All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Reads, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.

All Summer Long is Book 2 in the series Follow Your Heart by Melody Carlson and is a San Francisco Romance.  In this story, twenty-six-year-old Tia D’Amico is a chef working for her Uncle Tony in his Italian restaurant in her hometown of Norton, Washington.  She’s starting to feel like the exciting career she envisioned for herself has turned into a monotonous cycle of making pasta: ravioli, lasagna, fettuccine, tortellini, rigatoni, cannelloni, and so on.  When her Aunt Julie calls her from San Francisco and asks her to come and help renovate a 62-foot luxury yacht, the Pacific Pearl, into a dinner cruise ship, she leaps at the chance.  What she doesn’t realize is that her crush from summer sailing camp 10 years earlier, Leo, is now a fully qualified captain and will be underfoot helping to refurbish the sailing parts of the ship.  Which would be fine if he hadn’t just got engaged that very day to a spoiled heiress  who gets seasick if she even sets foot on a houseboat.  Even worse, Julie’s husband, Roland, has a heart attack just before Tia arrives in San Francisco, and the two young people are on their own.

There is lots of excitement as Tia and Leo begin ripping out wallpaper, designing a new kitchen, supervising a crew to rip out staterooms and flooring, and ordering appliances that will fit down the companionway.  Not the least of which, is that Leo’s fiancé, Natalie, has decided Tia will be her new best friend and Leo’s best man, Jake, is fast developing a crush on Tia.  Between keeping secrets, avoiding misconceptions, encouraging Julie and Roland, engagement parties, and getting the yacht transformed, Tia’s life has become very complicated and trying to live up to her Christian principles and stay just friends with both Leo and Natalie.
This was an extremely enjoyable book for me as I love decorating and love boats.  It was a fast read and a very light romance by Melody Carson.  Great summer reading!  * * * *


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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