Njoh is a passionate reader who loves romance novels — and she’s thrilled to bring the first of the genre to Canada Reads.
The great Canadian book debate will take place on March 4-7. This year, we are looking for one book to carry us forward.
A cottage country second-chance romance
Meet Me at the Lake finds 32-year-old Fern Brookbanks stuck — she can’t quite stop thinking about one perfect day she spent in her 20s. By chance, she met a man named Will Baxter and the two spent a romantic 24 hours in Toronto, after which they promised to meet up one year later. But Will never showed up.
Now, instead of living in the city like she thought she would, Fern manages her mother’s Muskoka resort by the lake, a role she promised herself she’d never take on.
Disillusioned with her life, Fern is shocked when Will shows up at her door, suitcase in hand, asking to help. Why is he here after all this time and more importantly, can she trust him to stay? It’s clear Will has a secret but Fern isn’t sure if she’s ready to hear it all these years later.
Fortune is a Toronto-based journalist who has worked as an editor for Refinery29, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Toronto Life. Meet Me at the Lake is her second novel. Her debut was Every Summer After, a romance about childhood summer friends who reunite years later.
“What I love as a romance reader is watching two people who can feel very real going through real problems and trying to figure themselves out, trying to figure another person out and ultimately there is this happy ending,” Fortune said in an interview on The Next Chapter.
I want people to feel like they’ve snooped on a real relationship and I want to give people an escape.– Carley Fortune
“So you go on this very emotional journey but you feel safe. I needed that when I was reading in 2020 and I needed that as a writer.
“I think my books do look at tough subjects. Meet Me at the Lake deals with mental health, with grief and loss. But ultimately, I want to give people hope. I want people to feel like they’ve snooped on a real relationship and I want to give people an escape.”
The Next Chapter18:20Blockbuster Canadian romance writer Carley Fortune dives into summer love at the lake.
Creating content that uplifts and inspires — just like romance novels
Njoh is a self-described creative multi-hyphenate and an avid reader. She combines her love of photography, fashion, storytelling and modelling in her everyday life as a content creator and model. Working with labels like Valentino, Uniqlo, Nordstrom, Fenty Beauty, Njoh cultivated a following online of over 235,000 followers who look to her for inspiration.
As a child, Njoh dreamed of being an author, she told Ali Hassan in a column on The Next Chapter, where she recommended three books with passionate female leads. Because the best writers are voracious readers, this dream had Njoh reading from a young age, she said.
Njoh’s also been featured in PAPER magazine, Elle Canada and the Globe and Mail’s best dressed list for her eclectic style. A West African immigrant, she currently lives in Toronto.
The Next Chapter12:27“Creative multi-hyphenate” Mirian Njoh shares 3 of her favourite books