Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Anna Gordon has bigger dreams than managing the small inn in her hometown. So when she hears of a new chic hotel in downtown New York, so flies east to interview for the head manager. She is soon disappointed to discover that a childhood crush has instead been hired for that role, but she accepts another position as head housekeeper, throwing herself into her new job with excited zeal. Sean O’Neil is intrigued by the passionate girl he remembers from childhood and works to discover more about her every chance that he can. But their blooming friendship is frowned upon by the hotel’s strict rules and may result in either termination of a job or their newfound relationship.

This novel is entirely too predictable to be very enjoyable. The plot is tired and boring with its smattering of too-perfect characters and rushed romances. The entire story is, in fact, quite forgettable. It was difficult to connect with any of the characters since none of them had much depth or complexity. The plot did flow relatively easily and the descriptions of New York in the summertime were fun to read. It certainly is not a difficult novel to get through and may be more suitable for those looking for a light summer read.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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