Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review - "Once Upon a Summertime"

She's looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises--not the least of which is discovering that Sean O'Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City--and into the depths of the human heart.

"A hard-working girl finds her happily-ever-after ending in Melody Carlson's heartwarming tale. Readers will cheer Anna's journey as a summer of new beginnings becomes a summer of unexpected love."--Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. 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

My Review:
I always enjoy Melody's books and her latest is another great read.  "Once Upon a Summertime" is a light, summery read that is the story of Anna taking a chance and following her heart and her dreams.  Anna and Sean are both main characters whom I loved immediately and could connect with.  New York City is the setting for the book and I love the detail that is shared about the various plays they play tourist to, so many details that I felt as if I was there with them at St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Rothsberg and dinner in Little Italy.  I also loved the roles that all of the minor characters played including Marley, Max and Anna's grandmother who is filled with wisdom and love.  I highly recommend this book, it is the perfect summer read and romance. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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