Release Day Review: The Best Is Yet to Come by Bella Andre

The Best Is Yet to Come
Series: Summer Lake, #1
Author: Bella Andre
Publication Date: May 10, 2017
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Best friends. High school sweethearts. Passionate lovers. Once upon a time, Sarah Bartow and Calvin Vaughn were everything to each other. Until big dreams—and an even bigger tragedy—tore them apart.

Ten years after good-bye, they’re finally together again at Summer Lake in the Adirondacks…and the sparks between them are hotter than ever. Soon one kiss is turning into so much more. Not only breathtaking, sizzling lovemaking—but also deep, honest emotions that can’t be denied.

Calvin refuses to let the ambitions and disasters that separated them a decade ago wreck them this time. Not when he knows for sure that Sarah is his one—his only—true love. He let her get away once. He won’t make the same mistake again. Even if it means risking his entire heart, and every last piece of his soul, to show her they belong together. Now…and forever.

I was excited to have the chance to read Bella Andre’s newest Sullivans spin-off, The Best Is Yet to Come. I’ve always been a fan of the Sullivan family and their friends. In The Best Is Yet to Come, we get to know Calvin from the New York Sullivans series better.

Years ago, Sarah and Calvin were more than just lovers. They were everything to each other. When an unforeseen tragedy struck, their futures and relationship were forever changed. Ten years later, they get a second chance when Sarah returns home to Summer Lake.

The Best Is Yet to Come was a sweet second chance romance. Written in third person, the story rotates between Sarah and Calvin’s perspectives. Neither has been the same since they broke up. Both have matured and grown stronger as individuals, but they’ve never healed from the scars of their break up. I enjoyed how they dealt with their past issues, and made new discoveries about each other. Calvin and Sarah were definitely a match made in contemporary romance heaven.

Calvin and Sarah’s relationship wasn’t the only romance in this story, though. The story also takes the reader back to Sarah’s grandmother Olive’s past. She tells the story of her first love, Carlos. Sarah is startled by her grandmother’s tale, since it’s not about her grandfather. What Sarah learns from her grandmother’s story helps her discover what her future holds. I loved what Olive’s history added to Sarah’s story. It almost gave this book more of a women’s fiction/mystery feel.

So here’s my one complaint about The Best Is Yet to Come. I love contemporary romance series. The Sullivans is one of my favorite ones. I like that Bella Andre has made not one but two spin-offs for the series. My problem is that I’m starting to feel bogged down by all the name dropping of old characters in newer books. This happened to me with The Best Is Yet to Come. Referencing the old characters when they have no part in the new story felt out-of-place to me. If they’re not impacting the new romance/story in some way, they probably don’t need to be mentioned. I know I’m probably in the minority with this opinion, but I just couldn’t help but mention it.

The Best Is Yet to Come was what I would call a great traditional contemporary romance. Everything about this book was sweet and subtle. The characters had their flaws, but found their happiness by rediscovering each other. Fans of Bella Andre’s are sure to love this book.

5 thoughts on “Release Day Review: The Best Is Yet to Come by Bella Andre”

  1. So I haven’t read all of the Sullivan series yet……Will I ruin it if I read this one because I want to read this one right now!!

    Awesome review Deanna!!

    1. No, I don’t think it will ruin it. This is a spin-off without any actual Sullivans. I do think you would love the original Sullivan series as well as this book. Thanks!

  2. She has SO MANY books! I just don’t know where to even start with. I have heard very good things about her Sullivan books though. I’m glad this was enjoyable, but I totally understand why you may have been frustrated by the name dropping of old characters!
    Great review!

    1. If you want to try her, I would definitely start with the first book in the original Sullivan series. That series was really good. This one was good, but no where near that first series for me. Thanks for the compliment and stopping by! 🙂

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