When August Ends by Penelope Ward

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your family’s summer rental?

Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourself—over and over. Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least.

But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a newfound energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lake—not until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summer…and I was still trying to figure out why.

When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been in college. Instead, I was living my best life…as a maid.

Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden. 

I knew he was just passing through town for the summer.

I knew he was probably too old for me.

Yet, I was drawn to him.

Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning.

I wanted him and made no secret of it.

His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from. 

Because he’s leaving at the end of the summer.

And I have no idea what I’ll do when August ends.

 

K3’s $0.02

Life is so unpredictable. One minute things are great and the next minute. You find yourself having to drop out of college to take care of your sick mother. This forced our heroine to grow up quick. Take on responsibilities she wasn’t ready for. She does her best to stay afloat. With a father how is barely in her life and a mother who is sick on top of that she is taking care of the bills by waitressing, their home and their rental property.

Noah is trying to escape the chaos of his life. He also happens to be the tenant in the rental property.  What he wasn’t expecting was a beautiful, honest and very young women to turn his world upside down.

Their lives are connected in a way no one would imagine. Their journey is a beautiful and tragic one.

I am not going to give things away but they build an amazing foundation of friendship. Noah holds back when it comes to Heather. She is a breath of fresh air but is so young and has yet to life her life and experience all that 20 years olds need to experience.

I admired Heather. Her strength and her determination. She may be young but she has such an old soul.

I admired Noah, even though he comes off stand-off-ish. He has a heart of gold and he wants what’s best for Heather’s mother, for him but mostly for Heather.

This story pulled me out of my reading funk. In a way it was a second chance romance. A lesson in life and a breath of fresh air.

Penelope really brought these characters to life and kept me on my toes and I really didn’t want August to end.