Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the Book:

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises–not the least of which is Sean O’Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!

Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel.

My Review:

Are you looking for a light happy read for the summer? Look no further! This is the book. What it lacks in depth, it makes up in the cute storyline. Unrealistic? Yes. But sometimes we are looking for that. It reminded me of one of those happy, cheesy Hallmark movies with a feel good storyline. If that is what you are looking for, you will love this one.

Romance is light, but certainly a storyline woven throughout. There is nothing graphic included whatsoever, but I believe there is mention of drinking alcohol. It would be appropriate for younger teens, but since it is a little unrealistic, should accompany some discussion.

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