Review| Three Summers – S.J. Sylvis

Three Summers is S.J. Silvis’ debut book. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon her on Instagram, but I did. Not too long ago she was asking for bloggers to sign up for her book, Three Summers. The sypnosis sounded amazing, so it didn’t take long for me to decide to sign up. Her book didn’t disappoint! I can’t wait to read more by this author.


Three Summers was released on April 28th.  “Hi. My name is Sadie and I was the victim of an attempted robbery at gunpoint three weeks ago.” Those were the first words I spoke to my therapist last year and now I can say after my freshman year of college, I’ve finally broken free of my therapy sessions.

The wound on my face has healed and the scar is fading a little more every day. Now if I can just get the scars on my heart to heal that quickly, I’ll be golden.

But that’s looking pretty tricky since the boy who put those scars there is standing just feet away from me under the blistering North Carolina sun. Apparently, we’ll be spending the entire summer lifeguarding together at the country club pool.

A year ago, I was carefree—I was in love and I didn’t have a worry in the world, except for Rowen.

But now, I’m a little older and a lot smarter. I know how to guard my heart. I know how to keep Rowen out.

Except. . .he never really left. And I am quickly learning that my mind and heart are at a crossroads. Maybe I don’t know how to guard my heart after all.

And maybe I don’t quite know everything I thought I did. . .


Cover The colors of this book are amazing (I may be biased, because they’re some of my favorites, haha). The title fits the cover. As you all know, I’m not a fan of people on covers. Three Summers solves this problem by not showing us the faces. I can still imagine the characters on my own.

Plot This was such a good book. I couldn’t put it down. While a lot of romance books aren’t very unique, I have to say that this one was. We start off with Sadie working when someone comes in and wants to rob the place. Sadie was badly injured and her boyfriend Rowen kind of just disappeared. This hurt her even more. Then we flash forward to the summer after everything happened. Sadie is slowly starting to heal and running in to Rowen at her summer job isn’t easy. Feelings start to rise to the surface and while she is angry, she still cares. We read about three summers and each summer the question rises if Sadie can forgive Rowen and if they can ever be together again? The author really got me to feel emotions for these characters. While I normally have a hard time with romances when I don’t get both POVs that didn’t bother me one bit during this book. It really was Sadie’s story, so I think it was a good thing it was told this way. I love Sadie’s family and friends and it’s amazing to see how much confidence she gets back after finally letting her friends back in. Rowen annoyed me so much in the beginning. How dare he leave his girlfriend like that? Slowly he started melting my walls and became the bookboyfriend that I can appreciate. I would love to see more books about some of her friends we read about in this book. This is definitely an author I will be keeping an eye on.

Characters Sadie went through a lot and was insecure after her tragic event. This changed during the book. Sadie became a young woman who realized she was a lot stronger than she thought. A relationship wasn’t something she needs, but if it works for her than it’s okay. Forgiving Rowen wasn’t easy. In her time of need, he just disappeared. The scar on her face made her very insecure, but she slowly realizes it doesn’t change who she is. It was nice to see after that, that she let her friends in. This changed her life in a very positive way. Sadie really learned that something bad doesn’t have to hold her back.

Rowen wasn’t a character I liked in the beginning. He seemed like a jerk, because he kind of left Sadie hanging when she needed him the most. While I get it’s not easy, it wasn’t nice to just disappear. As the book went on, I started warming up to him. Once I realized there was more to him just disappearing, I wanted to hug him, haha. Rowen is the type of guy that will fight for what he wants, but won’t push. Even though he wanted Sadie back, he let her come to him in her own time. Rowen is a romantic guy and now belongs to the list of bookboyfriends.

Not only is this book really good, the author is really sweet. This book deserves a lot of readers. I recently saw on Instagram that she’s already busy with her next book. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we can read more.

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