Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Under a Summer Sky

Under Summer Sky
UNDER A SUMMER SKY
Follow Your Heart, Book 3
by
Melody Carlson
  Genre: Contemporary Romance / Christian / Inspirational
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: June 6, 2017
Number of Pages: 320
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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 her childhood friends—who also happen to be brothers—vying for her attention.

With the backdrop of a gorgeous 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 you to spend the summer surrounded by splendor . . . and tantalizing possibilities.

PRAISE FOR THE FOLLOW YOUR HEART SERIES:
“Heartwarming and uplifting.”Library Journal on Once Upon a Summertime 

“Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining.”Radiant Lit on Once Upon a Summertime
“This winsome romance [is] a perfect summer read.”Publishers Weekly on All Summer Long
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I’m a southern girl at heart, so I confess that I am drawn to stories set in the South – particularly Savannah and other coastal Carolina settings – so that was what initially piqued my interest in Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson. The story, however, is what drew me in – this is a light-hearted, easy read, picturesque in its descriptions, and the characters are well drawn. I particularly enjoyed the spunky Bernie, Vivian Graham’s granddaughter who shows up in a most unexpected way.
I think Nicole’s story would resonate with many – feeling stuck in a rut, and wanting a change. Having a new opportunity drop in your lap is a life saver, and for her, a life changer.  As a high school teacher, you know she’s no pushover, but she finds more resolve in dealing with the delightfully nasty Amyra and in connecting with and caring for the semi-abandoned young Bernie.
In the praise shown above, Publishers Weekly describes it as “winsome” and I think that is the perfect adjective for the book: sweetly or innocently charming and engaging. This is a sweet romance story.While the book is categorized as Christian, I didn’t find it heavily interwoven with faith or scripture or preaching of any sort. Prayers are said before meals, and there is just a general goodness – nothing racy so that you couldn’t pass on to Grandma to read. (Assuming yours isn’t like my Grams, who loved her Harlequin romances, but that’s another story.)
I admit, the trust that Vivian, the gallery owner, put in Nicole – despite that she was an old friend of Nicole’s mother – was pretty strong for someone she hadn’t seen in years, and the ending left me with a few questions unanswered, but it didn’t affect how I enjoyed the story. This was a fun novel, perfect for a summer read. Under a Summer Sky is the third book in the Follow Your Heart series but works well as a standalone book – and I’m looking forward to going back to read the first two in the series because this one was so charming.  (And if you enter the giveaway below, you have a chance to win all three books in her Follow Your Heart series!)
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon.
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Grand Prize:
Print copies of the three books in the Follow Your Heart series, Thanks You’re A Peach Tea Gift Tin,12×18 Savannah travel poster, & Georgia Peach Cookies Tin
1st Runner-UpFull series + $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
2nd Runner-UpFull Series + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
June 17-26, 2017
(U.S. Only)
Summer-Sky
CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
6/17
Excerpt 1
6/18
REVIEW
6/19
Guest Post
6/20
Author Interview
6/21
REVIEW
6/22
Excerpt 2
6/23
Scrapbook
6/24
REVIEW
6/25
Excerpt 3
6/26
REVIEW
   
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