- File Size: 611 KB
- Print Length: 177 pages
- Publisher: Rosemarie Naramore (January 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070RSIDM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Summer on the Mountain Kindle Edition
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Even after some embarrassing moments (and there is a lot of them).Summer rediscovers her love for art, Jarrod rediscovers his love for relationships. They both discover the love they have for each other.
"Summer on the mountain" is a great novel. Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. What I like most about this book is that the characters were believable, and well defined. Also the book had a solid plot, was fairly decent in length, and well written. I got this book during one of the free promotional days, but I would have easily paid over the regular price. I recommend everyone grab a copy of this book, you will not regret it.
Summer Windham loves her job working in an art gallery for her good friend and boss Gwendolyn Lawton. The only thing missing in her life is her painting. Her muse abandoned her when difficult clients put her through the wringer, trashing her self-esteem and self-confidence. Now, a year later, Gwendolyn is determined to bring back Summers Muse. And though Gwendolyn considers the Great Outdoors to be an anathema:
“When I took my vows, I promised to love and honor. I never said anything about roughing it in the wilderness.”
She sees an opportunity to get Summer painting again, and to get back into her husband’s good graces for running out on his sixty-fifth birthday (that whole “wilderness” thing), by sending Summer up to their family cabin to paint the cabin and lands that her hubby, Leonard, loves beyond measure. Summer loves landscapes – surely getting out into nature will help her find her center again?
Summer is excited at the idea of visiting the cabin, though she worries that her muse will never return. And the fact that her first day there is, to put it mildly, an unmitigated disaster, doesn’t bode well for her summer in the mountains. The local game warden, Gwendolyn’s youngest son, Jarrod, manages to cause her to fall into the freezing lake, accuses her of being a burglar, threats her with arrest, and generally leaves her standing around freezing in her sopping wet clothes while waiting around for the sheriff to come take her to jail for a litany of offenses he thinks she has committed. Well, how was she to know you aren’t supposed to fish without a license?! And if the big jerk would just call his mom and check, he would know that she wasn’t a burglar! Sheesh.
Devastating poaching, break-ins and robberies are bad enough, but being covered in poison ivy, suffering a nasty cold from having to stand around in freezing weather after a freezing dunk in the lake, and being chased by an angry mamma bear is bad enough, but the jerky warden next door is nearly as big a pain in the backside as all that combined. But when her cold passes to him, Karma is a beeotch. And my wicked grin made several appearances from that point on.
This is the first book by Rosemarie Naramore I have read. I may not get around to reading any more of her books any time soon – so many books, so little time – but I did enjoy this lighthearted romance with an undercurrent of the terrible things that humans do to animals all in the name of profit. Jarrod comes off from the first as a smug, self-absorbed jerk of the first water (He jumps to the conclusion right away that, since she isn’t a burglar, his mother must have sent her as her latest attempt at matchmaking. HA! “Honey, you’re a good looking man, and as your mother, I love you to pieces, but sweetie, you are an arrogant. . .”). Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth! But his love for the creatures and the land is vividly drawn and believable – and besides, he may be an idiot, but he is a gentle idiot – and maybe not such an idiot at all (if he can just get his head out of up there where it is dark!)
A relaxing book with suspense, mystery, some action, and a gentle, believable romance.
Now about the story....
Summer Windham had given up on painting a year ago, after she'd been unjustly and harshly criticised by a couple who had commisioned her to do a painting for them. As hard as she tried, she couldn't seem to satisfy them. That made her question her talent, which in turn caused her to experience a "painter's block". The gallery owner Gwendolyn put those same paintings on display in the gallery and sold them all by the next day, but even that didn't seem to help bring Summer out of her funky mood. Summer used to enjoy painting landscape scenes the most, so her boss figure maybe she just needed a change in scenery to get her painting again.
So when artist Summer Windham is offered the chance to vacation at her boss, Gwendolyn's, mountain cabin, she's delighted. There's a catch, however. Gwendolyn wants her to paint a landscape to gift to her husband. Although Summer is experiencing "painter's" block, she agrees to give it a go. On the mountaintop, she meets her boss's ruggedly handsome forest ranger son, and the two immediately clash. He's convinced his mother is playing matchmaker and he simply doesn't have the time to be bothered. Or, does he?
The first few days on the mountain Jarrod and Summer clash on so many different levels, but soon they learn to accept one another, especially when Jarrod finally notices that Summer loves the mountains just as much as he does. That doesn't mean she doesn't find herself in a few frightening spots along the way, because she does. But somehow Jarrod or one of the other officer's working that mountain terrain is always around to pull her back to safety.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, in deed