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.
The Red Door Inn is an intriguing story of courage, love, forgiveness, and tenacity set on an idyllic island. Liz Johnson’s writing creates a yearning in me to visit Prince Edward Island and stay in a bed-and-breakfast. The small-town atmosphere and hospitality in the novel keep the story moving and help the characters confront their personal problems and take action.
Marie Carrington is broke and alone when she meets Jack Sloane, an older gentleman who sees her need and offers her a job and a place to stay at his bed-and-breakfast that is still under construction. Marie is terrified of Jack’s nephew Seth, who is helping Jack restore the B and B. Seth Sloane has just been jilted by his fiancé, who also robbed him of his own business and drained his bank accounts.
Johnson weaves together so many lives in this book that it’s no wonder this is only the beginning of a series she calls Prince Edward Island Dreams. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next installment in this fascinating series.