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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.
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5GreatOctober 25, 2017CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5~A dazzling, fashionable art gallery.
~An assistant with the well earned moniker "Vampira".
~Two handsome brothers.
~A confused teenager.
~One beautiful woman...
This cast of characters set in the memorable Savannah sun is a story that will keep you turning the pages.
'Under a Summer Sky' by Melody Carlson is a winner. Nicole Anderson is a classy, artistic woman who really comes into her own in this novel. A high school teacher approaching her tenure and completely stuck in a rut, Nicole is convinced by her mother to spend the summer at her wealthy friend's exotic home and manage her private art gallery.
Throughout this novel, Nicole undergoes a remarkable character journey as she leaves behind the old version of herself - a bored, uncertain woman floundering between the worlds of teenage dreams and adulthood.... and the confident, artistically thriving, successful woman she wants to be.
With her shoulders back and chin held high, Nicole fakes it until she makes it as she takes charge of her new set of circumstances and the people now in her sphere of influence. Not only does her artistic journey take an interesting turn, but Nicole finds herself face to face with two very promising suitors - a love from the past and a new player for her heart.
Under a Summer Sky is a well written telling of one woman's journey through a fascinating and complex summer in the romantic city of Savannah.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
hplady5 Stars Out Of 5Fun romanceAugust 13, 2017hpladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Under a Summer Sky
By Melody Carlson
Under a Summer Sky is a lighthearted summer romance that will make you smile. Melody Carlson has brought us characters with humor, love, and depth. I enjoyed the story of Nicole and how she discovers that the love she thought she wanted may have always been there.
A high school art teacher, Nicole is feeling tired and worn out, unsure where she wants her future to go from here. When her mom decides that she needs to spend the summer away at an old friend's house, Nicole thinks the plan is crazy. Her mom's friend wants her to run her art gallery while she is gone on a world cruise for the entire summer. Feeling overwhelmed and under qualified, she tries to beg off, only to find that she really is on her way to Savannah, Georgia for the summer. She will not only run the gallery, but watch the house for them also. Little did she know, their two grown sons that she has known for many years would be competing for her attention. Also, one of them, Alex, has a teenage daughter named Bernie that Nicole finds hiding in the attic. As she tries to maneuver the summer at the gallery and deal with both men, Bernie, and a disgruntled gallery employee, Nicole finds herself almost over her head. However, she also finds herself loving Savannah and possibly one of the brothers. Will she find true love? Will her summer bring her the romance she is looking for? It is a delightful and fun story that brings a smile.
I received a copy of this story for free from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
KavRCanadaGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Summer ReadJuly 31, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A breezy beach read that will put a smile on your face and a flutter in your heart. Carlson brings the ambiance of Savannah to life in this captivating summer romance. Decadent descriptions and intriguing facts made me feel like I'd actually traveled south and was experiencing this historical city first hand. I do so love a good armchair travel story!
Love the artistic backdrop too -- from the gallery to the architecture to the artist/art teacher heroine. I don't think there's enough of the Arts featured in Christian Fiction so this one fed my creative loving soul.
And while this might look like one of those dreaded love triangle stories -- it isn't really. Well, there are two guys but it was pretty clear to me from the start who was going to come out the winner. So this wasn't an angst-riddled read -- at least not on that front. Loved the sibling dynamics and the friction that brought to the story but Nicole handled it with class.
A heartwarming inspirational love story that's perfect for your next summer escape read.
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications.
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.