When August Ends

· Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
56 reviews

About this ebook

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 finishing up 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 a little 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.







56 reviews
Monique Cashmere
February 24, 2019
3.5 Stars. This is a new standalone novel from a great author, Penelope Ward. We have a young woman who is looking after her ailing mother through depression and maintaining their family home. They have a lake house with a smaller boathouse that has a water backyard. I so wanted to go and visit this place as it sounds amazing. While Arden is looking after both residences, she happens to stammer her way through meeting the new renter of the boathouse, Noah, who is a few years older than she is. Age isn't a problem for me, it is all relative with personalities and experiences. Noah has had plenty and he is a little bit gruff on their first and second encounters but he then warms up and I totally adored him. Arden is young in some areas but she know what she wants and set about trying to seduce Noah. He is adamant that they should just be friends and hang out for the summer. Best laid plans always can change. Some things didn't gel for me, and I can't really say why without giving away a little twist in the storyline. And a few other elements didn't seem to flow on very well either and making it feel somewhat unauthentic. On the whole though, it is a good book and you will love this hero and how he protects Arden in all ways.
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Wendy LeGrand
February 26, 2019
I am super happy that Penelope wrote a story that involves an age gap between the Hero and heroine. I loved the slow burn between Noah and Heather. Penelope always takes us on a journey in her stories and this one focuses a lot on not letting life pass you by. Heather was very refreshing, young in age but mature in soul. She's put her own dreams on hold to take care of her mother. When she sees the man who has rented their boathouse for the summer, she feels something for him she's never felt towards anyone before. But Noah quickly makes it clear, nothing is going to happen between them, no matter how many advances Heather makes. I really enjoyed the journey Heather and Noah take together. Spending the summer together, fixing up the property so that Heather can put it on the market to sell. These two grew together as friends, learning many lessons from each other along the way. Initially, I was a little put off with how rude Noah came across to Heather with his abruptness and gruffness, but he grew on me over time and by the end of the story I was pretty enamored with him. There are plenty of emotions in this book, and like the slow burn between Heather and Noah, the emotions built to a crescendo for me up until the very end. With everything that Heather and Noah are dealing with, separately and together, my heart was stretched tight for them, and then Penelope lovingly molded it back into shape and left me with a happy, goofy smile on my face. Fans of Penelope's stories are going to fall hard for Noah and want to be besties with Heather.
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Charlene Delfin
February 24, 2019
If there was one thing you'd learn from this novel is that - good things come to those who wait and that friendship is the best foundation for successful relationships. Heather is an amazing girl. She had sacrifice so much for her family. She manages the boat rental that they have. So when an older man rented it for a month, she took a fancy on him. He was something else, a bit mysterious and way too hot. But he turned her down when she decided to be honest (thank goodness) and instead offered his help to fix everything that needs to be fixed. I like her personality. She's bubbly and VERY, VERY HONEST. To a fault. And despite the fact that life throws sh** at her, she thrives, and soon, she'll win. Noah is simply great. I was glad he didn't take advantage of Heather. Instead, he helped her with whatever he can and enjoyed their friendship and their daily small takes. He'd build her confidence and save her every now and then. Although, he couldn't help but be attracted to her. What was stopping him, wasn't just the age, but a secret as well. And no way did I even think of THAT kind of secret he was keeping from her. OMG. You'd fall in love with Heather and Noah, and though there's the issue of "age-gap", it won't make readers cringe. Penelope did an amazing job getting the both of them together. She didn't push it, she allowed friendship and romance to simmer before she decided to FINALLY get the both of them together. One great slow-burn romance with sprinkle of drama, mystery and steam - Penelope Ward makes WHEN AUGUST ENDS a perfect read!
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About the author

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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