Under the Summer Sky is the long awaited, stand-alone sequel to Lori Copeland's Love Blooms in Winter. I loved revisiting Tom, Mae and Miss Pauline, but also meeting Jones and Trinity. This book makes an excellent sequel and stands up wonderfully by itself as well.
Full of humorous situations and plenty of action, and great characters that bring the lovely Dakotas to life. The characters in this series are some of the most fun and entertaining of any of Ms. Copeland's books.
Overall, Under the Summer Sky is a wild ride full of laughs, and plenty of action! I loved how the characters interacted and played off of each other, keeping me smiling and fully engaged the entire time! A book that that I enjoyed 110%!
This book is crazy, shocking, hilarious, and really good! It is one of those books that I love the most, because it grabs your attention with the first few sentences and drags you into the story. So many things happen right when you aren't expecting them, and the back cover only skims the top. Under the Summer Sky is a great book when your in the mood to laugh. Filled with hilarious circumstances, it kept me on my toes wondering what could possibly happen to these two next! I love the characters and the way Lori writes. While some of it is just SO crazy; everything was really enjoyable! The only problem I have with the book is actually the cover. (Some of you that may have read my other reviews will already now that I can be picky on this subject, but...) I don't understand why they didn't make the female actress a red head like the character in the book, but I digress. This is a wonderful, lighthearted, adventure! A really cute book!
My songs are: "From this Moment On" by Shania Twain, "Shall We Gather At The River? (Album Version)" by Randy Travis, and "To God Be The Glory" by Studio Musicians
Trinity Rose Franklin has returned to Piedmont, South Dakota following the death of her brother, her last family member. At just nineteen, she is alone in the world, or so she thinks. Her aim in returning is to sell the family farm to the railroad so she can return to her life in Sioux Falls, but a bunch of ruffians, a trip down a waterfall in a barrel, a plague of grasshoppers and a crusty old-timer change her plans.
Penniless, she heads to Dwaldo, South Dakota, where her aged great-aunt might still be living. She finds a friend in Meg, in the town store, who knows her great-aunt, who is still alive at 94, but a bit under the weather some days. Meg also suggests somewhere for Trinity to stay, and introduces her to JonesÃ¢â¬âcoincidentally, the man who sent her over the waterfall in that barrel.
Under the Summer Sky had a great opening hook with the initial meeting of Trinity and Jones, but the next few chapters felt a bit convoluted as the author manipulated her characters. However, everyone was in Dwadlo and we were introduced to the key characters, the plot settled into itself, revealing a well-crafted plot, well-established and likeable characters, and two rather sweet romances.
This is the second book in the Dakota Diaries series, the sequel to Love Blooms in Winter. The reader was provided with sufficient back story to understand the plot without being bogged down in unnecessary detail or retelling of what came in the first book. At the same time, the story reads well as a stand-alone story. Enjoyable.
Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
What kind of man stuffs a lady in a barrel and sends her over the rapids? A man who is trying to keep a lady out of danger that's who! That's just how this book starts out, with Trinity Franklin being stuffed into a barrel by a strange man, she has no clue why, and he has no clue that she can't swim, and to add insult to injury she doesn't realize that she has lost her skirt in the water and has on only her bloomers! The man who does this to Trinity goes by the name Jones, and it turns out that they are headed the same direction. What sort of relationship will they build as they decide to travel together?
Ms. Copeland certainly knew how to capture my attention with this one. I found myself laughing out loud on more than a few occasions, but also found myself enjoying the slow building relationship between the two main characters, and while I felt like I knew what would happen between the pair, I really enjoyed watching them get there. Several secondary characters not only keep the story interesting but keep it moving along quite briskly as well. As a historical inspirational fiction fan, that also enjoys a nice romance I found this book quite enjoyable. While it is the second book in The Dakota Diaries series it can be read as a stand alone work, although if your a fan of fun historical fiction your probably going to enjoy the first book as well, I know I did.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
A reunion of of Dear Friends that we met in Lori Copeland's first book in this Dakota Series, Love Blooms In Winter. There are many chuckles also in this book. The enchanting Ms Lil is back with her earthy pig smell, and back firing motorcycle!
This is Trinity and Jones story, and their meeting is very memorable. He stuffs Trinity in a barrel that ends up going over a water fall?? She doesn't have really good feelings about him.
We end up back in Dwadlo ND, and reuniting with Mae and Tom, and also 94 year old Pauline. Without giving a lot away we have a love story to cherish with Pauline and Benjamin....so sweet.
We see how the town is progressing since the runaway train took out most of it. Tom is helping to build some housing for the elderly, very progressive. Of course the railroad is footing most of the rebuilding. We have a nice visit also with some of the other members of this town.
Be ready for some fun again with Lil, and watch a bit of her transformation? Well, maybe not! This is a fun and enjoyable read! Enjoy!
I received this book from First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.