I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book to start with. It took me a few chapters to be able to see through how much I really didn’t like the antagonist and was annoyed by her, before I could actually get into the plot of this book.
Granted, contemporary romance isn’t typically my favourite genre, so you’ll have to take my words with a bit of a grain of salt, I suppose. I prefer historical fiction and Westerns, and so this was a bit of a one-off. I picked this book because it’s set in Savannah, Georgia. A few years ago, I went to Savannah for a week on vacation and I honestly think I left a piece of my heart there. It’s SO beautiful, and idyllic, and replete with absolutely stereotypical Southern charm — plus, the history is rich (and I’m a nerd like that), they have pirate stories, and they have dolphins. I was hoping to be brought back to my Savannah trip with this book. And in many ways, I was. If you’ve been to Savannah, this book will bring back memories. If you’ve never been, I suspect it will make you want to (and I highly recommend that you do).
But I digress.
Once I got past how much I disliked the antagonist (though, to be fair, she’s set up instantly to be disliked, which is usually the point of having an antagonist — so Melody Carlson hit her mark on that one) I did really enjoy the book. I read it very quickly, which is also not typical of me — but I wanted to find out how it ended.
By the time I got to the end, the only real criticism (and that’s too strong of a word, I think) I had left for this book was that I think it came to a conclusion too rapidly. Another 10-20 pages could have drawn some of the details together a bit better without feeling like the book came to a crashing halt. I remember getting to the last chapter, and realizing that the book was 20 pages shorter than I’d initially though because there’s a preview to another book at the back, and realizing that there was no way all the details could be tied up to my liking in like 8 pages. I suppose it’s a compliment if you just don’t want the book to end and it’s come to that inevitable point too soon, right?
At any rate, here’s the press material for “Under a Summer Sky” by Melody Carlson, which I recommend if you’re looking for a light, quick, airy, summer romance novel:
High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn’t long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who’s determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole’s close childhood friends–who also happen to be brothers–vying for her attention.
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.
I see as I look at Amazon for the press material that Melody Carlson has a line of historical fiction as well — that’s where my heart loves to read, so I wonder — has anyone read any of her historical fiction novels? Do you have any to add to my gigantic ‘to be read’ pile?
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.