Thursday, August 3, 2023

Review: Summer in the Spotlight by Liz Johnson

Series: Prince Edward Island Shores #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell 
Released: August 8, 2023
368 pages
About the Book:

A hurricane may have destroyed her livelihood on Prince Edward Island, but she's determined to save her community

Kelsey Ahern has performed at the Victoria Playhouse on Prince Edward Island every summer since she was seven. But when a hurricane destroys the building, it's not just her memories that are in jeopardy. Her future as a teacher and drama coach are too. She teams up with Levi Ross, the facilities director at the high school, to produce a benefit show to raise money to rebuild the theater. He has a reputation for being able to fix anything, and Kelsey is sure there's more to the quiet man than meets the eye.

For his part, Levi has admired Kelsey for years, but he can't seem to find the words to tell her. When a popular weatherman arrives in town to cover the aftermath of the hurricane and takes an interest in Kelsey and her show, Levi realizes that the time has come to speak up--or lose the heart of the woman he longs for.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I was so excited to return to the island of PEI and spend more time with Ross family, in particular Levi. He is the youngest brother and very quiet but will do anything for those he loves. Kelsey and Levi have known each other since they were teens but were not really friends. A storm forces them together and they get to know each other a bit better. Through circumstances, they begin working together on Kelsey's project to save the town playhouse. I loved how Kelsey fought for what she believed in, and Levi worked hard to support her. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and watching their relationship develop. I do think Levi needed to speak a bit more at various times, but I could understand why he was so quiet. I loved how he mentored Dustin. I got very annoyed with a certain character and couldn't believe that they would back out at the last minute. When you've made a commitment, stick to it! I was so proud of Levi when he stood his ground and spoke up to another character. It showed just how much he loved those around him. It was fun to spend more time with the whole family, I loved that Eli and Oliver were actively involved in this story. I fully enjoyed the slow romance build-up, and it wrapped up nicely for the whole family we have gotten to know through this series.

Favourite Quotes: 
“Love isn't love because it's earned. Love is love because it's a choice.”

“We do hard things for the people we love.”

(I recieved an ARC of this book from Revell through NetGalley; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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