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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.
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.
Alannie MarshallRaleigh, NCAge: 18-24Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5A Little Rushed at the End, but Still a Good Summer ReadJune 19, 2017Alannie MarshallRaleigh, NCAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I recently finished reading Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson. This was a very enjoyable read, and I felt like I was on vacation while I was reading it! It was a great story, and all the characters were lovable. I especially found myself rooting for Nicole throughout the novel. However, with that being said, I did feel like the ending was jilted and short. It was almost as if a few more chapters were missing from the story. It gave a final impression of the book being rushed. However, I do still feel like it was a good novel, and I would recommend it if you're looking for a light, summer read. I received this book from the publisher, but I was in no way required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Ghosts, vacation, brothers want same person, and moreJune 16, 2017Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5This book is so full of surprises. A couple of siblings rivalry. From childhood vacations to adulthood Nicole and friend meet for years.. Nicole's Mom gets her friend to have Nicole houseset and manage gallery while friend goes on a cruise. Strange noises in attic bring Nicole and Bernice, a teenager, together. Restoring homes, ghosts, and two brothers competing for Nicole's attention at same time. Who will win? or will either? Read to find out. Savannah, a time of believing houses are haunted and ghost tours part of read. Dare you to get it. It will capture you.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun storyJune 15, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Under a Summer Sky, written by Melody Carlson, is book 3 in the Follow Your Heart series. Nicole Anderson is a high school art teacher who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and is feeling stuck in her job. Just before the end of the school year, her mother makes a visit to her classroom. Her mother has made arrangements for Nicole to go to Georgia and watch her friend Vivian's home and co-manage her art gallery while Nicole and her husband go on a long cruise. Nicole has just days to get everything ready.
Nicole and her family are friends with Vivian's family. They use to go on vacations together, so Nicole knows Vivian's boys. But they are all grown adults now and have not seen each other for years. Vivian's husband comes from old money and their home is beautiful and Nicole is looking forward to spending the summer there. What she does not expect is to find herself caring for Vivian's granddaughter as well.
Nicole has never worked in an art gallery before and finds herself struggling to work with Vivian's employee, Amyra. Amyra is an ex-girlfriend of one of Vivian's sons. Vivian's son's encourage Nicole to fire Amyra.
This is a great contemporary romance story. Set in the south, the story gives some background to the area as well as southern traditions. This is a fun book to read for enjoyment. This story can easily be read on a lazy weekend. Even though it is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. The story line and characters are well developed. The story of a summer romance as an adult seems different to me. As well as having a parent make your summer plans to start immediately after school is over, for the majority of the summer. This is not realistic to me. But overlooking that, it was a fun read. This is also considered a Christian fiction story. The Christian aspect of the story is very light. This is more a good clean romance story.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write an honest review.