Sunday, June 25, 2017

Follow Your Heart #3

Under a Summer Sky (Follow Your Heart #3)

She's anticipating a quiet summer surrounded by beauty. She never expected a fresh chance at love.

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 her childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.

With the backdrop of a gorgeous historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

Published June 6th 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company

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Meet the Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. 

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this story!!
Melody Carlson has released the 3 installment, Under a Summer Sky, in the Follow Your Heart series.  This story sweeps the reader from Washington state to Savannah, Georgia. We are introduced to the enchanting Nicole Anderson who is a high school art teacher preparing for summer break when an opportunity to spend the summer in the historical town of Savannah.  As a child growing up Nicole spent summer vacations with her mother's childhood friend, Vivian Graham, and her family.  Parts of it she remember fondly, but other parts were almost unbearable.  This opportunity involves house sitting for Vivian and helping out at her art gallery while she is on a world cruise.  
Her arrival is met with the first surprise, Vivian's oldest son was in the middle of a divorce and now lived on the estate.  What she remembers of Alex is not really pleasant.  He was a good looking boy, but his personality showed him to be a bully and guess what? He hasn't changed much.  One big difference is that he is now the father of a teen aged daughter.  Surprise number two is that Vivian doesn't just want her to help out in the gallery, but to actually manage it with the help of her assistant, Amyra.  Of course no one told Amyra of the Nicole's arrival or what her role at the gallery would be.  Another surprise would be Vivian's son Ryan that she remembered had a crush on her when they were younger.  All Nicole can think is what a summer this has turned out to be, nothing as she had anticipated.  
This is a sweet story.  I found the characters captivating.  Nicole was so sweet and tried to do what was expected of her as a friend and employee.  With each challenge thrown her way she shows her strength of character.  She is intrigued with the history and architecture of the city.  She tries to acclimate to southern living.  I just loved her.  Alex was appealing until his true character became obvious with how he dealt with Ryan and his daughter.  
I would recommend anyone who loves a good, clean romance with a few twists.
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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