Can’t Wait Wednesday #67: Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

Posted January 11, 2023 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme / 38 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
Publication Date: May 2, 2023.
Publisher: Berkley
Women’s Fiction


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 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 the city. 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 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?

Why I Can’t Wait!

Carly Fortune’s debut book, Every Summer After was one of my favorite books of 2022, so I’m excited to read her next book.

What book or books are you anxiously waiting for? Comment below!

38 responses to “Can’t Wait Wednesday #67: Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

  1. I passed on the first one just because I had so many review books at the time. Glad to hear you loved it. Hope you love this one just as much! Such a pretty cover.

  2. First of all, the cover of that book is absolutely gorgeous. I love how it looks like a painting, so beautiful! The story itself also sound just wonderful. I think I’d love to read it!

  3. I had every intention of reading Every Summer After last year, but it didn’t happen (my libraries were all out of the book from release til like… November? haha!), so I’ll definitely be trying to pick it up this year. And if I love it, then I’ll definitely look into this one. The synopsis has me hooked!