Review: When August Ends by Penelope Ward

by Penelope Ward

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.

Noah Cavallari is a photographer who rented the boathouse in Heather Chadwick’s property. He claims he’s spending the whole summer there as a retreat, to get away from his hectic schedule and focus on rumination. But Heather knows there’s something else he was hiding. She’s quite younger than him (make it 14 years younger) but she’s got the heart of an old soul. Heather loves 90s music, dances like nobody’s watching and takes care of her ailing mother after the catastrophe that happened to her sister.

And their lives change during that summer. Now both don’t know what to do when August ends.

I don’t know how to explain this, but Penelope Ward had me in tears while reading this book. The story of Noah and Heather is something that gutted me deeply, mainly because their respective stories resonated with me. Noah’s unexpected health condition had me crying as I remembered a dear friend whom I almost lost after battling with the same mental illness. It was too close and too painful for me. Heather’s looking after her sick mother also tugged heartstrings, seeing her as a beautiful, wonderful and caring daughter despite the deeply buried desires in her heart.

Seeing them together being awkward and acting on their adventurous alter egos while slowly building their romance was everything I loved in this book.It’s another exciting, @sstickling, heartfelt romance from Penelope Ward and I am so lucky to have met such powerful characters like Noah and Heather.

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