Ali Brady


Two best friends are torn apart by a life-altering secret and have one summer to set the record straight. When twelve-year-olds Kat Steiner and Blake O’Neill meet at Camp Chickawah, they have an instant connection. But everything falls apart when they learn they’re not just best friends—they’re also half-sisters. Confused and betrayed, the girls break off all contact. Fifteen years later, when their father dies suddenly, Kat and Blake discover he’s left them a joint inheritance: the family beach house in Destin, Florida. The two sisters are immediately at odds. Blake, who has recently been demoted from regular nanny to dog nanny, wants to sell the house, while social media influencer Kat is desperate to hold on to the place where she lived with so many happy memories.

Kat and Blake reluctantly join forces to renovate the dilapidated house, with the understanding that Kat will try to buy Blake out at the end of the summer. The women clash as Blake’s renovation plans conflict with Kat’s creative vision; meanwhile, each sister finds herself drawn into a summer romance. As the weeks pass, the two women realize the most difficult project they face this summer will be coming to grips with their shared past—and learning how to become sisters.


Ali Brady is the pen name of writing BFFs Alison Hammer and Bradeigh Godfrey. Their debut novel, The Beach Trap, made several ‘best of summer’ lists including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Parade Magazine, and Katie Couric Media. Their second book together, The Comeback Summer, is coming out June 6, 2023, from Berkley (Penguin Random House). Alison lives in Chicago where she works as an SVP Creative Director for an advertising agency. She has no kids, pets, or plants, but she does have two solo books, You and Me and Us and Little Pieces of Me. Bradeigh lives in Utah with her husband, four children, and a dog. She is a physician and the author of the psychological thriller, Imposter.


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