I love reading year-round, but there is just something about a summer road trip that requires a lighthearted book to pass the time.
We traveled over 2,200 miles in the car on our summer vacation this year, so I got a lot of reading done. I finished three books, y’all!
One of my reading selections was “All Summer Long” by Melody Carlson. I received this book free from the publisher, Revell, to facilitate my honest review.
This is the second book in Ms. Carlson’s Follow Your Heart series. I read the first book last summer (see my review for “Once Upon a Summertime” from last June). I liked that one, so I was happy to read this next book in the series.
“All Summer Long” is a stand-alone book that doesn’t follow on anything from the first book in the Follow Your Heart series. It features a separate cast and setting.
The book begins with Tia receiving a job offer from her aunt. She has an exciting opportunity to move to San Francisco and help launch a dinner cruise venture on a renovated yacht. Tia happily hangs up her apron in her uncle’s restaurant to become the head chef aboard the yacht.
Arriving in San Francisco, Tia learns that the captain of the boat is Leo, an old friend from summer camp. She realizes she’s not quite over her childhood crush on Leo, while also quickly becoming part of the drama surrounding Leo and his new fiancee. Meanwhile, Tia and Leo have to take over the renovations on the yacht when her aunt must attend to an illness in the family.
The book does a good job taking readers on a visit to San Francisco, from the dining to sailing the scenic Bay. I enjoyed revisiting the Bay area through the descriptions of the setting in the book.
As a Christian romance novel, it delivers a pleasant storyline to get to an expected (predictable) happy ending. The characters are sometimes frustrating and repetitive in their thoughts and actions during the situations they encounter in the book. The two main characters are generally likeable, but the novel doesn’t really highlight any deep spiritual truths that help the characters grow and mature over the course of the story.
A lot of the plot has to do with Tia and Leo working together on the yacht as they oversee the renovations. It is a bit slow at times, but I like a good renovation, so I didn’t mind reading about the design and construction process.
Overall, “All Summer Long” is an enjoyable, lighthearted book for summer reading.
Thank you to the Revell Reads program for providing a free copy of “All Summer Long”
by Melody Carlson to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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