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Nicole Anderson is a high school art teacher planning to relax for the summer while she house sits and manages an art gallery for the summer in Savannah, Georgia, for her dear friends the Grahams. The Grahams sons have a crush on her. An employee at the gallery wants her gone. She tries to become friends with the teenager staying in the attic. So much for a restful summer she anticipated.
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Follow Your Heart
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!
Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Out from UnderJuly 19, 2017kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Not sure how this story falls under the perimeters of a Christian novel. Ryan's quick lunch-time silent prayer didn't cover obvious hurdles of working on Sunday, no mention of faith, and or lack of seeking God to fix some very misguided lives. That aside which character is likable? Alex, Lori, and Amyra are first class jerks. Ryan is clueless. Bernice is oppressed. Nicole is lost 85% of the time. Fin and Camille's cameo was the only perk for me. Ryan and Nicole end up declaring love based on a childhood memory - not the stuff of permanence and Alex takes a toddler step toward maturity. But that doesn't equate a good read.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5A Light Romantic Summer ReadJuly 3, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Under a Summer Sky was a breezy little romance that takes Nicole Anderson from the comforts of her Seattle life to Savannah, Georgia for a memorable summer that will change her life. Nicole feels a bit stuck in her life; she is a teacher who has lost her touch, she is a woman closing in on 30 nursing a broken heart and dreams as well. Then an opportunity opens up for her to manage an art gallery for her mother's longtime friend in Georgia. Not only will she get to manage the art gallery, but she will also have time to pick up her painting, and to top it all off, she gets to house-sit in a beautiful renovated mansion.
I knew I was going to enjoy this novel as it has a little bit of a love triangle. She gets to meet up with her once upon a time childhood crush Alex (who unfortunately is in the middle of a divorce), and his brother, Ryan (who was a bit nerdy and had a crush on her). I knew things were going to get interesting. Throw in an assistant with the nickname Vampira, a house that goes bump in the night, or maybe its ghosts, and the deep, rich atmosphere of Savannah, Georgia itself and you have the makings of fun read.
This is a third in the series called Follow Your Heart and it is my favorite one. The stories are not linked to each other, just all about young women stepping out of their comfort zones to find and pursue new dreams and the romance that just seems to follow.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and all the views and opinions expressed are my own.
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Pack Under A Summer Sky for Your Vacation Reading!July 2, 2017MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melody Carlson is a writer for all seasons. Under A Summer Sky is a wonderful addition for summer reading. Travel first class to Savanna this Summer! Vicariously, of course with Nicole Anderson, who leaves her Seattle home to manage an art gallery for an old family friend. The gallery is owned by Vivian Graham, her mother's best friend through school. While growing up, summer vacations were often spent with the Graham family. Nicole and her sister Kate spent a lot of time with the sons Alex and Ryan.
Arriving in Savanna, Nicole finds she is one step ahead of her old life as a high school art teacher. Staying in the Graham home for the summer home is a dream and when she steps into the gallery she feels like she has stepped into her true calling. Except, of course, for her snarky coworker, Amyra, an unhappy woman who seems willing to go the extra mile to make things unpleasant. Determined to make things work, Nicole maintains a positive attitude under pressure and begins to find her niche in the gallery business. It doesn't take long for her to put her own successful stamp on the business.
Nicole presents a positive impact on a situation that could be tough. I found her character admirable. About the second night of her stay she heard unmistakable noises from the attic. She called on Ryan to help her investigate only to find Alex's daughter Bernie camping out in protest to her parents pending divorce. With great aplomb, our heroine embraces the girl in a positive way by allowing her to stay in the home and mentoring her at the gallery. The way the author characterized Nicole makes her such a good role model for the other young women in the story.
As a single woman, of course there is romance for Nicole and I went back and forth on who I wanted her to choose in the end. The handsome Alex, who she secretly had a crush on as a teen or younger brother Ryan, the former nerd, who may be more than meets the eye. Melody Carlson once again played this well and I liked the ending very much.
Savanna in the summer, romance, patience and finding your true calling are woven together in this wonderful summer novel. I recommend it as an addition to any beach bag or perhaps in that carry on bag you'll stow under your seat as you fly away for your summer vacation!
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5From summer romance, to ghost tours and unexpected fireworks, this is a novel you don't want to miss!June 26, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Growing up, I had a boy that lived next door to us and our families were the very best of friends. The kind you plan vacations together and then at some point, you see that boy next door as something else besides just your childhood friend. Perhaps a future romance?
In Under A Summer Sky by Melody Carlson, Nicole Anderson is searching for something to inspire a bit of creativity in her lesson plans as a high school art teacher in Seattle. Her mother has the perfect idea and with just a weekend to plan for it, they take an unexpected shopping trip to prepare for her summer job. Vivian Graham is taking a three month world cruise with her husband and has offered a manager position at her art gallery in Savannah, Georgia. She believes that Nicole has just what this shop needs in order to run it, despite the looming presence of Amyra, the employee just about everyone in the Graham family despises. She believes since Vivian will be gone, the job of managing the art galley belongs to her and it's just a matter of time before she sends Nicole packing.
Vivian has offered Nicole the luxury of staying in their palatial Southern home in her absence along with the keys to her SUV to lend her the opportunity to transport any art pieces as needed. She has also placed an order for business cards for Nicole as manager, but she fails to let Amyra in on that little detail. Not to mention that the Grahams are long time friends of the Anderson's, she now learns that Alex, the most handsome of the brothers, whom she had a crush on, is now newly divorced with a teenage daughter as well as Ryan, the youngest brother who has just ended a relationship with Amyra and seems to be in a potential engagement to the town's sweetheart Cassidy. One thing is certain, this summer won't be boring in the least!
I received Under A Summer Sky by Melody Carlson compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. This is such a sweet summer romance, coupled with two very different eligible men who fancy Nicole's attention along with the rocky relationship she has with Amyra who has her target set on Nicole for the job at the Graham Gallery. With moss lined trees and ghost tours, the Savannah southern charm is bound to get readers in the mood for some southern romance. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars because it is one I could relate to from my early childhood and this one keeps you longing for those southern summer nights complete with fireworks aplenty. This is the third novel in the Follow Your Heart series with Once Upon A Summertime and All Summer Long preceding this one. Available in paperback and eBook formats.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet RomanceJune 24, 2017KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this story!!
Melody Carlson has released the 3 installment, Under a Summer Sky, in the Follow Your Heart series. This story sweeps the reader from Washington state to Savannah, Georgia. We are introduced to the enchanting Nicole Anderson who is a high school art teacher preparing for summer break when an opportunity to spend the summer in the historical town of Savannah. As a child growing up Nicole spent summer vacations with her mother's childhood friend, Vivian Graham, and her family. Parts of it she remember fondly, but other parts were almost unbearable. This opportunity involves house sitting for Vivian and helping out at her art gallery while she is on a world cruise.
Her arrival is met with the first surprise, Vivian's oldest son was in the middle of a divorce and now lived on the estate. What she remembers of Alex is not really pleasant. He was a good looking boy, but his personality showed him to be a bully and guess what? He hasn't changed much. One big difference is that he is now the father of a teen aged daughter. Surprise number two is that Vivian doesn't just want her to help out in the gallery, but to actually manage it with the help of her assistant, Amyra. Of course no one told Amyra of the Nicole's arrival or what her role at the gallery would be. Another surprise would be Vivian's son Ryan that she remembered had a crush on her when they were younger. All Nicole can think is what a summer this has turned out to be, nothing as she had anticipated.
The is a sweet story. I found the characters captivating. Nicole was so sweet and tried to do what was expected of her as a friend and employee. With each challenge thrown her way she shows her strength of character. She is intrigued with the history and architecture of the city. She tries to acclimate to southern living. I just loved her. Alex was appealing until his true character became obvious with how he dealt with Ryan and his daughter.
I would recommend anyone who loves a good, clean romance with a few twists.
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.