The Summer of Us
By Melanie Moreland
I never read the initial version of this story that appeared in an anthology, so this was my first introduction to Linc and Sunny. Once I started this book, I couldn’t read it fast enough! It was wonderful to read about the progression of their relationship from kindergarten friends to teenaged sweethearts. Vicious evil tears them apart with cruel zeal and unmatched enthusiasm for the pain caused.
A decade later, they come across one another again and Linc is determined that he is going to show Sunny that “… the boy who loved her then, was the man who loved her now.” This is a love story for the ages; it brings out every emotion you can imagine; passion, joy, anger, heartbreak, humor, lust, love, fear, sadness, melancholy, regret .. it’s amazing. When I started reading it, I just could not put it down because the story was intriguing.
In true Melanie Moreland fashion, this book has a wonderful epilogue. Actually, the epilogue is more than wonderful – It is epic. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.