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Book Review: All Summer Long

I try to eat light in the summertime, try to dress in lighter clothing, try to keep my makeup on the light side (well, that’s a lot of the year). Light reading is another thing I go for when the days get long. The second in the Follow Your Heart series by Melody Carlson fits the bill perfectly: All Summer Long – A San Francisco Romance.

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The publisher’s blurb:

Tia Gets a Second Chance at Love When an Old Crush Suddenly Reappears

Tia D’Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What’s not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, upscale wedding receptions–the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco–especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When the self same Leo Parker turns out to be the yacht’s captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the bay at sunset.

What did I think of the book?

As I said, it’s a great book to pop in your beach bag or bring poolside. It’s an easy read, and one that you wouldn’t worry about handing to your 13 year old cousin to read after you’ve finished with it.

It does seem a bit questionable that, after nine years, both Tia and Leo recognize each other right away, and that Tia seems to expect Leo to have feelings for her after he kissed her just one time when they were 16. Then she is devastated that he is engaged – to an absolutely perfect, drop-dead gorgeous rich girl. From then on, it seemed every chapter ended with Tia berating herself for liking Leo, and resolving Once Again to distance herself from him, which never happens.

The story is semi-predictable, but that’s fine. At times it seemed like I was reading bits of a travel blog; I swear, I could find places in San Francisco now just from this book! I have no problem with that, just sometimes it seemed a bit much. And yes, there were times I just wanted to throw some linguine at Tia. But, for all that, I did have fun reading All Summer Long. It’s perfect for a pick-up story when you can only read a chapter at a time, or for a book you might read when there are distractions (like the pool!), because it’s really easy to get back into.



**I was sent this copy from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**


Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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