Review: That One Summer by Maddie James from Last Chance Beach: Summer's End

I'm reading the stories in Last Chance Beach: Summer's End, and I'm reviewing them, one story at a time. 

So far, I've reviewed:

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing That One Summer by Maddie James.

It's the typical annual week on the beach with the girls—until her summer fling from 20 years back shows up. He's the one who got away. She's the one who couldn't commit.

There's nothing quite like a group of friends who have history. You know, the friends who have stuck with you through thick and thin? That's this group of girls, well, women, who have spent part of every summer together since college, at Last Chance Beach. That was 20 years ago, and there's a lot of life that has passed since then.

Lia Langston has had one major regret for all of those 20 years. She didn't end up with the love of her life. Instead, she "meandered" through her life and now finds herself facing the biggest regret of her life—Zach Allen.

They're back in the place where everything started and where everything fell apart. Can they go back to that beginning? Can they make a new beginning, or is it too late? Have they missed their shot at happiness?

Like the other stories I've read in Last Chance Beach: Summer's EndThat One Summer is a sweet romance with well-formed characters who leave you wanting more. 

You'll be pleased to know that open-ended tidbits about some of Lia's friends at the beach hint at future stories so I think we'll be seeing some of these characters again.

Did you get your free copy of Cocktails on Last Chance Beach

This companion book has a  drink recipe from each author with some remarks about why she chose her recipe to share.

You'll also get to read an excerpt from each story in the boxset.

Takeaway Truth

As a author, I enjoy writing for boxsets because it gives me an opportunity to connect with new readers. As a reader, I love boxsets because I get to try new authors and discover some great stories. 


  1. Thank you, Joan, for this lovely review of That One Summer. It's been fun being in this box set with you!

  2. This one is up next, I think. I'm making my way through the whole set and loving it!

  3. I loved this one, too! I'm almost to the end and am sorry to see it happening!