Desperate to keep her teenage daughter from running with the wrong crowd again, Elsie Anderson makes the painful decision to leave Seattle for good. For her, solitude is a small price for keeping Sophie out of trouble. Love is the last thing on Elsie’s mind, especially in a small town like Smithfield, Virginia.
Alex Becker, the star of Smithfield's firefighting department may be a hero, but at night, he sees a broken man in the mirror. He once believed in love, but that all disappeared after he unexpectedly lost his wife.
They both need a second chance at love, but will Elsie overcome her fear of getting another broken heart and Alex’s loss keep them apart?
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About the Author
Ginnie is French-Canadian author who decided to use her second language to write. After getting her Interior Design degree, she decided to escape life with her boyfriend and start travelling. She is in Costa Rica right now, enjoying the beach and the sun. Another winter in Canada was too much for the lovebirds! Ginnie write in her spare time, between a bike ride into town and a hike in the jungle. She loves a good cup of tea and watching her favorite TV shows. She can’t go anywhere without her own ebook reader and loves to get lost in a good story. That’s why she decided to create her own.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Summer Spark by Ginnie Carmichael is the story of Elsie Anderson and Alex Becker. Elsie is a single mother who uprooted her life in Seattle to keep her young daughter Sophie out of trouble. It wasn’t the first time, but this time they ended up in Smithfield, Virginia. So when she pulls up in front of the colonial home with number 34 on the front, the last thing on her mind is men and falling in love. But one invite to karaoke night changes all that when she meets a handsome man with a silky voice called Alex Becker. Ginnie Carmichael beautifully illustrates the conflict within Alex and Elsie and how it is affecting their ability to move forward. Together. Summer Spark is the perfect name for this story because there seemed to be a spark between Alex and Elsie almost from the moment they met. Even though their lives are so different - he’s a firefighter and she writes children’s books; he’s a widow and she was burned once in love and decided she wasn’t going back for more; he has a small kid and she has a teenager. Despite that, Ginnie Carmichael writes their budding romance beautifully as it grows. Of course this is the first story in a series, so what ultimately becomes of their fledgling emotions is yet to be seen. This is a cute short story in a small town, featuring two adorable kids, which adds a nice touch of humor to a story where the main characters have had so much sadness in their lives.
Carmichael has created a well written, entertaining introduction to her new serial. The story is uniquely thought provoking while also being a sweet read. Unlike so many serials that we’ve seen as of late, Carmichael writes this short story so that it can be read in and of itself. Sure there is a large lead in to the next story in the serial, but this is also an enjoyable read in its own right. We get to meet some intriguing individuals in this story. Carmichael develops her characters well, allowing reader to interact with them on a deeper level. I may not agree with some of the decisions made by the characters, but I could always understand them. Overall, this was a great introduction to Carmichael’s serial. I’m definitely interested to see what happens next. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.