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Mango Summer

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Magic is in the air...

For the first time in a century, the fruit in San Antonio's most famous mango farm all turned sour. Fiona, thirty-six and single, knows why. According to her family's legend, the only way to keep the mangoes sweet is for the women who run the farm to be married and bear children. If Fiona doesn't find anyone soon, the inheritance her family has been
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published October 13th 2018
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K.J. Charles
A really delightful contemporary with an older woman/best friend's little brother plot. The romance is both sweet and tart--Greg is a cinnamon roll with good biceps, but also someone who has screwed up in a previous relationship and learned from the hurt. Fiona is prickly, very hurt by a previous fiance, and horribly prone to shutting down and withdrawing rather than dealing with problems.

The whole book is about defining happiness for ourselves and working out what people actually want, which i
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Age gap + best friend’s younger brother + fabulism element (mango harvest won’t taste sweet unless farm owner is in love/pregnant).
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I last read a romance novel and by golly gosh was I glad to pick up Agay’s latest. I only knew about this book when I read the synopsis from one of the #romanceclass ladies and I knew this book was going to be amazeballs.

Jutanders heroine? Check.
Kiddie meal guy? Check check.

This book is me.

First lines of the first chapter...oh my god. That vivid description of smelling ripe mangoes took me back. Holy crap. I don’t have the same verbose writing skills as Agay, so you just
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
When was the last time she'd verbalized her gratitude for life? Things weren't perfect; they would never be. Her pickup truck was on the verge of dying, one of her old-time employees resigned, and someone left a bad review on their website. But here she was, doing something she loved, lying beside someone she loved, living in a place she'd loved since childhood. The realization sent happiness surging through her veins. Yes, thank you, she prayed. I'm grateful.

Such a refreshing read. Things I lov
Aug 11, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
I had started this once before and set it aside hoping I would be more in the mood for it, and then I started it again today and wasn't inspired to continue, so I'm just going to stop trying. ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
"They stand face to face for a few silent seconds, letting that current of want flow between them like a bridge they’re about to cross."

This was a short and surprisingly steamy Filipino romance I read on Kindle Unlimited, and I highly recommend you check it out if you are a romance fan!

This story takes place in the Philippines on a mango farm and is
- an age-gap (she is 36, he is 28)
- childhood friends
- ex-best friend's little brother

G-boy is a total cinnamon roll and has been in love w
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I buddy read this with a fellow #romanceclass reader (hi, Kristin!), something I haven't done before, which made the experience all the more special!

First: Love how this author weaves her words together—she's got magic on her fingertips, she's got magic in her heart. ~When I grow up, I want to be like her~

Second: Mad appreciation for the Filipino-ness of this novel. The fantasy approach (about how the mango trees weren't bearing sweetness) ties in with how superstitious and somehow traditional a
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
Originally posted as a bookstagram:

I've been a fan of Agay Llanera's writing since I loved her YA novel Choco Chip Hips, and I was excited to dive back into one of her books. Mango Summer is a beautifully written romance with a strong Filipino flavor that reminded me of childhood summers spent in the province, away from the hustle and bustle of Manila. Agay's words have always had a lyrical quality to them, but even more so in this book where magic felt w

That title drew me in first. My favorite fruit combined with my favorite season got me one-clicking so fast, I might have broken a nail.

Like the mango fruit, the story takes a while to ripen. It started sour for me because the beginning was quite heavy, present tense is not my preference, and I was uncomfortable reading a hero who has the same name as my father.

But Agay’s evocative writing drew me in, the character development for Fiona and G-boy so compelling, the food porn so mouthwat
N.G. Peltier
loved this. loved that Fiona was older than Greg and we get the best friend's brother trope. Loved the family story laced with an undercurrent of magic so you're not quite sure if it was true. But I was intrigued from the beginning.

Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing I so good, loved it, but this one has an ending that was uneven.. I guess it's about expectations here. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I think the story is incredibly sweet, and the setting and atmosphere are gorgeous. However, I didn't love the writing or pacing. I'd still recommend it if you want a cute and wholesome romance though. ...more
"At dusk, when the world melts into shadow, the air is the thing most alive.

From her spot under the mango tree, Fiona smells the farm more clearly than she sees it. The scent is a lush, primal mix of unseen creatures crawling, burrowing, being born and rotting away; of green things straining against the earth to reach for the sun.

I, admittedly, had never read any of Agay Llanera’s books. And I realize that this was such a huge mistake on my part. Agay is a master of evoking emotion – especially
H. Bentham
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Magic is wild, her mom used to say. You can't tame magic. It plays by its own rules."

I was supposed to write a full review on my blog for this but alas, I. Is. Busy. As. Bee. LOL. I'm sure I already psyched you up with my previous mango bookstagrams but omg, you should check out my livetweet thread while reading this! It was fun!

"Sometimes, life reveals itself clumsily. Yet Greg feels something has progressed between him and Fiona . . . "

I have read most of Agay's books and she's one of my f
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
At first, I wasn't sure about this book, I don't think that I've ever read a best friend's younger brother before. But oh friends, I'm so glad that I listened to my friends and read this book.

The heroine is the owner of a mango farm that it's famous for its very sweet and perfect mangos, until this summer, where the mangos come sour. Here comes the hero, looking for mangos for his sister and great ideas to save the farm. And he sees her again it hits him, all his feelings for his sister's best
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
That was really sweet and fluffy and there were lots of things I really liked:
That the main protagonist is a 36 year old woman (who still doesn't know if she wants to marry or have kids! Loved that), that Greg is an awesome love interest who was great about respecting boundaries, but who also managed to very sweetly woo her. The romance is super sweet and refreshing.
I also loved the whole plot about the mango farm, there is a lot of food porn in there which was delicious. All in all it was a w
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-f
A lovely romance that I picked up thanks to K.J. Charles' review. 'Lovely' is the word she used, and it fits perfectly. Fiona, 36, is the owner of a mango farm which has been passed on from mother to daughter for generations. Where's the catch? According to stories, there's some kind of magic that keeps the mangos perfect and super sweet as long as the female owner is married and has children.

Which isn't the case of Fiona, left broken-hearted by her wealthy pretentious ass ex-boyfriend. And for
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romanceclass
For this particular book, I think the setting is the winner. I can almost see myself and my childhood back in my province of Batangas even if we didn't own our own farm. The childhood background between Fiona and G-boy were well fleshed out. I can almost imagine them hanging out every summer.

The people living around the farm also reminded me of my own Titos and Titas.

It was also realistic that both the exes, Marcy and Cliff, were not made into bad guys even if they were the ones who cancelled
Marie Christine F
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A small-town, age-gap, best-friend's brother romance with a dash of magical realism. The book is lyrical and powerfully evocative, and reminded me of my childhood and all the required short stories in school I've read.

The book is about finding happiness on your own terms, and not being dictated by society or by your significant other.

I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of things in the book: how a wedding proposal rejection was handled well by the H, because h is not all too sure if she want
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Such a beautifully written book. The hero is lovely, so kind and smart and patient. The heroine is troubled and sad, but it’s wonderful to see her shake that off and come into her own. They both have had life-changing events and in the course of the story learn to live in their own skins. The older woman/younger man aspect is handled very well-not dominating the story nor swept under the rug. I loved how the secret of the mangos is revealed! This is one of the best books I’ve read this ye
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deliciously magical

I love Agay’s writing style and storytelling because it feels like her words are courting you heart with its beautiful words. The way she describes the scenery transports you to the warmth of a Filipino small town. The food, oh god the way she described the food makes your mouth water.

But of course the absolute star is the way she tells the story of Fiona and Greg and how each emotion unfolds. I love the way their story ended, for a second there I thought it was going another
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, gifts, 2020-books
I didn't plan to finish this in just one day. I meant to read portions in between chores (I'm trying to ration my reading material because quarantine haha) and thought this would last me for 3 days the most. But no, I just had to finish this last night, I mean, earlier at 2am. As with her other works, Agay's way with words sucked me in and never let go until I reached the end. Which is a good thing I guess? Because the happy vibes stayed with me today amidst the drudgery of community quarantine. ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
+Best friend's little brother! Fiona is 8 years older than Greg! Flip those gender norms!
+Cookies! Really, Filipino food in general, but cookies!
+Super cute ending!

-It's narrated in 3rd person present tense! It gives the story a fairy tale quality which works for this story, but I find it awkward.
Some of the descriptions were a bit too florid for me, but the story overall was really sweet. I like how much Fiona grew as a person, and how much she realized about what her family's legacy really entails. I also really love the descriptions of the mangoes -- I can actually smell them, taste their sweetness, and feel the juices trickling down my chin. ...more
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A perfect book for the summer. It makes me crave for mangoes too.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This story was wonderful. The imagery and use of senses was great. I loved the flow and the character growth.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, this is wholesome and cute with a touch of magic! This would make a super cute movie, too.
Mangos, childhood friends to lovers, and self discovery. All of that equals such a cute story!
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
i want that kind of mango summer as well. :)

beautifully told! made me crave that kind of growth and learning over failed expectations in life.
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