Monday, June 13, 2016

Follow Your Heart #2

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Published June 7th 2016 
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 


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? 

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Meet the Author:

Melody Carlson  
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. 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 and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. 

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My Thoughts:

What a sweet story!
Melody Carlson has released her second installment in the Follow Your Heart series, All Summer Long.  Even though this story is part of a series, I consider it a stand alone story.  She brings us not only an incredible plot, but also strong, well developed characters.  
Tia D'Amico lives in the small town of Norton, Washington and is a chef at D'Amico's which opened shortly before WW II  by her great grandparents.  2 years ago she completed her training as a chef in Seattle, but returned home to work in the family restaurant in  hopes of getting some hands on experience.  I was immediately drawn to this character and her dreams.  When given the opportunity to travel to San Francisco to help her Aunt Julie plus the possibility of her own restaurant, she puts her fears behind her and starts a new adventure/journey. Aunt Julie wants her help in transforming an old luxury yacht into an upscale dining experience to include sunset cruises and a venue for weddings/receptions, etc. Upon her arrival she meets an old acquaintance that she hasn't seen since she was 16, but her attraction to him was immediate. Of course his engagement to another girl was a big surprise and hurt.  As the story progresses Tia tries to put her attraction to him behind her and focuses on the work needed done to meet the grand opening.  
 This is a wonderful story and a perfect summer read.  
I was drawn into the story from the very first page and found myself hoping Tia's dreams would all become true.  The plot flows effortlessly has elements of romance, faith, honesty and love.  Tia is a wonderful character that finds herself involved in more than just renovations for an old, luxury yacht and finds out that not everyone is as honest as they first appear.  Her love and dedication to her family starts her on this journey, but her determination to finish the job and faith sustains her during the summer of many changes.  
This is a book that I would easily recommend to anyone who loves a clean, feel good romance.  
** I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  



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