Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

This was a book that I completely forgot about. I honesty couldn’t remember how it ended up on my review calendar but some how it did.

But as I went combing back through my emails to find out how this book ended up on my calendar, it started coming back to me. My March self said yes to this one and now here I was, my July self, and I wasn’t even sure I was in the mood to read this book.

Not to mention that I’ve been reading a TON of women’s fiction lately, I almost felt like I needed a break from women’s fiction but as I said, I agreed to review this book and I started seeing a few other bloggers reading this one and I started to remember why my March self said yes to this one!


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 (summary from Goodreads). 


Kerry Lonsdale is a new to me author, but I know that she has a pretty big fan base and a lot of people rave about her books. I immediately started to recall what it was that drew me to this book in the first place once I gave the summary a once over. I liked the idea of the main character, Ella’s, memory loss and trying to solve the secrets of her past. I also liked the adventure element and the rugged locations that the book promised.

This book started off strong and I was roped in almost instantly. That;s the thing I love about many women’s fiction novels, they get to the meat of the story right away and this book was definitely one of those. There were also a lot of other genre elements woven into this one–suspense, thriller, steamy romance. I loved that this book was a hodgepodge of some of my favorite elements.

I read this book over the long 4th of July weekend and found myself quickly turning the pages and guessing about the ending all the way through. I enjoyed the plot twists and I especially loved the romantic bits. I finished it in a couple of days and felt entirely engrossed in the story and characters. I think I have found a new author to enjoy!

The only thing that I felt was a little disappointing was the ending. I think the last couple of chapters could have been eliminated entirely. I didn’t think they added anything extra to the story so I would have edited them out in my opinion. Other than that, a lovely read!

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
Free review copy provided by publisher, Lake Union Publishing in partnership with Little Bird Publicity, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced. .
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: women’s fiction, romance


One thought on “Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

  1. I’ve had similar situations, Anne where I’ve requested an ARC because the blurb sounds interesting only to completely forget all about it when the time draws near to actual read and write a review! I’m glad you enjoyed this one though.

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