All Summer Long

All Summer LongAll Summer Long by Melody Carlson
Series: Follow Your Heart
Genres: Chick-Lit, Romance
Published by Revell on June 7, 2016
Pages: 320

 

About All Summer Long (from the back cover):
She’s ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn’t expect is an old flame. 

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, posh 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 Leo Parker himself 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.

I really love the depth and variety that Melody Carlson commands, and have been a long time reader of her books.  When I picked up All Summer Long, I was hoping for a well written bubbly romance laced with thought-provoking subplot. This is something that Carlson does extremely well.  Unfortunately, I found only the first part of that pairing in this story.

The main characters Tia and Leo are likable, but as I read I found myself continually more interested in the secondary characters, than either of them.

The main characters Tia and Leo are likable, but as I read I found myself continually more interested in the secondary characters, than either of them.  I wanted to know more about Tia’s Aunt Julie who had the idea to start a charter boat/restaurant, and how she was handling the fact that her husband Roland, had a heart attack right as they started this project.  Leo’s fiancé Natalie, who Tia meets day one of her time in San Francisco, is a “hot mess” but because she is, she’s fascinating.   Coming from a wealthy family,  Natalie seems to have her whole live plotted out: she graduated from Stanford Law, is working at the family firm, and now has Leo to plan her happily ever after with. What more could a girl want?

The romantic plot itself reminds me of some of the more charming chick-flick movies.

The romantic plot itself reminds me of some of the more charming chick-flick movies; girl falls for taken guy and struggles with feelings until some event shows the guy he’s with the wrong girl. Then, it’s only a question of will he wake up to this fact or not.   And like those chick-flicks, it’s a little cloying at times, and slower than I like my reads to be.

On the bright side, Carlson does a fantastic job of creating San Francisco as a back drop to the tale.

On the bright side, Carlson does a fantastic job of creating San Francisco as a back drop to the tale. From Golden Gate Park, to a charming houseboat, to the marina where the Pacific Pearl is docked readers will feel like they’ve had a mini tour of the city’s charming spots.

All Summer Long will definitely do well for someone looking for a fluffy summer read, but it’s not a favorite of mine.

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