Book Spotlight: Meet Me at the Lake

Last year, I loved Carley Fortune‘s debut novel, Every Summer After. Now she’s back with another atmospheric romance, Meet Me at the Lake. Ten years ago, Fern and Will spent 24 incredible hours together, and they vowed to meet up again at the same place exactly one year later. Only Fern showed up. Now 32, Fern is living the life she swore she never would… and Will has finally turned up. Can these two overcome the past and get another chance at love?

I love second chance romances: The couple has established chemistry, but something went wrong that they now need to overcome. Painful secrets, mistrust to be won back, even a bit of an enemies-to-lovers elements due to that betrayal? It all adds up to an impactful and hard-earned love story. Carley Fortune’s previous book captured it all flawlessly, set against a summer getaway by the lake. Now, in Meet Me at the Lake, I’m sure she’ll deliver again with all the lake town vibes and big-hearted emotions that she’s so good at.

Find out more about Meet Me at the Lake below, and let me know if you’re planning to pick up this new romance. If you’ve already read it, let me know how you liked it in the comments! I’m hoping to read it soon, so stay tuned for my review.

Official Summary

A random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects, in this breathtaking new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After.

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in the city. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.

At thirty-two, Fern’s life doesn’t look at all how she once imagined it would. Instead of living in the city, Fern’s back home, running her mother’s lakeside resort—something she vowed never to do. The place is in disarray, her ex-boyfriend’s the manager, and Fern doesn’t know where to begin.

She needs a plan—a lifeline. To her surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives nine years too late, with a suitcase in tow and an offer to help on his lips. Will may be the only person who understands what Fern’s going through. But how could she possibly trust this expensive-suit wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago. Will is hiding something, and Fern’s not sure she wants to know what it is. 

But ten years ago, Will Baxter rescued Fern. Can she do the same for him?

Get the Book

You can buy Meet Me at the Lake here – it’s available as a hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.

Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
GenreContemporary Romance
Number of Pages336
Original Publication DateMay 2, 2023

About the Author

Carley Fortune

Credit: Jenna Marie Wakani

CARLEY FORTUNE is the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling au­thor of Every Summer After and Meet Me at the Lake. She’s also an award-winning Canadian journalist who has worked as an editor for Refinery29, The Globe and MailChatelaine, and Toronto Life. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

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