All Summer Long (Follow Your Heart): A San Francisco Romance

All Summer Long (Follow Your Heart): A San Francisco Romance

by Melody Carlson

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Tia Gets a Second Chance at Love When an Old Crush Suddenly Reappears

Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, upscale wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When the self same Leo Parker turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the bay at sunset.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493404124
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Follow Your Heart , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 562,862
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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 romance Once Upon a Summertime. 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
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. 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

Customer Reviews

All Summer Long: A San Francisco Romance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
You can always count on Melody Carlson taking you to unusual places and circumstances in her novels. And that's what I love about them! When I get one of her books in my hands I instantly think where are we going and what will we be doing? This time around we travel to San Francisco with Tia D'Amico. Tia has been working in her family restaurant for years and is dying to break out of her shell. She loves her family but after culinary school she is wanting to spread her wings and fly. As it turns out her aunt has purchased a luxury yacht and wants to turn it into a very upscale floating restaurant. She needs a chef and Tia is thrilled to join her from the ground floor up. Of course it wouldn't be a Melody Carlson novel without a bit of romance thrown in. Many years ago Tia had come out to San Francisco to attend a sailing camp. She was shy and awkward as many teens are. But she met a boy at this camp named Leo who was kind and seemed to look beyond her awkwardness. Tia had wondered what happened to him over the years but the two had just gone their separate ways. Imagine Tia's delight when she finds out that the Leo of her young dreams is to be the captain of the ship. This is shaping up to be a wonderful new adventure, that is until Tia meets the other woman in Leo's life. In other stories it would be over and time to move on. But Melody's stories not only contain romance they also tend to incorporate a bit of intrigue as well. And that's the part that makes the story come alive. If you enjoy houseboats and yacht and lots of delicious food you need to pick this book up. It is a nice little escape from the ordinary (unless you live on a houseboat). I think you'll find the characters to be authentic and likable and the setting is one we all dream about. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Shivani2 More than 1 year ago
During the summer I was looking for a good summer romance, and this was definitely caught my eye. I had never read a book in which the main character would be cooking on a yacht. So the concept was something that was intriguing, and it followed through quite well throughout the book. I did enjoy the characters, they were all different in their own ways, but they occasionally slipped into cliche people once in a while. The author did a good job painting different tones towards each character so that the reader had strong connections and feelings towards each and everyone of the characters. The writing was easy to follow and read, which is why I read the book in a few short days. Being the age I am, I did think this book was aimed more as a middle grade book, but enjoyable for all ages nonetheless. Overall, it was an enticing book to read. I couldn’t put it down once I had started. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars While the friendship between Leo and Tia was definitely cute, their growing flirtation didn’t leave me all that swoony. I think I was largely distracted by being hung up on the idea that these are supposed to be college graduates but they still talk like they’re 14-15 years old. Instead of feeling like grown-ups, these characters, to me, came off as playing at “adulting”. And Tia, almost immediately out of the gate pining away for Leo. Seriously, girl? You’re that emotionally broken up to the point of shedding tears over a guy who gave you one quick kiss way back when you were 16?! Seems a bit dramatic. Bummed, sure, I can understand that. But heartbroken?! Girl needs to get centered in life. So I wasn’t too moved by the romance here, but the friendships and family dynamic was entertaining enough to keep me reading to the end (these books are pretty short anyway). I did like this addition to the Follow Your Heart series a good bit more than the first book, but I’m still not feeling quite enough heart in Carlson’s characters (at least for this series). She crafts fun settings for them to work and live in – an NYC boutique hotel in Book 1, a floating restaurant yacht in San Francisco Bay here – but something about her characterizations remains too flat for me. That being said, this one showed strong potential for the series to increasingly improve with each book, however many that ends up being. The first one I only gave 2.5 stars, this one got a 3.5 out of me. Anything 3.5 or higher from me I consider solid recommended reading territory :-)
Wilani More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. It was well written and I fell in love with Tia and Leo. The characters were well developed. The only negative complaint I had was the absence of a Christian thread that would make this a Christian Fiction book. It was clean however.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
ALL SUMMER LONG is another good summer romance story by master storyteller, Melody Carlson. Written in her trademark, innocent style, we have Tia, unsatisfied with her life in her "small" town where she works with her uncle in a restaurant. She is just thinking how unhappy she is when ring! A phone call comes and whirl, she has a makeover and is on a plane to San Francisco where an old flame meets her at the airport and romance flares. Except, he's engaged. To this really sweet girl that Tia actually likes. What I like? The story holds my interest. I like Tia, I like Leo, I like Judith, I like the setting, the boats, the premise, the bay... maybe it'd be easier to say what I don't like. :) Tia almost seems too naive. She is easily swept into deceit with the girlfriend. Easily forgets her uncle who might be dying in the hospital because she's on a date with a hot man. Everything is coming up all rosy and nothing seems to go seriously wrong. A bad thing happens and wave a magic wand, it is fixed. The story is also predicable. But this is Melody Carlson. And a reader knows what to expect with her. Sweet, heartwarming, uplifting, innocent stories about fulfilling dreams. And that is exactly what is delivered. I loved the story. At the same time, it annoyed me just a little. Kind of like a familiar, well-loved friend that you adore and yet you see its faults. That is what ALL SUMMER LONG is like. A best friend.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Wow, it is going to be a lot of fun.Tia D'Amiico is going to help her aunt in San Francisco make a restaurant out of an old yacht. She is hoping that it is going to be very exciting and glamorous. When she gets there she cannot believe that she sees the man that you used to like when she was younger. Leo Parker is now the captain of the yacht that her aunt is transforming. All is going great until she is told that he has a girlfriend. Will her summer be ruined? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and these are my opinions.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable romance. I did not want to put this book down. The characters were all likable. Tia gets a chance to be the head chef for her aunt on a dinner cruise. Tia and an old acquaintance, Leo, Who is going to be the captain on the yacht, are very good together. There are twists and turns in this relationship and they are well done. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson in her new book, “All Summer Long” Book Two in the Follow Your Heart series published by Revell brings us into the life of Tia D’Amico. From the back cover: She’s ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn’t expect is an old flame. Tia D’Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What’s not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions–the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco–especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp. When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht’s captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else? Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset. If you are a fan of “The Food Network” then I believe you will find this book enjoyable. If you are a fan of romance then I believe you will find this book enjoyable. Of course if you are a fan of Ms. Carlson then, for sure, this book is an absolute joy ride. A floating restaurant yacht, Tia is the Chef, Leo is the Captain and the sparks are going to fly. Ms. Carlson has given us a story not only of hopes and dreams but of fulfilling our purpose in life. On top of everything there is also the romance. Tia is such a remarkable character that we instantly feel that we have been friends with her our whole lives and we want what is best for her. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed. “All Summer Long” is an exciting adventure from start to finish. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
All Summer Long is the second book in the Follow Your Heart Series. I have not read the first book, Once Upon a Summertime, but didn’t feel that I needed to in order to enjoy this story. I had fun reading about Tia and her Italian family and found it hard to put the book down. Carlson kept my interest, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. All Summer Long is set in modern day San Francisco, California. Tia is an amazing chef and I found myself wishing I could eat some of the delicious meals she was making. Deciding she needs something different in her life she decides to go on an adventure. All Tia had ever wanted was to work in her family’s restaurant. Now that she’s been doing that for a long time, she wonders what else is out there. When her aunt calls with an opportunity to be a chef on a yacht in San Francisco, she jumps at the chance. Knowing it’s going to be a lot of work doesn’t dim her excitement a bit. When Leo, an acquaintance from the past ends up being the captain of her aunts’ boat, Tia feels that life can’t get much better. That is until she finds out that Leo isn’t single. Fighting her feelings is no easy battle, and Tia feels trapped. Not knowing what God’s plan is for her life makes Tia wonder just what He’s up to. Can Tia hand over the reigns of her life to the one who has her best interests at heart? Or will her Italian side take over? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Romance. It was interesting learning more about dinner cruises, yachts, and all that entails. This was a story that shows that the best is not always what’s right in front of you. That we need to make decisions for ourselves, not based on what others think is best for us. There is so much I want to tell you about this story, but don’t want to spoil anything. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
While armed with a culinary arts degree, Tia D’Amico is sick of making pasta. She feels stuck at her family’s restaurant. So it is exciting when her Aunt Julie offers her employment for her in-process upscale floating restaurant in San Francisco. Unfortunately, Julie’s husband, Roland, has a heart attack, so she stays at the hospital. Fortunately, Julie’s yacht captain is Leo Parker. Seeing him takes Tia back ten years. Happy memories float to the surface and are drowned when she learns Leo is engaged to a gorgeous lawyer and family friend named Natalie Morgan. Tia is miserable, though she tries to hide it. Not everyone cheers the Leo-Natalie pairing, but that’s no consolation when you already feel terrible yearning for someone who’s already spoken for. While this story reads as a standalone, it is the second in Carlson’s Follow Your Heart series. As far as contemporary romance fiction goes, it is charming. The characters are all likeable. Leo, as handsome as he is, is not perfect, though he seems close. And not only would Tia be five-star friend material based on her culinary skills alone, she’d also be the type of friend I’d want due to her down-to-earth attitude and no-nonsense thinking. Despite her high maintenance ways, Natalie would likely be a good friend as well. The setting is detailed, the characters well-rounded, and the plot flows. This Christian fiction story is sweet, but my overall interest in the story was lacking somewhat. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful contemporary romance! This is a totally stand-alone story. There are no characters that are the same from the first book and it takes place in a completely different location. I thoroughly enjoyed the character development in this story. Both Tia D’Amico and Leo Parker are multi-faceted. They are introduced and then their backgrounds and personalities are slowly presented. I really liked the fact that they begin as friends and a relationship builds from that point. The story about the boat that is being remodeled to be a dinner cruise ship on San Francisco bay is extremely interesting. There are enough details about the steps that have to be taken to really build the story around it. At the same time they don’t bog the story down in any way. Part of the charm for me in this book is that even while building the friendship between Tia and Leo they were also trying to remain in the boundaries of Leo’s existing engagement. The need to speak openly and honestly with people that you are in any type of relationship is really explored and I liked that a lot. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Melody Calson, and unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I expected. This is also the second book in the Follow Your Heart series, but the books can be read as standalones. I enjoyed the setting of this book, most of which takes place in San Francisco aboard a boat that is being renovated. Unfortunately it was the complicated romance plot that I did not enjoy. When Tia's aunt decides to turn an old yacht into a restaurant, Tia jumps at the chance to help out and become the head chef. But the day she arrives in town she discovers that the captain of the ship is the guy she met at sailing camp nine years ago. Just when Tia thinks they might be able to start something that never got to develop all those years ago, she learns that Leo is engaged. As they work together and become friends, it is hard for Tia to keep her emotions uninvolved. Leo and Tia hit it off from the moment they meet. Or I should say meet again. They instantly recognise each other and resume their friendship, and in Tia's case, crush. And this is where I had some issues, because Tia is absolutely devastated when she learns Leo is engaged, and really nine years ago they only seriously knew each other for one day! It seemed totally out of proportion. In fact, many of the characters' emotions are overblown and little things are made a big deal. I would have enjoyed this more if Tia and Leo were serious friends and had slowly lost touch, or maybe if there were a few flashbacks to validate how much they meant to each other all those years ago. Tia's emotions would have been more believable. As it was, the only time I agreed with Tia and her romantic ramblings was when she told herself she was being ridiculous!! Apart from her dramatic emotions, Tia was fairly relatable. At the start of the book, she still lives at home and her life hasn't developed in the ways she expected. She has devoted her life to her skills in the kitchen and her family, leaving her social life on the back burner. She and Leo are a good fit, but there is plenty of drama that comes from Leo's other relationship. Faith also plays a very small part in this book and, aside from a few mentions of prayer and the odd church attendance, faith did not seem to factor into the characters' decisions. I really enjoyed the story of the boat being restored, loved the details of the redesign and enjoyed the collection of friends Tia pulls around herself. I could clearly imagine the nights aboard as they gathered around the fire pit to share music and s'mores. Overall, this was a fun book with plenty of potential, but unfortunately the love story was not one that I enjoyed. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MysM More than 1 year ago
A Great Summer Read! I received a free copy of this book from Revell Reads, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. All Summer Long is Book 2 in the series Follow Your Heart by Melody Carlson and is a San Francisco Romance. In this story, twenty-six-year-old Tia D'Amico is a chef working for her Uncle Tony in his Italian restaurant in her hometown of Norton, Washington. She's starting to feel like the exciting career she envisioned for herself has turned into a monotonous cycle of making pasta: ravioli, lasagna, fettuccine, tortellini, rigatoni, cannelloni, and so on. When her Aunt Julie calls her from San Francisco and asks her to come and help renovate a 62-foot luxury yacht, the Pacific Pearl, into a dinner cruise ship, she leaps at the chance. What she doesn't realize is that her crush from summer sailing camp 10 years earlier, Leo, is now a fully qualified captain and will be underfoot helping to refurbish the sailing parts of the ship. Which would be fine if he hadn't just got engaged that very day to a spoiled heiress who gets seasick if she even sets foot on a houseboat. Even worse, Julie's husband, Roland, has a heart attack just before Tia arrives in San Francisco, and the two young people are on their own. There is lots of excitement as Tia and Leo begin ripping out wallpaper, designing a new kitchen, supervising a crew to rip out staterooms and flooring, and ordering appliances that will fit down the companionway. Not the least of which, is that Leo's fiancé, Natalie, has decided Tia will be her new best friend and Leo's best man, Jake, is fast developing a crush on Tia. Between keeping secrets, avoiding misconceptions, encouraging Julie and Roland, engagement parties, and getting the yacht transformed, Tia's life has become very complicated and trying to live up to her Christian principles and stay just friends with both Leo and Natalie. This was an extremely enjoyable book for me as I love decorating and love boats. It was a fast read and a very light romance by Melody Carson.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
All Summer Long was a light, sweet summery romance. It's the kind of book that anyone can pick up and enjoy. Tia D'Amico leaves everything she's every know for an exciting opportunity - being the head chef on her aunt's yacht, which desperately needs some TLC. She meets her longtime crush, Leo Parker, almost immediately. It seems like a dream come true until Tia finds out Leo is engaged to the lovely Natalie. I think "sweet" would be the number one word I would use to describe this book! Also, the description of the setting, San Francisco, was absolutely stunning. I felt like I was riding with Tia on the boat, roasting hot dogs while gazing at the Golden Gate Bridge. I am a huge fan of Melody Carlson. That being said, this wasn't quite what I expected. The love triangle was the tried and true method, and once that was resolved Tia and Leo's romance moved along very quickly. Melody Carlson has this unique way of portraying spiritual truths, but this focused on the love story. I missed her keen spiritual insight, but I think this was supposed to be a lighter story that everyone could enjoy. Bottom line: I enjoyed the story, but it didn't compel me the way her stories normally do. I still want to read the next book in the Follow Your Heart Series, and I will still continue to fervently enjoy Melody Carlson's stories. I received a copy of All Summer Long by Melody Carlson from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
All Summer Long is a fun, light-hearted romance! In the second Follow Your Heart novel, Melody Carlson invites readers on a journey to the Golden Gate City. Bringing San Francisco’s sights and sounds to life, I reveled in the lovely ambiance she created. Tia D’Amico is charting a new course, when a blast from the past sails back into her life. Sweet and romantic, Tia and Leo’s story entertained me and made me smile. All Summer Long is a delightful tale, perfect for summer reading! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
I would actually give this a 3.5 star. This is book two in the Follow your Heart series. I have not read book one and had no problem following along with book two. Tia D'Amico is looking forward to helping her aunt transform a yacht into a diner cruse. She is a marvelous chief. The last person she expected to see was Leo Parker. Leo has become an even more handsome man than a teen. Leo Parker never imagined Tia to come back into his life, let alone on this particular day. This novel is full of friendship, love, laughter and frustration. Will Tia and Leo ever get together or are they destined to be friends. You will fall in love with some of the characters in this novel and some your not quit sure what to think. If you enjoy reading an easy contemporary romance you will like this book. I was given a copy of this book from net galley for my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
All Summer Long by Melody Carlson is a sweet summer read. I would put it under the category of chick lit and romance as that was basically what the whole book was about. There was no antagonist in this book. No bad guy for the good guy to fight, which was very different for me. I found it new and refreshing as this was the first time I read a book like this leisurely. This is the story of Tia D’Amico who is a budding chef growing tired of her mundane job at her family owned restaurant. When her aunt calls her up and offers to hire her to be the chef for a deluxe yacht that she is planning on fixing up Tia jumps at the opportunity. However bad news awaits her in San Francisco and she learns that her uncle has had a heart attack and needs surgery. Now the job of restoring the yacht rests solely on the shoulders of Tia and Leo, the only boy she has ever really been attracted to. Leo also happens to be recently engaged to Natalie, like the nicest person ever, if a little pushy. I found the characters interesting and realistic, and I must warn you: Tia will make you hungry as she describes both the food she eats and the food she makes. I got a severe case of the munchies while reading this book. I found it to be a quick read and had it done in a day. However, I would have liked a more active dialogue in the story instead of it being described passively. My thanks go to Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Tia is feeling bored and a tiny bit burned out in her job as a chef at her uncle's restaurant. So when her aunt Julie calls and begs her to come be a chef on her new luxury yacht, Tia can't pass up the chance. What she doesn't expect is to have Leo, an old acquaintance pick her up at the airport. A first kiss, a surprise engagement, and a sudden heart surgery are just a few of the unexpected things that hit Tia as soon as she steps into the San Francisco air. But with prayer and maturity, she'll learn to weather whatever storm comes her way. This was a sweet, fun little romance. There wasn't anything incredibly deep about the plot or the characters. The outcome was known from the very beginning of the book. But it was still enjoyable. The author wove a tiny bit of faith into the story, but it wasn't really enough that I would have even classified this as Christian fiction. The characters didn't have a ton of depth, but it fit well with the light and breezy story. The romance was sweet. The only link to the other book in the series is the tie-in with the theme. It could definitely be read as a stand alone. Overall, this would make a great beach read. It was a nice story to read while lounging in my hammock and I look forward to the author's next book in the series. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
hjsnyder28 More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson's book All Summer Long is a great beach read for this time of year. It is light-hearted and a fairly quick read, but that may be because I had trouble putting it down. I love when a book becomes a page turner, and the story follows a fluid path. From being introduced to the main characters, to finding out and understanding the plot of the text, each scene flowed easily from one page to the next, and I was excited to see how each part of the overall story played out. Tia D'Amico is an aspiring chef who longs to not only further her career but also cannot wait to jump at the chance to leave behind her hometown of Norton, Washington. Even though it has been in the family for generations, Tia feels that her talents can be put to better use somewhere other than her uncle's restaurant, and she longs for a new adventure to come her way. When it finally does, her immediate excitement turns to worry as she takes a giant leap into the great unknown. Will she be able to successfully manage the next page in her life? Or is she making a terrible mistake? These are the thoughts that run through Tia's mind as she boards the plane to San Francisco to meet her aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, her destination will uncover a secret from her past along with great amounts of heartache and prayer. Leo Parker has always dreamed of being a sea captain. That is after he abandoned the family plan of becoming an attorney. Despite his father's trepidation at this news, Leo continues in his plans of wanting to live a life at sea. Interestingly, he gets offered the position of sea captain aboard the Pacific Pearl. There is one problem though. The Pacific Pearl is not ready to set sail much less even be boarded at the dock. After much loving care, maybe she will be ready to make her maiden voyage. In the midst of trying to recover this rare gem from the past, Leo confronts his own past while trying to start a new chapter. Some unforeseen troubles might derail his plans, yet they might also be the steps he needs to take in order to secure his own happiness in life. This book is filled with joys, sadness, questions about the past and future, along with trying to reconnect with people and places you never thought you knew or needed. Carlson's addition of colorful characters along the way will keep you guessing as you wonder how the actions and consequences of each person's life will turn out. There were even moments I wished I could join in with the gang and makes s'mores by the campfire with them! In addition to her relatable characters, her style of writing is easy to read and understand, and she modernizes her text by using familiar names, such as Whole Food and Starbucks. I highly recommend checking this story out! This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy.
StacyA64 More than 1 year ago
Tia D'Amico is feeling a bit like life is passing her by as she works as a chef in her family's restaurant in a little "podunk" town in Washington state. Then her aunt calls and offers her a lifeline, the chance to come to San Francisco and be part of restoring an older yacht and turning it into an elegant venue for dinner cruises. Tia jumps at the chance and within 24 hours is on her way! Melody Carlson takes the beautiful and romantic city of San Francisco and a cast of characters made up of the young and beautiful, the wealthy, and those who love the sea and boating, to spin a fun and fast-paced tale of love nearly gone very, very wrong. The scene is set when Tia arrives in San Franciso to find that her aunt is not at the airport to meet her due to her uncle being in the hospital. Aunt Julie arranges for the yacht's captain to meet Tia in her place and he turns out to be the same guy she met at a boating camp for teenagers when she visited her aunt and uncle 10 years earlier. The same guy she had a major crush on and who gave her her first real kiss. Leo remembers Tia, too, and they seem to have an instant connection, getting along and chatting easily on the way to the restaurant Aunt Julie made reservations at. Tia is caught up in it and is thinking the move to San Francisco may be a very good move, indeed. Just as her mind is beginning to imagine spending more time with the handsome captain Leo, he tells her someone else is meeting them at the restaurant...his brand new fiance! The rest of the book is about the struggles Tia and Leo face regarding their feelings for each other, Leo's impending marriage, and of course, getting the yacht ready to sail. It's a pleasant, easy read and I love that it's "clean" with no bodice ripping scenes and also that while there is a Christian undercurrent to it, it doesn't beat you over the head with it. I highly recommend All Summer Long as a great beach or poolside escape.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I was delighted with this fun summer read. I really enjoyed the story line and setting. It was interesting to read about the start of a restaurant. I haven't had the opportunity to read about a chef. Or anything about boats. The San Francisco setting was really interesting. This story wasn't really your typical romance. Leo the male main character is already engaged leaving Tia disappointed. But as the couple (that's not a couple yet) begin working together they develop feelings for each other. All ends well as Leo and his fiancee realize that they had 'rushed' into getting engaged. An there is a happily ever after. This was an easy book to read. I was kept entertained from the beginning to the end. I wasn't able to put it down so it was a fast read. It's nice to read a book that is just a simple story with no twists and turns. With just a few simple characters. I would recommend All Summer Long to young and mature readers. There is no language. And no romance scenes. I give Melody Carlson my thumbs up. And All Summer Long 5 big 'ole stars. I received a complimentary copy of All Summer Long from Revell Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
GnatBehindtheLens More than 1 year ago
I grew up reading Melody Carlson. Every time I went to the bookstore I'd run my fingers across the paper spines of all her books, titles glimmering in the yellow lights of the store. Vivid images of devouring every word and every sentence of her writing coursed through my brain as I picked up All Summer Long for the first time. As grand and wonderful as I remember her writing being, I was disappointed by this novel. The story was great- young Tia D'Amico goes from the chef of a small, family owned Italian restaurant to the cook of her aunt's new floating restaurant. The characters were lovable - a sandy haired twenty-something guy with a keen sense of humor and big-brother instincts and an Italian girl with a feisty attitude and a taste for fine cooking.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
I Found My Heart in San Francisco One day Tia is making ravioli in her family's restaurant in the Pacific Northwest, the next, she is in San Francisco as the chef for dinner cruises on a small yacht owned by her aunt and uncle. Shortly after arriving, Julie finds some of her duties will also include renovating the yacht. This work also causes Tia to work closely with Leo, the captain of the yacht. Leo and Tia have a history together. Ten years earlier, when Tia was sixteen, the two of them attended a camp together. That is when Leo gave Tia her very first kiss. Tia doesn't know if Leo remembers, but Tia has never forgotten it. Leo has grown up to be a great guy, but he is also recently engaged. His fiancée is Leo's total opposite, and many wonder how the two will handle that. Tia finds herself uncomfortably possessing knowledge that could ruin the couple's relationship. The situation is even more complicated by the fact that Tia finds herself developing feelings for Leo. However, Tia's sense of right and wrong won't allow herself to get involved with someone who is engaged. This is a light, fun story that would be perfect for a summer read. The story drew me in, and I really enjoyed the descriptions of all the dishes that Tia makes. It made me wish a dinner cruise with a chef like her really existed. I also appreciated that Tia had a strong sense of ethics, and the story was told from a Christian standpoint. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys sweet romances. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of All Summer Long, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.