My daughter is a huge fan of Melody Carlson's books. I find myself not liking them as much- although I will say that Once Upon a Summertime was one of the ones I've liked the most.
The characters are fairly developed. They aren't as well-developed as I like, but I did feel as if I could relate to them, and the story wasn't just simply a straight telling with no introspection (something I really dislike). I enjoyed both main characters. They were fairly believable, and they were likable.
My main problem as I was reading was that I felt as if the story just sort of wandered on. It seemed to take a long time to lay out the background and really begin the story development. And then, at times I felt I was just wandering through information that really didn't have to do with the main plot.
Overall it's a light, easy read. As I said, my daughter loves these, and I know everyone has a different style of book that is appealing. I give this one 3.5 stars and a G rating for content. You can find Once Upon a Summertime on Amazon here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Summertime, go HERE.
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