Thursday, 17 November 2016

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

She’s looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Back Cover: 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.

Review: This sweet romance is set within the heart of a trendy new boutique hotel amidst the charm of New York City. I was surprised to learn that the author resides in Oregon as it is evidently clear that she has a passion for New York. This “Once Upon a Summertime” takes you on a sightseeing adventure through the classic city and draws you deep into the details of the hospitality industry.

Anna Gordon is rather obsessed with her job – and for good reason: a girl has to eat! Her determination to excel at her new position and to keep her new employment leads the reader through the many ups and downs of hotel management. I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of the complexities of running a hotel after reading this book… it sounds stressful!

Anna and Sean are a really cute couple. Their romance is sweet and charming and their struggle to keep from falling in love is endearing. This book did not really have any twists or turns and I found it to be on the slow side, but the love story was a cute one.

Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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