We all remember our first love, that one affair that took custody of your heart and never really let it go. Readers around the world were touched by The Summer Remains, a heartbreaking and inspiring novel about one of these romances – but Cooper Nichols, the enigmatic young man at the center of the novel, was largely silent on the matter. Until now.
“I just can’t believe it’s over between you guys,” my best friend said as we walked down the pier. “You two were supposed to last forever.”
I stared out at the blue sea. “Oh, trust me, it’s not over. I am going to see that girl’s face in every crowd I look into, forever. And maybe a few forevers after that…”
And so begins the tale of young writer Cooper Nichols. Left in ruins after a tragic summer romance, Cooper is afraid the sun may have set on him for good – until his mother discovers a copy of Cooper’s journal he kept of that summer. As he reluctantly slips back into his own past in the pages of his notebook, Cooper starts to rethink everything he thought he knew about life, death, and all the love that can bloom in between – and what follows is a thrilling and breathtaking journey back to joy that will sink into you and stay there for the long haul.
Illuminating, romantic and soul-stirring, Invincible Summer is a testament to the miraculous power of love, in all its immortal glory and everlasting majesty. If you have ever found yourself drifting back to a long-lost romance during a quiet moment, prepare to be pulled under all over again.
6+++++ STARS and then some!!!
This is not going to be “just another review”. This is a plea, a request, I guess, for you to take a moment to really listen to me. This is a chance for you to take a moment and reflect on your life. To see the true meaning of it all. I promise, it will all be worth it. You will have one of those “AH HAH” moments, and it will take your breath away.
Sit down. Close your eyes. Picture a sunset, the waves breaking on the shore. Picture a calm, peaceful life where you feel love, sunshine beating on your back and every person you love with your whole heart surrounding you. Do you feel it? Can you see yourself there? Okay. So now picture yourself with the “book” that will change your life in your hands. You open it up and memorize it. Savor every word. Follow it like a rule-book.
Invincible Summer is a book, yes. But at the same time, it’s not. Not really. It kind of makes you open your eyes, your heart, your mind to what really happens after.
We are reunited with Cooper just after Summer. What happened to him, where did he go, what did he do? We’re taken on a journey. We follow him as he searches for his purpose and the lessons we learn are profound. Impossible to describe unless you read them yourself.
So what did I learn from all of this? I learned that we all have a purpose. Sometimes we might not know what that is until later on, but we’re all here for a reason. I learned how important it is to be kind. Show love. Be grateful. Live a life that you will be proud of. Know that every hand you hold, every heart you touch and every kind word you speak reaches more than the person you are offering the kindness to. You know that chance you wanted to take? Take it. The people you love more than life itself? Tell them.
I know so many will be skeptical. How can this be? Who are we to say what’s to come? We can’t. Some of us just need to believe. For our sanity, for our hearts to keep beating, for our lives to continue to move forward. We need to know that the people we loved most are right there beside us and have never left. Even if you don’t believe, it is worth travelling on this journey because a love this deep and this pure is meant to be experienced.
Seth King has found his purpose in life even if he hasn’t figured it out yet. He is meant to tell stories, share tales and take us to places we have never been before. His words are poetic, his heart huge and his writing is breathtaking. Lose yourself in a phenomenal book and meet Cooper and Summer. Your life will never be the same.
“Love always wins.”
**This can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading The Summer Remains first.
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About Seth King
Seth King is a twenty-five-year-old author and artist.