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All Summer Long: A San Francisco Romance (Follow Your Heart Series #2)

Melody Carlson, Melody Carlson
All Summer Long: A San Francisco Romance (Follow Your Heart Series #2)

All Summer Long is the second book in Melody Carlson's Follow Your Heart SeriesTia 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 rec... Read More


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All Summer Long is the second book in Melody Carlson's Follow Your Heart Series

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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 17, 2016
  • UPC: 9780800723583
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 315
  • Publish Date: Jun 7, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC027020"
  • ISBN: 0800723589

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Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 10/18/2016
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You can always count on Melody Carlson taking you to unusual places and circumstances in her novels. And that's what I love about them! When I get one of her books in my hands I instantly think where are we going and what will we be doing?

This time around we travel to San Francisco with Tia D'Amico. Tia has been working in her family restaurant for years and is dying to break out of her shell. She loves her family but after culinary school she is wanting to spread her wings and fly. As it turns out her aunt has purchased a luxury yacht and wants to turn it into a very upscale floating restaurant. She needs a chef and Tia is thrilled to join her from the ground floor up.

Of course it wouldn't be a Melody Carlson novel without a bit of romance thrown in. Many years ago Tia had come out to San Francisco to attend a sailing camp. She was shy and awkward as many teens are. But she met a boy at this camp named Leo who was kind and seemed to look beyond her awkwardness. Tia had wondered what happened to him over the years but the two had just gone their separate ways.

Imagine Tia's delight when she finds out that the Leo of her young dreams is to be the captain of the ship. This is shaping up to be a wonderful new adventure, that is until Tia meets the other woman in Leo's life. In other stories it would be over and time to move on. But Melody's stories not only contain romance they also tend to incorporate a bit of intrigue as well. And that's the part that makes the story come alive.

If you enjoy houseboats and yacht and lots of delicious food you need to pick this book up. It is a nice little escape from the ordinary (unless you live on a houseboat). I think you'll find the characters to be authentic and likable and the setting is one we all dream about.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Heartwarming - holds a charm unlike so many modern novels by Vera on 6/25/2016
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This is a light, sweet read. So pull up a chair on the porch or at the beach or wherever you're retreating, and relax. All Summer Long moves gently through the renovation of an old yacht basking in the sun and breezes of San Francisco and the Bay. Nearby are the fabled houseboats of Sausalito and the male lead lives on one he inherited.

Having visited San Francisco several times and enjoyed the many captivating views of the City, the Bay, and the quaintness of Sausalito, I looked forward to a story set in those environs. I was not disappointed. I've seen scenes across the bay at night and in the fog and when the sun glistened on the water. I've felt the wonderful breeze. So when these were described, I felt I was there.

This is a heartwarming story that holds a charm unlike so many modern novels. Uplifting in that the main characters are people of faith and not afraid to voice their desire to pray. I love the scenes where the young folks gather on deck for gatherings around the firepit, singing and playing varied musical instruments.

This is a story that while mainly about young adults is a good read for teens, young adults, and the rest of us who have a few more years on us. A safe, clean read.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher, Revell, to facilitate this
review. I was not compensated for the review and opinions are my own, alone.

Sweet Summertime Read by Sydney on 6/17/2016
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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.

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.**

I Found My Heart in San Francisco by Becky on 6/8/2016
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One day Tia is making ravioli in her family's restaurant in the Pacific Northwest, the next, she is in San Francisco as the chef for dinner cruises on a small yacht owned by her aunt and uncle. Shortly after arriving, Julie finds some of her duties will also include renovating the yacht. This work also causes Tia to work closely with Leo, the captain of the yacht.

Leo and Tia have a history together. Ten years earlier, when Tia was sixteen, the two of them attended a camp together. That is when Leo gave Tia her very first kiss. Tia doesn't know if Leo remembers, but Tia has never forgotten it.

Leo has grown up to be a great guy, but he is also recently engaged. His fiancée is Leo's total opposite, and many wonder how the two will handle that. Tia finds herself uncomfortably possessing knowledge that could ruin the couple's relationship. The situation is even more complicated by the fact that Tia finds herself developing feelings for Leo. However, Tia's sense of right and wrong won't allow herself to get involved with someone who is engaged.

This is a light, fun story that would be perfect for a summer read. The story drew me in, and I really enjoyed the descriptions of all the dishes that Tia makes. It made me wish a dinner cruise with a chef like her really existed. I also appreciated that Tia had a strong sense of ethics, and the story was told from a Christian standpoint. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys sweet romances.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of All Summer Long, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Good Contemporary Christian Romance Fiction by Ann on 6/2/2016
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Melody Carlson is a good writer, and ALL SUMMER LONG provides a simple romance story which is an easy read. Tia is a wonderful chef who goes to San Francisco to help turn her aunt's yacht into a restaurant. Surprisingly, her first kiss guy from her teen years is the captain. All seems heavenly until she finds out he is engaged. Tia and Leo still get along wonderfully, but why has he chosen an engagement to Natalie, a woman whom has such different interests?

It is basically a good read, but part of the resolution involving Natalie seemed a bit too simplistic and unrealistic. That does not alter that it is an enjoyable book, and I recommend it to Christian romance readers.
I received this book from the publisher for this review.

All Summer Long by Linda on 5/27/2016
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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?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tia is a chef that has been working in the family's Italian restaurant since she finished chef schooling. She's never really had a social life and has never been what you would call a girly girl. She is super excited about the chance to fix up the yacht into a floating restaurant. When she arrives her uncle is in the hospital with a heart attack and she is met at the airport by the Captain of the yacht. None other that Leo Parker. The boy she had a crush on when she was 16 years old. The only problem is that he just got engaged.

This book is the journey that Tia and Leo take to get the yacht up and running. Plus their personal journey to get together. It was a simple story but and enjoyable one. The ending was wrapped up rather quickly once Leo and Tia got together. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's a nice summer beach read.

I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.


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