Monday, June 15, 2015

"Once Upon a Summertime" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  “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 comes true takes you through the storied streets of New York City—and into the depths of the human heart.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Follow Your Heart” series.

Spiritual Content- Prayers, Blessings over food and mentions of praying; A couple talks about God; Going to church on a Sunday (but on a New York City tour).
*Note: a mention of looking like a Greek goddess and a mention of karma.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘doggone’, a form of ‘dumb’, a ‘freaking’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘wimp’, four ‘stupid’s; Anna & Sean drink wine at a restaurant; A couple mentions of parties, underage drinking & drinking; Anna’s mother was an addict and died from an overdose.
             *Note: Mentions of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- a forehead kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses and two semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to/Wondering about a kiss; Noticing; Touches (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of dating & dates; a mention of being straight; a ‘hot’ when describing how someone looks; Dresses that show off curves and legs; When alone in her apartment, Anna wears just her underwear for a bit to cool off; Anna’s mother got pregnant at age 17 with Anna; A mention of being a bed-hopper (not sexually, Anna sleeps in the other girls’ beds when they are not there); Love, falling in love & the emotions.
              *Note: A mention of a “swift kick in the behind”.

-Anna Gordon
                                         P.O.V. of Anna
                                                        306 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
(and a half)
Hmmm. {I start off many reviews like that…} While at first it started off pretty slow, but by the end it picked up and was overall decent. Definitely not Melody Carlson’s best, though. I really liked Anna, but Sean was just a little too perfect. I also would have liked to seen more Spiritual Content.  

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this review.

1 comment:

  1. Lindsey, I wasn't crazy about this book, but thought that maybe I was just tired when I was reading it. My church sent me to a music conference at The Brooklyn Tabernacle several years ago, so I loved the NYC aspect of it, but didn't think there was much spiritual content at all. Thanks for sharing, Lindsey.