Thursday, June 30, 2016

Unexpected Meeting Adds Complications to New Challenges

      "All Summer Long
        By Melody Carlson

Synopsis:

Tia Gets a Second Chance at Love When an Old Crush Suddenly Reappears

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, upscale 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 the self same Leo Parker 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.

My Thoughts:

This second book in the "San Francisco Romance" series is every bit as pleasant a read as the first! A perfect book for a trip to the beach. The setting was perfect, one in which a romance should develop, described so vividly that I could easily picture it in my mind. A cruise ship is an ideal location for a developing romance.  I must admit that the detailed description of the food had my mouth watering and I had the greatest desire to go on a dinner cruise! Not only could I see the delicious food, I could taste it, if only in my dreams.

The characters took only a very few pages to capture my heart. Each is described in a realistic manner . They became my dear friends within the first chapter and I felt their hurts, disappointments, as well as their joys and accomplishments. Melody Carlson has the unique talent of having her characters display a Christian message to all readers. The underlying theme clearly shows us how God does have a plan for each and every one of us. We often have to step back and let God take control, He will take care of us if only we wait and patiently listen to Him  . Tia and Leo are good examples for each of us. 

The plot moves slowly but steadily. Although not full of action, it keeps one's attention and causes the readers to examine their own lives.  A slower pace allows us time to absorb the underlying meanings and truths. The story is both light hearted and thought provoking. The tale flows easily from one chapter to the next, keeping one engrossed. 

Although a light read, this book was very thought provoking. A great read for young and old!!

This book was supplied by Baker Publishing Group and Graf- Martin Communications Inc.in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.

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