Author: Melody Carlson
Publication Date: April 6, 2017
Provided by: Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Series: Follow your Heart (#3)
Subjects: art, art galleries, teaching, upper-class,
Setting: Seattle, Savannah
High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.
With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!
Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.
Under a summer sky
The beginning of this book was amazing. I've been struggling lately to get into books and this one was easy to enjoy. Melody Carlson is a well known author and her story of Southern Savannah was, well. smooth as butter. Sweet as sugar, etc.
I really enjoyed meeting the characters and seeing their summer unfold... but as I got to the end of the book, there were a lot of unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries and I began to question: How will the author wrap everything up in 50? 20? 5 pages?
By the end of the book something changed. It felt rushed. If felt like the author was struggling to cram a 60 page ending in about 7 and because of that, there was something missing.
I have enjoyed Melody Carlson's books in the past, and to be honest thoroughly enjoyed reading probably 80% of the book, I would give it a 5, but the ending was pretty crummy. (To clarify, not from a plot perspective but just the way that it was written).
To me its odd that the ending was so weak because of how much she has written, surely she has editors and things to guide her, etc but perhaps she was rushed for a deadline.
In any case, I think that I cant justify giving this book more than a 3.5 rating. It is a good book but I wouldn't give it to a friend.
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 romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. 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.