It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey || Mini Book Review

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart. 


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Title: It Happened One Summer

Series: The Bellinger Sisters, Book One

Author: Tessa Bailey

Published on August 19, 2021 by Avon

Format: Paperback, 416 pages

Genre / Themes: Contemporary | Humour | Realistic Fiction | Romance

Rating: 3.75 cups of tea

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I really enjoyed Bailey’s novel. The story was just right with pacing and the characters are all so interesting! There’s a good balance of character growth too.

The setting is so beautiful and calming; I’m a sucker for a small town coastal vibe. It just made me want to travel to Canada’s east coast.

The connection between Piper and her sister, Hannah, was probably my favourite part. I loved their love and caring natures for one another, and the balance of their different personalities.

Also, the steam in this book is unreal 🥵 Brendan and Piper turn the heat on HIGH, so be mindful of that going into this.


– Self-discovery
– Very steamy romance novels
– The vibrant and grumpy trope
– Small town coastal vibes
– Family connections
– Big city to small town trope

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