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Under a Summer Sky

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn’t long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who’s determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole’s close childhood friends–who also happen to be brothers–vying for her attention.
With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!
Under a Summer Sky
What a book! This book was really good and I liked it very much. Nicole was a great main character. There was only a few times I was angry at her but those were minor scenes. I liked one brother over the other. I don’t want to give any thing away but I was extremely happy when Nicole ended up with the brother I liked.
There were a few down falls in this book but nothing major. For example, Nicole sometimes just left her work place during work hours to help customers look at other art galleries or go to their houses to pick out paintings that would go with the house. That part had me cringing because I would never just get up and leave while I was on the job, getting paid. That was unrealistic to me. Other than those details, I liked the story.
I would absolutely recommend this book, especially for a summer time read.
Title: Under a Summer Sky
Author: Melody Carlson
Author’s Website: http://www.melodycarlson.com/

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Trusting Grace

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand. Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart. Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana’s lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

Trusting Grace

This book, for me, had high potential, but the further I read into the book the more I was disappointed. Do not get me wrong. The book had a good story plot but the whole book was lacking…and, to put it bluntly, boring.

The one part in the book that made me mad was when Robert would not tell the reason he was seen with a different woman. He told Grace to trust him but he was the one being unreasonable. Grace had already lost her first husband, so she had the right to be a little sensitive. He should have just told her the truth when she asked the first time.

Ultimately, I did not enjoy this book very much. It may be just me who does not like this type of writing style. I am not saying anything negative about Maggie Brendan and may even read another book of hers because I do not believe in first impressions. I think every author deserves a second chance! (Yes, I am thinking of Pride and Prejudice as I write this!)

 

Title:  Trusting Grace

Author: Maggie Brendan

Author’s Website: http://www.maggiebrendan.com/

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.