All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

All Summer Long book cover

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.


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