deep and confusing feelings so well.
Her sweet meet cute with Ethan is the exact thing you would wish for someone going through a hard time and watching their love story develop had me racing through the pages of this book.
This is a perfect summer romance and I could not put it down!! Be sure to grab your copy when it hits shelves this week!! 4 ⭐️

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I couldn’t put this down, it’s the perfect summer read.
I loved that Ali was older than the typical romance main characters, single mum, life’s a bit of a mess - it’s just all so relatable.

★★★★½ ROUNDED UP ⬆️⭐️
Thank you NetGalley and Aria & Aries for the opportunity to review this book.

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An engaging read with a fresh summer feel.

Nevertheless, it's a serious book too (but not so much to weigh you down).

It begins when main character Ali Morris is grieving - her mother died two years ago, and her husband left her on the one-year anniversary. She organizes people's home as a business, but her own is falling apart. She gets the kids ready for school but barely thinks about what she wears. So she's not in a good place and not thinking about romance until... she meets someone in an almost-cliched but definitely still cute meet-cute. That someone is Ethan, who has good reason to hang around for the summer, but who really needs to head off afterwards...

I think this book worked for me particularly as I'm a similar age to the main character and could easily empathise with what she was going through. The romance was sweet and I believed in Ali's inner turmoil and the internal insights she discovered just by allowing herself to love again. I wasn't sure if I missed a final reveal about the ex's secrets but maybe I was just reading too quickly by that point!

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Plot summary:
This book follows Ali, 2 years on from the loss of her mother. SInce losing her mother, Ali's husband left her and Ali has found herself in a 'rut' trying to navigate her new life with her children. She's barely functioning and really struggling to look after herself and her three children.

The day she finally takes off her wedding ring and puts on 'normal trousers', coincidentally is also the day she meets Ethan. Or rather, Ali's dog decides to 'claim' Ethan by peeing on him. Despite this, Ethan and Ali hit it off, and they indulge in 'just a summer romance'. But what starts as a summer romance, gets messier as feelings start to develop...

My thoughts:
I absolutely loved this book!!! The dynamic between Ethan and Ali was amazing, I loved that it wasn't just about a romantic relationship, it was so much more than this. It was about finding yourself again after feeling so low and forgetting who you are. it was about how the best romantic relationships are really born off a strong friendship. It was about how relationships only work with compromise. It covered how scary and reckless falling in love can be, but equally how beautiful it is.

I loved that even when things were tough, both characters were so mature about things, it was such a breath of fresh air. There was no miscommunication between them! The 3rd act breakup felt like a very realistic scenario, and I loved how it was all resolved in the end. I loved the side characters and would looove to see another book in this universe.

4/5 stars

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Summer Romance is a warm, romantic, and heartfelt read which perfectly captures the possibilities of a relaxed summer.

I love Annabel Monaghan’s writing style, which flows beautiful and dances between sweet romance and also tugs at the heartstrings. Ethan was the perfect golden retriever boyfriend, and I loved his steady self assurance throughout.

The book handled heavier topics such as grief and loss, separation and loss of identity with sensitivity and a light hand. I loved Ali’s introspection and her sense of personal responsibility. The messages woven throughout about the way our loved ones live on through us, and the way our relationships can act as a mirror were beautifully crafted and reflective.

I enjoyed this just as much as Nora Goes off Script and would highly recommend it as the perfect summer read with swoon-worthy romance, relatable characters and the perfect small beach town setting.

Thank you Aria & Aries and NetGalley for this book. Opinions expressed are my own.

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yes, yes and more yes.

immediately obsessed, Annabel Monaghan is going to take the book community over soon. Brilliantly done.

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