Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan

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As Sam returns to her family’s beach house, she can’t ignore the lingering presence of Wyatt, the man who broke her heart years ago. Memories resurface, igniting a connection that still holds strong. Caught between her perfect fiancé and her past, Sam must confront her true desires and make a life-altering decision. The familiar setting and Wyatt’s reappearance force Sam to question her current path and embrace the person she used to be. In this evocative tale of love and choices, Sam is faced with a pivotal choice that could alter her future forever.

Book review of Same Time Next Summer

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan is a captivating summer read that immerses readers in its vivid setting. The author’s descriptive writing style transports you to the beach, creating a truly immersive experience. The book shares similarities with other beloved summer romance novels, such as The Summer I Turned Pretty and Every Summer After, incorporating elements like second chance romance and a dual timeline.

The heartbreak between Sam and Wyatt is portrayed with authenticity, making it an emotional journey for readers. Both characters are relatable and evoke empathy, leaving you rooting for their happiness throughout the story. The book skillfully handles sensitive topics like emotional cheating, resolving them satisfactorily by the end. The emotional drama is kept in check, allowing the focus to remain on the characters’ growth and the development of their relationship.

Same Time Next Summer offers a clean romance, with a few tastefully written intimate scenes that add depth to the story. Fans of The Summer I Turned Pretty, Every Summer After, and The Summer of Broken Rules will appreciate the similarities in tropes, the beach town atmosphere, and the theme of family reunions. It’s a perfect choice for a summer beach read, providing that nostalgic and comforting feeling.

The roller coaster of emotions experienced through Sam and Wyatt’s journey is captivating. Their childhood friendship evolving into love creates a heartwarming and relatable connection. Witnessing their growth and the impact of their breakup on their lives adds depth to the story, particularly in Sam’s character development. Wyatt, as the ideal book boyfriend, is utterly swoon-worthy and devoted to Sam.

While the book delivers an enjoyable reading experience, a couple of thoughts linger. The ending feels abrupt, leaving a desire for more closure and perhaps an epilogue to tie up loose ends. The YA-like before scenes and the inclusion of a cheating adjacent storyline might not resonate with all readers. The book leans more toward contemporary fiction/women’s fiction rather than a straightforward romance. The rushed ending leaves little time for resolution, focusing more on Sam’s longing for her old flame while engaged to another and only briefly exploring their reunion.

Despite these minor shortcomings, Same Time Next Summer is a delightful and comforting read that captures the essence of nostalgic romance. Fans of Nora Goes Off Script will find pleasure in Monaghan’s latest work. However, some readers might feel that the book falls short of the author’s previous unique qualities, longing for that distinct touch that made her debut novel so enjoyable. Ultimately, personal preferences will dictate the level of satisfaction with this book.

Final verdict

Overall, Same Time Next Summer is an engaging read that offers a mix of romance, nostalgia, and character growth. It may not be a perfect fit for all readers, but for those seeking a summer escape with familiar tropes and a picturesque setting, it is worth considering.

Our Score


  • Captivating Setting: The author’s descriptive writing style beautifully brings the beach and ocean to life, immersing readers in the story’s setting.
  • Emotional Depth: The heartbreak between Sam and Wyatt is portrayed realistically, evoking genuine emotions and making their journey relatable.
  • Nostalgic Romance: The childhood friends-to-lovers trope adds a touch of nostalgia and sweetness to the story, appealing to fans of this romance subgenre.


  • Misleading Title: The title “Same Time Next Summer” doesn’t accurately reflect the story’s content, potentially leading readers to have false expectations.
  • Rushed Ending: The book’s conclusion feels abrupt, leaving some readers wanting more closure and a more thorough resolution of the characters’ arcs.
  • Cheating Adjacent Storyline: The inclusion of an emotional cheating storyline may be off-putting for readers who prefer cleaner romance narratives or find such themes uncomfortable.
Same Time Next SummerPublisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam’s Sons (June 6, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 059354496X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593544969
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.16 x 0.72 x 8 inches

About Article Author

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker is an inveterate romantic. An author of romance books and stories for the past 10 years, she combines her writing life with her love of literary criticism, waiting for her prince charming to appear at any moment.
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