“All Summer Long” by Melody Carlson

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“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, upscale 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 the self same Leo Parker 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?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the bay at sunset.”

The storyline of this book was quite lovely and incorporated many elements that I loved: an Italian background chef, a remodeling project, and beautiful word pictures of the setting which was a small dinner-cruise boat! She truly is a talented author as far as drawing you into the story and holding your attention, and I never felt like I had to ‘convince’ myself to keep reading.

However, there were some drawbacks as far as my personal preferences are concerned. Number one, I don’t particularly like love triangles, especially where a couple is already engaged, and then the main girl appears on the scene…it just doesn’t make for a very comfortable read to me. *Spoiler* toward the end of the book when he finally breaks up with his fiancee, he starts into the next relationship in a matter of a week or less…not ideal in my opinion.  *End of Spoiler*   Also, the spiritual content of the book seemed to portray more of a relationship-of-convenience with Jesus Christ, instead of being an integral part of the characters’ lives. There were a couple mentions of attending church. Lastly, there seemed to be no issue with imbibing alcoholic beverages.

So, as far as quality of writing I would definitely give it 4 1/2 to 5 stars, but as far as my personal thoughts on the content, I would say 3 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review.

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