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Welcome to our Monthly Literary Feast: A Culinary Journey with Carley Fortune’s “This Summer Will Be Different”

Updated: Jun 10


Introduction: In this delightful blog series, we invite you to savor the fusion of literature and gastronomy. Each month, we’ll explore a captivating novel alongside delectable dishes and refreshing libations. Our June edition features Carley Fortune’s enchanting romance, “This Summer Will Be Different.” Set against the picturesque backdrop of Prince Edward Island (PEI), this novel promises sun-kissed beaches, clandestine affairs, and a dash of mystery.

The Plot: Lucy, a spirited tourist, escapes to PEI every year for a breath of coastal air, fresh oysters, and crisp vinho verde. Her best friend, Bridget, accompanies her on these idyllic retreats. But this summer, everything changes. Lucy encounters Felix, a local with sparkling eyes and an irresistible charm. There’s just one problem: Lucy doesn’t realize that Felix is her best friend’s younger brother.

Their chemistry is electric, but a long list of reasons keeps them apart. They vow never to repeat their passionate night together. Yet, as the golden sun sets over the red cliffs, temptation lingers. Lucy’s heart has always been off-limits, but Felix challenges her resolve.

When Bridget faces a crisis and flees Toronto a week before her wedding, Lucy follows her to PEI. Her mission: support Bridget and resist Felix. But Felix isn’t the same flirty local she remembers. Something has changed, leaving Lucy questioning the safety of her heart.

Pairings: Let’s dive into the multisensory experience! As you immerse yourself in “This Summer Will Be Different,” indulge in these delightful pairings:

  • Lucy’s zest for life mirrors the bright lemon flavor in this creamy dessert. The tangy sweetness echoes her forbidden attraction to Felix.

  • Recipe: Whisk together cream cheese, lemon zest, sugar, and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream and chill. Serve in elegant glasses, garnished with lemon slices.

  • PEI’s coastal bounty comes alive in these succulent lobster sliders. The ocean breeze mingles with the aroma of grilled buns.

  • Recipe: Toss cooked lobster meat with mayo, diced avocado, and chopped cilantro. Pile onto toasted slider buns. Enjoy with a sea view.

  • Inspired by Felix’s mysterious allure, this cocktail combines PEI’s local ingredients. It’s refreshing, with a hint of intrigue.

  • Recipe: Mix white rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, and a splash of lime. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a twist of lime.

Conclusion: As you turn the pages of “This Summer Will Be Different,” let the flavors dance on your palate. Whether you’re lounging by the beach or curled up in a cozy nook, let the magic of literature and cuisine transport you to PEI. Cheers to a summer of love, secrets, and unforgettable tastes! 📖🍹🌅

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