Sunday, June 11, 2017

Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson

Series: Follow Your Heart # 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Released: June 6, 2017
320 pages

About the Book:

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.
With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟  (3 stars)

“Just because a path feels easy does not make it the best path.”
Nicole is expecting to spend her summer break from teaching painting, but an unexpected invite to manage an old family friend’s art gallery turns her world upside down. She suddenly finds herself travelling from Seattle to Savannah, learning the gallery world, dealing with a testy co-worker, reconnecting with brothers Alex & Ryan, and mentoring the teenage daughter of one of the brothers. She is definitely outside of her comfort zone. How will she handle the challenges that come her way and can she follow her heart?
I thought a lot of expectations were placed on Nicole without much explanation, but she was a trooper and handled everything nicely. Nicole grew throughout the book, at the beginning she was letting people tell her what to do but by the end she was able to stand up for herself and go after what she wanted (while still being nice).
As she is reconnecting with the two brothers, one she had crush on and one she thought was a nerd, she begins to see them in a different light than she did when she was younger. Feelings develop for one but nothing can happen because of current circumstances or are things really as they appear?
This was an enjoyable read set in a beautiful town. There were moments of lighthearted entertainment and moments where I wanted to give some characters a shake. The teenage daughter definitely added some flare. There was one brother I liked so much more than the other. I especially enjoyed the scenes between Nicole and the brother I liked. The ending frustrated; as much as I was pleased with the way last scene played out I found the ending to be very abrupt. I would have liked to have more closure, such as what happens with Nicole and the gallery?
Savannah was already on my “I want to visit someday” list, but thanks to such beautiful descriptions given of the gardens and the architecture it has now moved further up my priority list.
“Being here with him, looking out at the river and the paddle-wheel boats, waiting for the fireworks . . . it all felt almost heavenly. So much so she never wanted this evening to end.”
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley; opinions expressed
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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