- Series: Follow Your Heart (Book 2)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Revell (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800723589
- ISBN-13: 978-0800723583
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Summer Long: A San Francisco Romance (Follow Your Heart) Paperback – June 7, 2016
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From the Back Cover
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
Tia, graduated from culinary school but decided to work in the family Italian restaurant to obtain invaluable experience until something better came along. She receives a call from her aunt who has a business proposition for her. Her aunt has recently inherited a yacht and wants Tia's help to renovate and turn it into a restaurant. Tia will then become the head chef on the yacht. Tia jumps at the chance but she wasn't expecting to run into the guy that kissed her 9 years ago. Tia has never forgotten her first kiss that she shared with Leo but her excitement of seeing him again is short lived when she discovers he's engaged.
These two get on really well and have loads in common. However, as time goes on Tia finds herself in an awkward situation. She tries hard to keep away from Leo but her plan always fails miserably. Does Leo like her? Will they rekindle their romance?
This was a sweet short story with loveable characters. The situation between Leo and Tia is kind of far fetched but it was still sweet. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.
As I said, it's a great book to pop in your beach bag or bring poolside. It's an easy read, and one that you wouldn't worry about handing to your 13 year old cousin to read after you've finished with it.
It does seem a bit questionable that, after nine years, both Tia and Leo recognize each other right away, and that Tia seems to expect Leo to have feelings for her after he kissed her just one time when they were 16. Then she is devastated that he is engaged - to an absolutely perfect, drop-dead gorgeous rich girl. From then on, it seemed every chapter ended with Tia berating herself for liking Leo, and resolving Once Again to distance herself from him, which never happens.
The story is semi-predictable, but that's fine. At times it seemed like I was reading bits of a travel blog; I swear, I could find places in San Francisco now just from this book! I have no problem with that, just sometimes it seemed a bit much. And yes, there were times I just wanted to throw some linguine at Tia. But, for all that, I did have fun reading All Summer Long. It's perfect for a pick-up story when you can only read a chapter at a time, or for a book you might read when there are distractions (like the pool!), because it's really easy to get back into.
**I was sent this copy from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**
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.
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