This was such a fun and sweet read! There is no real angst, and thankfully it doesn't follow the standard contemporary romance trope where communication (or misunderstanding) is an issue between the MCs. Heather and Noah have no trouble talking to each other - it's just Noah admitting his feelings for Heather and then giving in to them that is the issue.
I loved their connection - that they 'got' each other on so many levels despite their age gap, and could talk for hours about so many different and worldly topics. Even the true reason Noah was there wasn't cause for alarm or major issue between them.
Heather was such a fun FMC - she was sassy, brutally honest and upfront at times, but also caring, considerate and kind. She sacrificed so much to look after her mentally ill mother, and put everyone before herself. She also wasn't too proud or stubborn to accept help when she knew she needed it, which was so refreshing! In short, she was very emotionally mature for her age. I loved that she went for what she wanted, but also had enough self respect to know when to back down and regroup, or walk away in a few cases too.
Noah may have taken his time giving in to his feelings and desires, but the alternating POV really helped us understand his reservations and concerns. He was a kind and caring guy who had good morals that he held on to. What he did for Heather and her mother changed their lives in so many ways - he was amazing!
Definitely a book I'd recommend, but then this author is always a one-click buy for me so I'm not surprised in the least that I enjoyed it so much.
I always enjoy Penelope Ward novels but I found Noah and Heather’s journey to happily-ever-after particularly special. I couldn’t help but cheer for this couple once their story evolved. ‘When August Ends’ had some special quotes and even though Noah came across as gruff at times... he had wise words... “Happiness shouldn’t be about a particular place anyway. It should be something you take with you everywhere you go—transferable.”
While there is a bit of an age gap between Noah and Heather, their chemistry is evident. Heather was mature well beyond her years, and Noah was unapproachable and gruff at first, but as the story unfolds, it’s clear he is pretty special underneath his hard exterior.
In true Penelope Ward fashion this is a slow burn and Noah and Heather initially forge a friendship as they repress their feelings for each other. If you are after something full of warmth, heart, real-life scenarios, and great banter rolled ‘When August Ends’ is perfect. 5 stars.
Woah - these 2 have some serious chemistry together. A bit of a slow burn relationship as Heather falls fast for Noah, the older really hot guy renting the boathouse on the family property for a few months.
Ha! I loved their first meeting, and their second meeting was pretty hilarious as well. I was waiting for the big reveal as to why it appeared Noah was basically escaping his life for 3 months, and it was a surprise the direction the plot went, I wasn't expecting that at all. There was a big hint in the story as to what was going to occur towards the end, so I felt that part of the story was a little more predictable. Overall an enjoyable read - great characters that had sizzling chemistry.
This was a sexy, slow burn read. Noah and Heather meet when he rents her family’s converted boathouse for the entire summer. Two people in very different places in their lives, they share a deep attraction, but neither needs the complication of acting upon this attraction. From their very first interactions, Heather makes him feel alive and even though Noah tries everything to scare her away, she isn’t deterred. They both need some happiness in their lives, they’re drawn to each other, and they grow attached. Spending time together seems to be exactly what they both need. They’re both acutely aware that life is short and there are no guarantees. The only thing they can be sure of is their feelings for each other. But whatever this is and whatever they have has expiry date - the end of August.
I love a book with an artsy kind of guy i it, and Noah is all that.
Heather is stuck in her home town through no fault of her own, and is happy(ish) with her lot in life.
Until Noah. Man, the sparks do fly - well from Heather's side of things - when she meets the man who is town for the summer.
I mean, I don't blame her for throwing herself at him - I would definitely have done the same!
This is a pretty slow burn of a stor. A lot of the time it is just flirty conversations and no we can't do this. I know the age difference will be an issue for some people, however this didn't bother me, as helloooo, they are both adults!
I liked how they brought each other out of their shell, and brought the best out in each other.
As much as this made me smile, there were some sadder moments too.
This book made me want to rent a boathouse by a lake, and live the quiet life.
Ok this book was just everything. Age gaps are one of my favourite tropes but they’re also sometimes over the top or a little questionable. This one wasn’t at all, it was beautiful and natural and the chemistry was slow burn and so well done. I loved the humour and the omg embarrassing moments throughout the book. It was everything I hoped for and still more. Totally loved it, one of my 6 star reads for 2019 for sure!