Review: Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime If you are looking for a cute, light, fun summer read…Once Upon a Summertime might be just the book for you.

The author did a very good job of making me feel like a tourist to New York. I really felt like I was seeing the sights and I enjoyed the details of Anna and Sean’s treks around the city. I also felt that I learned a lot about the hotel industry and all the little details that must be taken care of to offer true hospitality .

I liked Anna and Sean, but didn’t get very connected with them. I thought the overall storyline was cute and was happy that it was clean and sweet. Everything was from Anna’s perspective, which surprised me. I kept wanting to hear Sean’s thoughts, as well! But, on the other hand, this way of storytelling did keep Sean’s feelings as more of a surprise to Anna and myself. Some things toward the end of the story did feel rushed to me, but I still enjoyed the book. (4 stars)

My thanks to Revell for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.


Once Upon a Summertime

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 woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises–not the least of which is Sean O’Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!


Melody Carlson

My husband Chris and I live in a cabin-style home next to the National Forest in the beautiful Cascade Mountain area of the Pacific Northwest. Our two grown sons and granddaughter live nearby and we try to see them as often as we can. We also have two re-homed pets to make life more interesting, our yellow Labrador retriever Audrey and a Maine coon cat named Harry.

My writing studio is in a separate building next to our courtyard (a garden area that’s off limits to the voracious deer). The window behind my desk looks out into the ponderosa pine forest, where I see deer, squirrels, rabbits, and an occasional raccoon. The other windows in my office overlook the courtyard which is frequented by numerous hummingbirds in the summertime. One August evening we counted nearly fifty of the little hummers.

You can connect with Melody on her website and Facebook.

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Once Upon a Summertime


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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One Response to Review: Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

  1. Rissi says:

    I’ve been curious about this book, but given the review books I have yet to read, I’ll just be skipping it for now. Thanks for the great review.

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