All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

Title:  All Summer Long
Series: Follow Your Heart, Book 2
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  June 7, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

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.

Light-hearted and sweet, All Summer Long by Melody Carlson centers around the undeniable memory of a first kiss, the attraction of it and what the future holds.  Having lived in San Francisco for some time, I love the "tourist-y" activities in the book, reminding me of good memories.  I did enjoy the process of renovating the yacht and turning it into a restaurant, touching on construction, the needs of the chef, and the administrative aspects such as hiring and marketing.  All Summer Long mainly focus on Tia and her thoughts, adding some of Leo's, giving us the full spectrum of Tia's inner emotions and fears.  Though she is our main character, I wish it delve a little more into other supporting characters as well.  To top it off, I'm not crazy about the process at which Tia and Leo became a couple. Of course, as readers, we love a happy ending, but to me, the development is just as important and without any gray areas to when exactly did they fall in love.  There isn't a strong inspirational message, but I didn't expect one with a light read as such.  Even for that note, I must say I did enjoy reading this. It was quick, light and definitely sweet throughout. Despite the process and seemingly lack of character growth, the happy ending ticked this novel up to the likable and recommend slot.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Cat.  She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice.  She and her husband live in central Oregon.  She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series andFinding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

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