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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 5: Til Summer Comes Around

Score: 4.33 (votes: 3)

When Quinn Rutledge and Summer Rosales met on a warm summer night on the shores of beautiful Lake Amethyst, they were both young, all was right in the world, and the only thing on their agenda was romance--one that neither of them wanted to end with the summer and closing of resort town Amethyst's tourist season. Promises and plans were made. Promises were broken...

Summer was just about to begin law school with her closest friend--her pole opposite who'd dragged her to Amethyst in the first place. Apple Wooten came from a rich family she didn't appreciate and was sliding her way through life, trying to get the most fun she could out of it--including stealing just to see what she could get away with. Summer found herself in the unfortunate position of taking the blame for one of Apple's thefts, and not only spent time in jail but also was the victim of an inmate's wrath that led to the disfigurement of one side of her face before she was acquitted of all charges and allowed to pursue her law degree.

Quinn had a lucrative dream career stretching out before him as an author who'd already won numerous accolades despite his youth. Though he'd returned to his livelihood after the summer with the woman he'd fallen so hard for, his heart prevented him from keeping away until they could see each other again the following summer as they planned. When Summer didn't show up, he'd tried to find her and couldn't. Though he should have returned to his writing, he's instead found himself settling in Amethyst, waiting hopefully, and probably foolishly, through endless winters until Summer comes around...

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  • ROBYN for Once Upon a Romance
    Aug 22, 2017, 11:58
    Fast read

    Sexual Content: Subtle/Sensual
    Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
    Violent Content: None

    I have always enjoyed the Amethyst books. One reason is that while they are inter-connected, they truly stand alone. You won’t be lost if you’re a new reader and returning readers will find familiar faces. Quinn and Summer had a summer romance that he truly thought would be forever. But as soon as summer ended, she was gone and even when he went looking for her, he couldn’t find her. He’s waiting in Amethyst, somewhat paralyzed and unable to leave, because his fear of missing Summer when she returns is so great.

    Summer has reasons – although in the beginning, I found them to be a bit shallow – for staying away. It seemed to me like she was hoping their relationship would fail. She was hoping Quinn wasn’t waiting and then he would be to blame. I didn’t really like her at that much in the beginning. But once I saw through the outward façade to the troubled young woman with a boatful of emotional baggage, I realized the depth of the pain she’s keeping inside. It made Summer more relatable to me and I began to see why she did what she did—even if I didn’t like it and didn’t truly understand it.

    Quinn has to face demons of his own. He’s a writer without written words. He’s hiding in plain sight. He is outgoing and involved in the community while hiding so much from himself that he can neither see how to continue on with how his life is going—nor can he see how to stop. He is an interesting paradox of a man and there’s more to him than meets the eye.

    The book was a fast read and very relaxing. Although there were some sections that seemed to drag a little, I enjoyed the entire story very much. I haven’t been able to ‘visit’ Amethyst in a while, so this was a very fun book for me to catch up on the small town and its inhabitants.
  • Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
    Aug 22, 2017, 11:57
    Terrific story

    Four years ago Quinn Rutledge and Summer Rosales met and fell in love in Amethyst, Wisconsin, while Summer was on vacation with her best friend, Apple Wooten. When Summer left, she promised to return during the next tourist season. Even though Summer has not returned for four years, Quinn still waits for his true love to return. He never doubts that she must have a good reason to be away for so long and never call or write to him. Quinn is a writer, but without Summer he is in a slump. His entire life is on hold. Then his mother calls to inform Quinn that his publicist, Jayden, has stole his work. Jayden published a collection of Quinn’s short stories under another author’s name. As Quinn is at the airport preparing to leave Amethyst for awhile, Summer returns. Jayden could wait.

    Apple stole some jewelry and put them in Summer’s purse. When caught, Apple remained mute and let Summer go to prison. Apple finally admitted everything and her rich family (most, if not all, are lawyers) ensured that their daughter never went to prison. They helped Summer finish law school and gave her a job at their firm, but only in hopes that Summer would marry their son and become a major player in the firm. However, none of that makes up for the trauma Summer endured at the hands of inmates that despised lawyers. After putting off her return to Amethyst for so long, Summer decides to go and see if Quinn was still waiting for her and if he could still want her after he learns everything about her time in prison.

    FOUR STARS! I do not agree with the reasons Summer told herself that Quinn was better off to forget her. She was going to let Quinn wonder forever why she never returned to him. If she knew Quinn well enough for them to plan a reunion and possible marriage, then she should have known he would never blame her for anything that happened to her because of Apple. Personally, I do not believe that I have ever seen a couple more perfect for each other than Quinn and Summer.

    This may be the fifth book in the series, but it is still a “stand alone” story. I have no doubt that once you finish this tale, you will want to look up the previous titles too. Karen Wiesner has created a magical town and filled it with such an interesting cast of characters that I wished (more than once) that the place was real so that I could go visit.
  • Hotcha (Amazon customer)
    Aug 22, 2017, 06:03
    Till Summer Comes Around Book 5 of the Adventures in Amethyst Series

    I freely chose to review this book as I can't get enough of the series! TIL SUMMER COMES AROUND, Book 5 of the Adventures in Amethyst Series, tells Quinn and Summer's story. I liked that Quinn would wait until Summer kept her promise to return to him even though it took four years, a devastating loss, the betrayal of her friend Apple, and the shocking dismissal of her marriage to Apple's brother. Once Summer is cleared of the crime, her boss tells her to take time off to clear her head so she can take the New York bar exam to become a lawyer and fulfill her dream. Summer heads back to Amethyst, Wisconsin to keep her promise to Quinn but, not knowing what to expect, she's shocked he waited so long for her. She realizes she’s always loved him and, even though she has a dark secret about why she never called or returned to him, she feels she wasn't good enough to deserve Quinn's love.
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