Monday, June 8, 2015

Once Upon a Summertime (Follow Your Heart #1) by Melody Carlson

Title: Once Upon a Summertime (Follow Your Heart #1)
Author: Melody Carlson
Pages: 320
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     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 woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises – not the least of which is Sean O’Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!

My review:

     This is a nice clean-cut, feel-good romance.

     I fell in love with the main characters, Anna Gordon and Sean O’Neil. They are both so wonderfully well developed and easy to relate to. It was a lot of fun to follow along as they built a friendship starting with their first meeting since they have grown up. I enjoyed the information that they shared with each other about their home life as children and how they each made their decision about what they wanted to do for a living.

     I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. The interaction between them and Anna and Sean was great. There was some conflict in the story, but it wasn’t enough to detract from the over-all feel good experience of reading this story. In fact there was just enough conflict to help the story feel a little more realistic.

     This is a wonderfully entertaining light escape summertime read. I am highly recommending it and giving it 5 stars.

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