Tia D’Amico is excited to move from her job as chef in the family’s Italian restaurant to join her aunt in San Francisco and start a new business as head chef of a restaurant on an old boat. But a health condition puts her uncle in the hospital and forces her to work with Leo Parker, the captain of the new restaurant, and a man that Tia met at sailing club ten years ago. Tia is disappointed, however, to learn that her long-ago crush is engaged to someone else, putting another damper on her summer. As Tia and Leo work together to create a beautiful boat to fulfill her aunt’s dream, romance may yet fill the sea air.
Melody Carlson usually writes sweet stories with great spiritual truths. This book deviates a bit from her usual pattern and focuses more on the romance between the characters and the love triangle than the growth and development of the spiritual lives of the individuals. I thought the characters acted a little immature for their age; however, I did like them. Tia was loyal to her family and willing to help out with nearly anything for them and Leo had a big heart as well, although he was a little harder to connect with during the story. The romance is quite shallow and moves along at an alarming rate but the overall the story is a nice light summer read.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.