Book Review: “Once Upon a Summertime” by Melody Carlson

June 14, 2015 at 7:42 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Melody Carlson in her new book, “Once Upon a Summertime book coverOnce Upon a Summertime” Book One in the Follow Your Heart series published by Revell brings us into the life of Anna Gordon.

From the back cover:  She’s looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

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.

Springville and the Value Lodge is not the reason why Anna wanted to be in hotel management Hospitality. Her friends were working in 5 star hotels in Paris and the Caribbean she was helping her grandmother in Springville. She is given the opportunity she has always dreamed of to work at the new New York hotel, The Rothsberg. Now we get to play tourist with Anna as she visits New York to actually meet with Human Resources. It is here that she meets up with Sean O’Neil who is also meeting with HR and happened to be the love of her life. Ms. Carlson has given us a story not only of hopes and dreams but of fulfilling our purpose in life. On top of everything there is also the romance. Anna is such a remarkable character that we instantly feel that we have been friends with her our whole lives and we want what is best for her. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed.  “Once Upon a Summertime” is an exciting adventure from start to finish.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell for this review. 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.”


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