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All Summer Long: A San Francisco Romance (Follow Your Heart) Paperback – June 7, 2016
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She's ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn't expect is an old flame.
Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.
When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?
Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.
Praise for Once Upon a Summertime
"Carlson kicks off her new series with this heartwarming and uplifting novel about taking a chance on fulfilling your dreams. . . . A pleasant summer escape."--Library Journal
"Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining."--Christian Manifesto
"[The] perfect summer read for a day at the beach."--CBA Retailers + Resources
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.
About the Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romance Once Upon a Summertime. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Melody Carlson has written many books. I have read lots of her books and have enjoyed every one. She is a very gifted writer.
Of course, the romance had to have its up and downs. From the first part of the book, Tia leaves everything behind in her small town in Washington to move to San Francisco to help her aunt with a boat diner. I'm proud she was able to pack up and move to pursue what she wanted to do with her life. But as soon as she runs into Leo, an old flame from her teenage years, Tia doesn't really show any emotions. Their first encounter at the restaurant seemed unbelieveable. Tia was calm and acted in a way that I had a hard time swallowing. I was in Tia's perspective, so why did Carlson not allow me to see how uncomfortable that Tia actually was?
The story was predictable, even if it centered on a unique setting of a dinner boat. I knew pretty early on how the love pairs would disolve and finally appear.
As for the plot, I was completely bored. I kept flipping through pages just to move through the story quickly. But fans, in my humble opinion of contemporary romances might enjoy this book. I just really didn't like the slow movement, especially when I knew how the different relationships would end up.
Not enough action to my suspense loving taste, Melody Carlson's All Summer Long made me yawn as I flipped through the pages, begging for something to spice up the predictable romance. Even though I struggled with the novel, fans of Amanda Cabot might enjoy this book.
I received a complimentary copy of All Summer Long from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.
First, it’s set on a yacht-turned-dinner cruise ship. The description of the boat’s original woodwork and design caught my interest. Normally I’m not a real fan of boating, but it seemed so charming that I couldn’t resist reading more. Tia and Leo were teen sweethearts, albeit a very short-lived romance that consisted of a few days during summer camp. It seemed a charming beginning, until Leo’s fiance showed up at dinner the night of their reunion. It rings of that Alannis Morissette song “Isn’t It Ironic?” Finally, Tia is a chef, and the descriptions of her meals were mouthwatering. Her family and friends often consume alcoholic drinks, so if that bothers you in books – be forewarned.
There were several unrealistic factors in the storyline, though. Somehow Tia seemed to have superhuman abilities. as she was able to accomplish SO MUCH in mere hours, I started to get a little jealous of her busy bee syndrome. Her constant vows to stay away from Leo just didn’t bear up, which got annoying. Normally I enjoy Melody Carlson’s lighthearted writing style, but All Summer Long tended to be tedious when it came to dialogue. It seemed that every single thought, statement, or whim of a character became a belabored point. But really, who reads romance for the real-life possibilities and literary genius? I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions shared are mine.
The excitement of playing a pivotal role restoring the yacht and designing the ultimate galley kitchen and dining room play on her mind as she arrives in San Francisco. Instead of her aunt, a handsome young man is waiting to pick her up. Not just any handsome man but an older version of the teenage boy who gave her that memorable kiss all those years ago.
As fate would have it, she and Leo will be thrown together often as they manage the work needed on the Pacific Pearl. Her uncle's pressing need heart surgery and her aunt's natural desire to stay at his side compels the pair to work together to complete the work.
The work needed is significant but takes second place in the plot to Tia and Leo's story. We can almost feel the fog roll in and the wave lapping on the side of the yacht, docked in the bay. The author, Melody Carlson is very adept at setting us right in the middle of the story. From the start Tia enjoyed meeting Leo again, deciding that moving from northern Washington state was the best decision she'd made since graduating from culinary school. The only bump on the road was Natalie, Leo's fiance. Naturally, Tia is disappointed but can she work with Leo to oversee all the work needed to turn a 1980's remodel job gone bad into her aunt's vision of the Pacific Pearl? Can she stand by and watch a man she is falling for marry another woman? Even if the other woman has also become her friend?
Read it and find out! All Summer Long is another good book to add to your summer reading list. And if your vacation plans are on water, all the better to grab your copy of All Summer Long from your favorite local bookseller. Melody Carlson is an award winning author of more than 200 books. She was awarded a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market. All Summer Long is book 2 in her Follow Your Heart Series. For information on Melody and her books check out her website at: [...]
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