Art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to an adventurous summer in the beautiful southern town of Savannah, Georgia, after being asked to house sit and gallery watch for a close family friend. What she didn't bargain for was a competitive, rude co-worker, a lonely teenage girl with hopes of making Nicole her second mom, or two brothers from her childhood in pursuit of a courtship! This lighthearted romance follows Nicole's summer journey as she overcomes her own insecurities to establish herself at the gallery, mentors young Bernice, and tries to keep the peace between the two competing brothers.
My biggest draw to this title was the setting in Savannah. As a southerner myself, my family has vacationed in Savannah and Tybee Island for decades, so I was particularly sentimental about the location and all of the unique details Carlson included. I also enjoyed the wide spectrum of characters- Carlson's depiction of Amyra as "Vampira" was fitting, Nicole's insecurities about running the gallery were felt by the reader, and Alex and Ryan's competing attempts to woo her were amusing. Although I would have liked to see more development into the romance between Nicole and the brother she ultimately chose- it seemed that the relationship went from "I'm hoping for a romance" to "I love you" within just a few pages. Overall, I would peg Under a Summer Sky as a light and easy read especially suited to teenagers.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review.
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. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.