It Happened One Summer: A Novel

It Happened One Summer: A Novel

by Tessa Bailey (Author)

USA Today best seller

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town...where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

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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. 

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Tessa Bailey's "It Happened One Summer," a delightful novel that whisks you away to a small coastal town for a summer of surprises and newfound love. Experience the journey of Piper Bellinger, a city girl with a knack for turning disasters into opportunities, as she reluctantly trades her high-powered life in Manhattan for the quaint seaside town of Westport, Maine.

When Piper's sister elopes with a local lobsterman, Piper finds herself responsible for running their family's struggling inn. Determined to prove her worth and save the inn, she enlists the help of Brendan, a ruggedly handsome fisherman with a reputation for being a bit of a loner. As they work together to restore the inn to its former glory, sparks fly between them.

As Piper and Brendan navigate the challenges of running a business, they discover a deep connection that transcends their differences. Piper learns to embrace the slower pace of life in Westport and finds solace in the beauty of the seaside town. Brendan, in turn, is drawn to Piper's intelligence and resilience, qualities that challenge his preconceived notions about city women.

Amidst the backdrop of breathtaking sunsets, salty breezes, and the quaint charm of Westport, Piper and Brendan embark on a journey of self-discovery and unexpected love. Along the way, they encounter colorful characters, including quirky townspeople, a meddling grandmother, and a mischievous cat named Hamlet. Laughter, tears, and plenty of steamy moments ensue as Piper and Brendan navigate their evolving relationship.

Tessa Bailey's "It Happened One Summer" is a heartwarming and witty novel that celebrates the power of love, the importance of family, and the beauty of embracing new experiences. Prepare to be swept away by this charming tale of two people from different worlds who find unexpected happiness in the most unlikely of places.


July 13, 2021