They say in every guy’s life there’s a girl he’ll never forget and a summer where it all began. Well, for me, 1999 is that summer, and Brooke Sommerfield is that girl. But that was nearly nine years ago. And what they don’t tell ya is that you’ll blink, and both the summer and the girl will be gone.
I have no idea where Brooke ended up. She disappeared that same summer I met her. And kind of like when you move something on a wall after it’s been there for a long time and everything around it is faded, that’s how I feel about Brooke. She wasn’t there very long, but when she left, everything around her memory sort of dimmed. That is until a letter postmarked the year she left mysteriously resurfaces. And call me crazy—everyone else has—but I have to find her. I have to know what became of the green-and-gray-eyed girl who stole my last perfect summer. I have to know if she believes in second chances—because I do—even if they do come with good-byes.
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About the Author
LAURA MILLER is the national best-selling author of contemporary romance novels. Laura grew up on a farm in a little Midwestern town. Now, she lives in Kansas City, Mo., with her weatherman husband. You can follow Laura on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraMiller/ and on Instagram (@AuthorLauraMiller) and Twitter @lauramiller01. For signing dates, trailers and more, please visit LauraMillerBooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Laura Miller is an author I have read often and each time I am enthralled and unable to put the book down. By Way of Accident is my favorite so far (see below for her other books). The fact that it is written from a teenage boy’s point of view to start and then follows that boy as a college student made it incredible. Who can possibly understand a teenage boy’s mind? Laura Miller obviously does. River, the boy in this story, is a typical boy. Then he meets Brooke and his life forever changes. The attraction between them is obvious, but it is also innocent. When they first meet, the nerves are there and the conversation is childish, but true to how 13 year olds communicate. The difference is the fall in love and it is more than just a teenage love. They both make promises, knowing how hard it will be to keep them. Even when things change in their lives and they both move on, the memories of their days together stay so real. There is so much that I want to share, but to do so will give away so much of this amazing story and I would hate to ruin it for you. What I can tell you is that you have to pick up By Way of Accident. It is a book that you will pull at your heart and make you smile throughout the entire story. Laura Miller has a unique style of writing that makes every character, even the secondary, seem like people you know or meet on the street daily. She writes a real life story that is impossible to put down.
Breathtakingly Pure! There is something so pure, so raw, about reading a Laura Miller novel. They never fail to transcend time and space, place and time, taking you somewhere you didn’t know you had the power to reach. Though they aren’t necessarily action packed in the traditional sense that you may be accustomed to, and they aren’t always riddled with drama, her stories make your heart race for an entirely different, yet no less potent, reason. Because one thing you learn within opening a few pages of one of her books is that she doesn’t need all that other filler. She stands on her own words, and after devouring By Way of Accident in a day I can say with certainty; she’s never stood taller. Fans of her previous works won’t be disappointed, and newcomers will have their faith in good literature restored. One thing that Miller does exceptionally is to set a scene. Having grown up in the South and never having visited the Midwest (where all her stories take place) is no matter for she effortlessly takes you there. From the scratchiness of the hay bales, to the sounds of the whippoorwills at night, to the smell of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich as they enjoyed their innocent meal together; I experienced it all right alongside the characters and it enriched the story for me all the more. Miller writes books in 3-D; they’re a full contact ride. And the ride we went on this time was with two teenagers and their brief summer of love. The entire book builds from those experiences in a much simpler time, when the days were long and a dip in the creek was the perfect respite at the end of it. This is a book of first loves and the coincidences and accidents that transpire to create something great. It’s a character driven book and one that you will find yourself invested in from page one. Most of this book is from the perspective of a child, but even saying that sounds wrong. River is thirteen through much of the book and he does and doesn’t personify that. While he has your typical thirteen year old thoughts, or at least when you and I were thirteen in the mid-90’s, he is also wise beyond what you would expect from most teenagers. Our story takes place pre internet; pre cell phones. And that in itself makes a HUGE difference. He also grows up on a farm; so not only does he know the value of a hard day’s work at a young age, but his atmosphere is, for lack of a better word, quieter. And I mean that in the best way possible. He has a chance to experience everything around him, even if he doesn’t think they are big at the time. They are untouched by what society thrust upon kids his age these days. It was a simpler time, a time when not much went unnoticed; a time when you could really stop and just listen. All of these factors, in my opinion, lead him to be wise beyond what we would expect from someone so young. That being said, no matter your age, love is love. No matter the time or place, love is love. And if you feel it, deep in your bones, there’s no denying it; there’s no hiding from it; there’s no forgetting it. In its purest form, it’s the most beautiful thing you will ever have the privilege of being in the presence of. Miller portrayed this flawlessly. There was a magic in her words that can only be found in the purest of books. There is innocence about them so pure; you don’t even miss the sex or sexual tension. It’s never even forethought on your mind. Because when a book is written well and you are given characters you actually care about, it just doesn’t matter. Too many books rely on sex to carry them through, but Miller’s books have a substance not too often found. By Way of Accident had depth and emotional connectivity in spades! It left me wanting more yet being perfectly okay with the place our characters were in. See, with any good book, I’m greedy enough to always want more words, but I’m also logical enough to recognize that more words often mean more drama. And while I won’t spoil the ending for you, know that it left me full of warm and tinglies in a way that only Miller’s books can do. It left me with a renewed view of love, hope, and encouragement. It left me emotionally sated in the best possible way. Because of this book, my heart flies freer.