Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review - Once Upon A Summer


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 young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises--not the least of which is discovering that Sean O'Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City--and into the depths of the human heart.


Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. 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


What a lovely read! Perfect for your beach or summer reading list.

Anna is stuck in a dead-end job in her little home town managing the Value Lodge despite her excellent credentials and degree in hospitality. She has returned home to be with her grandmother after her grandfather's death. Her grandparents raised her, after her own parents went down a sad road of drug addiction and alcoholism.  She wants to make sure her grandmother is settled, but she feels so stuck in her job.

After making a stand for the betterment of the lodge, she is let go. Suddenly, the decision to do something else is made for her. Through a series of situations, she finds out about a wonderful new hotel that is opening in New York City. She is able to get an interview for the manager's position and is very hopeful.

While in New York, she runs into a childhood friend, Sean. He was older than her growing up but she always liked him and they hit it off doing touristy things in the city.  Unfortunately, circumstances make it impossible for them to take their friendship any farther.

I really liked the concept of this book. I found the hospitality information so fun and learned there's a lot that goes into making our stay at a hotel pleasant. I also loved the story line and the characters were so likeable. My favorite part was the huge surprise and twist at the end of the story. Don't you love when that happens? Melody Carlson has done it again and given us a wonderful story full of people we care about and a story we want to read. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads Program

Blessings - Julie

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