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Review: Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

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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 and #1 Globe and Mail 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 Toronto. 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 Muskoka 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?

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Another wonderful hit from author Carley Fortune!

Meet Me at the Lake follows the story of Fern and Will. Fern meets the alluring, Will, and spends an unforgettable 24hrs with him. With plans to meet up the following year, Fern feels on top of the world…that is until unforeseen circumstances keep these two apart. Now, 10 years have passed and fate has thrown the two of them together once again…

From the moment I picked up this book, I was absolutely consumed by Will and Fern. Told in present and past tense, readers will get a real look at who these characters are. Neither Will nor Fern could have predicted the path that their lives were going to take and the mistakes that would be made along the way. I enjoyed getting to see how Will and Fern met and just how intense their connection was. I wanted to know more about the circumstances that kept them apart and if there was any hope for them to find their way back to each other. The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for Will and Fern, but the journey was so worth it.

Meet Me at the Lake is a well-written and heartwarming second-chance romance. Fern and Will will capture you from their very first encounter and will leave you begging for more. I had the absolute best time getting to know these two characters and couldn’t help but fall head over heels for them. In the end, Meet Me at the Lake left me with a huge smile on my face.

I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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