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All Summer Long by Melody Carlson



All Summer Long is Melody Carlson’s second novel in her Follow Your Heart series and is perfect for summertime reading.  Tia D’Amico has grown up in her family’s restaurant, but she dreams of being a professional chef in a big city.   When her aunt from San Francisco calls her and asks her to help turn a boat into a restaurant and be its chef, Tia packs up and leaves her family behind for a new adventure.  

In San Francisco, Tia reunites quickly with a guy she had met years before at sailing camp, and he just happens to be the captain of her aunt’s boat.  Tia and Leo end up working together much more than either had planned as they ready the boat for their first guests.  The struggle Tia goes through is one that is familiar to many of us, and she handles it with grace.  I felt like Leo’s character could have been portrayed as stronger and more decisive when it came to his love life, but his confusion was evident as this was the only area where he appeared weak.  

All Summer Long is not classified as Christian fiction and does not contain many religious references, but it is a good, clean romance and a wonderful read for teen girls or women of any age.  I received this novel for free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  

Murder at the Courthouse by A. H. Gabhart 

  This is the first installment in Gabhart’s Hidden Springs Mysteries series, which is set in a small town in Kentucky.  Michael Keane is a competent sheriff’s deputy who must investigate a murder committed on the courthouse steps.  His investigation leads to many surprises and prompts more questions. 

The author certainly captured the small-town nuances in this novel and introduced many unique, but familiar, characters.  The plot twisted and thickened repeatedly throughout the book, which made for good reading.  The setting was perfect for introducing this series. 

I have been reading mainly Christian fiction lately, but this book is not classified as Christian.  It is a clean story without foul language or sex scenes, and there are characters who are Christians, but they are not spiritual advisors to other characters.  They just play their part as another small-town character.

This book is full of humor and suspense.  It even contains a little romance.  I stayed up late the last few nights reading this because it was hard to put down.  After I finished the book last night, it took me awhile to process it before I could go to sleep.  There are many layers to the story.

I received this book free from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.  These opinions are my own.