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Sunflower Summer

Sunflower Summer

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by Evangeline Kelley

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5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Sunflower Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
If I had any doubts about opening my own Bed and Breakfast, it's confirmed after reading this delightful sequel to Seaside Harmony in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn Series, Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley. This is the second book in the series and you really need to read the first one before picking this one up. If you love a bit of romance coupled perfect with a bit of mystery than this is the perfect book series for you! The series begins when three sisters in their sixties attempt to restore and purchase a historical seaside inn on Nantucket Island, something their mother had always dreamed of doing but died before that could become a reality. Now each of the sisters comes to the Inn with their own agendas and talents. Caroline Marris is the oldest but also a free-spirit. She has spent her life jet setting from one location to another writing about her travels and living in England. Her best friend, George is someone she is fond of but has never wanted to ever get married. Gracie Gold, is the foundational rock of the family. She spends all her free time living in Portland in the home she shared with her loving husband Art, who has also passed away and Gracie feels that helping her own kids out raising her grandkids makes her feel productive and useful. Sam Carter is the organizational genius and also has a great financial mind. She has one daughter, Jaime who spends her free time when not in college helping her mother out at the Inn. Now that the Misty Harbor Inn is officially opening, they are hoping for plenty of guests to help them keep their business running. A newlywed couple is their first guests and they hope to try out their business with them before their official opening to work out all the kinks. However when the newly married couple get off on a stormy part of their relationship, they question whether marriage is the right choice for them. It will take some much need wisdom for an elderly grandmother who has seen it all to help them navigate back to the reason they got married in the first place. Now if only Sam and Caroline could find a way to keep Gracie at the Inn full time. Sunflower Summer is about finding a place in the world and seeing the different changes that life takes us through. For some, they don't realize what they had until it possibly slips through their fingers, for others its about finding a place where you are wanted and needed and for others it simply about finding their true north in spite of the storms life can hand us. The saddest part about this novel, was I finished it too soon and desperately wish to visit Misty Harbor once again. I need to see how it all plays out. Thankfully the four wonderful writers who created this series under the pen name of Evangeline Kelley have one more in store for those that love their time at Misty Harbor. Thanks to Camy Tang, Barbara Hanson, Pam Andrews and Patti Berg who made this journey possible. I received Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley compliments of Litfuse Book Tours and Guidepost Publishing for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. Hands down one of the best summer reads for 2013. I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan on revisiting the sisters over and over again. This one has found a permanent home not only in my personal library, but in my heart as well.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelly is a new book of the newly created fiction series, Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn. Finally an entertaining, yet wholesome work of fiction in the Christian genre that is NOT Amish and NOT a romance novel. Evangeline Kelly is actually a pen name for a team of women that authored the new series: Patti Berg, Pam Andrews, Barbara Hanson and Camy Tang. The writing is enjoyable and professional- offensive slang writing and individual eccentricities or opinions do not interfere or detract from the writing as is often case in books authored by a single writer. This is a book that a reader can truly enjoy. While this is considered a book in the Christian genre, all readers will enjoy this book. In this case the label "Christian" refers to the fact you won't find foul language and explicit adult scenes, and secondly that the characters act with respect to their morals. It is refreshing to read a book that breaks free from the stereotypical young, beautiful heroine whose life's mission is to snag a husband. Social norms are challenged and reworked. Based on the book market one might conclude that all readers are in their young twenties looking for their first love! Yet this book series, and its main characters, three middle aged sisters, will have a wider appeal to include an often overlooked group of readers that is often alienated. Rather than the too often used naïve 19 year old young Amish girl looking to marry for the first time, or the young widowed 24 year old woman in the old West, pursuing a weathered cowboy on a horse, pondering remarriage, this book is not focused on marriage or romance or young beautiful heroines. In fact the author portrays the three middle aged sisters with respect and dignity, capable of being fashionable, independent and adventurous whereas society all too often confines such demographic groups to the limited the role of a spinster. Sunflower Summer centers around three sisters who start a new life in renovating an old piece of property and transforming it into an Inn in a popular vacation spot. Each sister has her own personal battles and challenges to face while at the same time contributing to making the grand opening of the Inn a success. The guests at the Inn are just as varied as life itself- from the young newlyweds to the mysterious, dignified- yet aged, reclusive former English actress. The complex characters are well developed for an omnipotent view of each of the sisters' thoughts and emotions. To add additional element of mystery a sub plot focuses on a mysterious hidden room in the aged Inn and its mysterious history. Another subplot centers around one of the sisters' strained relationships with a man that she had known for years. Yet this "romantic" relationship does not overtake the entire novel. There is just enough mention of her relationship in order to communicate to the reader that the eldest sister Caroline is stressing and distracted about facing a future of uncertainty and loneliness. In fact I am sure that many readers may be facing similar fears of loneliness and uncertainty as well and can relate. As far as the serene setting- the readers will find themselves caught up in the day to day workings of the Inn, the parade and the excitement of preparing the Inn for guests. Sunflower Summer is the second book in the series. This book can be read independently of the first, but as a reader I find that reading the first book would have shed some light into some of the background behind the three sisters and the story behind the decision to start an Inn. I happened to win this copy of the book through Litfuse publicity, published by Guideposts publishers.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sunflower Summer returns the reader to the idyllic island setting of Nantucket as the story continues with the evolving sisterly relationship of Caroline, Gracie and Sam, and the opening of the restored Misty Harbor Inn. In Sunflower Summer, the second installment of the Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn series, the story continues as it picks up from the first book with the completion of the inn's restoration and the sisters' preparations for the grand opening of the Misty Harbor Inn. The story follows the sisters' trials and tribulations of running a B&B together, while each sister deals with their own personal issues, in addition to the unfolding story behind their investigation into the mystery of the 1880 disappearance of Hannah Montague. The authors once again engages the reader to follow along as the three sisters' relationships continues to evolve and change along with the intriguing twists that unfolds from the mystery that is interwoven into the story. Sometimes it is hard for a sequel to maintain the enchantment from the first book in a series, but this is not the case in this book, as the authors seamlessly transports their readers back into the continuation of the story of these enchanting middle aged sisters set on the idyllic island of Nantucket. The reader can't help but get caught up in the lives of Caroline, Gracie and Sam as they learn to run a successful business together, while working out family issues and matters of the heart, along with the ongoing investigation into a century old mystery. Sunflower Summer is a lighthearted and delightful easy read that leaves the reader with a cliff hanger ending as the conclusion of the mystery will be revealed in Whispers On The Dock, the third installment in the series. I would not suggest these books as a stand alone read as the reader would miss out on the flowing storyline that evolves from this delightful series.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this delightful story. It can be read alone, but you don't want to! The Marris sister's are now opening their Misty Harbor B & B. While things seem to be going fairly smoothly, the sisters are wrestling with some personal decisions. Carolyn is missing George. What has she done? She plugs alone, but something is very missing in her life. Grace, must decide whether to make the Inn a full time home, or return to her home in Maine, and her family there. Sam, seems to be adjusting well, she is trying all kinds of recipes, and is a hit with the cooking. Will the Inn survive, the economy is not good?? Will the Sisters be able to keep their Mother's Dream alive? You will meet some delightful characters who visit the inn. You will also find a mystery in the making, and they are throwing their lives into it feet first. What a wonderful read to get lost in, I did! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Evangeline Kelley in her new book "Sunflower Summer" Book Two in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series published by Summerside Press takes us into the lives of Caroline Marris, Gracie Gold and Sam Carter. From the back cover: Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn. Misty Harbor Inn officially opens, and Gracie Gold, the middle Marris sister, wrestles with an overwhelming decision. As the sisters learn the day-to-day workings of running an inn, Gracie counsels its first guests, newlyweds whose honeymoon seems to be ending before it begins. Meanwhile, Sam's discovery of a clue in a secret room sheds unflattering light on Hannah Montague, who vanished from the house more than one hundred years ago. And as Gracie and Caroline welcome guests to the inn, they are delighted to see how God uses it -- and them -- to deepen relationships and transform lives. You'll delight in the inviting setting and be enthralled by the adventures of these three very different sisters who reunite to bring their mother's Misty Harbor dreams to life. An abandoned inn that has been restored is now officially open for business. A mother's dream of owning the inn that was re-birthed within her daughters is now a reality. This time the focus is on Gracie, the middle sister, but all three sisters play an integral part of the story. Now that the inn is open the question is will the Nantucket Inn survive despite the sluggish economy? It takes all three sisters to run the inn but will all three stay with the inn and each other? "Sunflower Summer" is a lot of fun. There is even an ongoing mystery that is going to have to be resolved in the last book. Now that the inn is open it is great watching the sisters interact with the guests as well as each other. "Sunflower Summer" is a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn Nook HD Giveaway and Facebook Party {5/9}! Guideposts Books is celebrating the release of their new Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series with a fun giveaway and a Facebook party on May 9th. Misty-Harbor-Series-300 One fortunate winner will receive: A Nook HD Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 8th. Winner will be announced at the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/9. Connect with Patti Berg, Pam Andrews, Barbara Hanson, and Camy Tang (who collaborated together under the pen name, Evangeline Kelley) for an evening of book chat, trivia, and fun! There will also be great giveaways (gift certificates, books, and more) as well as a sneak peek at the next book in the series! So grab your copies of Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer and join readers just like you on the evening of May 9th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!) Don't miss the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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."
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment of the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series. In this book we find that the in is now open to visitors. We get to follow along as the sister get used to the daily life of running the inn. Grace has settled in and is helping a newlywed couple with their troubles while Sam is trying to solve the mystery behind Hannah who disappeared from the inn over 100 ears ago. This time we get to learn a little more about the sisters and their lives and feelings. I enjoyed the continuation of this story and a glad I continued on with the series. I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review. I give it three stars.