Book Review – A New Shade of Summer

Here’s another new book I was privileged to read recently:

A brief synopsis:

As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.

Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.

Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer.

 

Here’s some of my thoughts regarding this story:

I greatly enjoyed reading A New Shade of Summer! It’s an absolutely gripping, sweet romance.
The characters! So very realistic, and true-to-life!

The setting–small-town USA, down to earth, such a homey feel!
Callie, an artistic redhead, and Davis, the town vet seem to have nothing in common. She’s outgoing, artsy, and flits from one place to the next, while he is rather stern, serious about life, and level-headed, like-a-rock-solid.
But Davis is having trouble relating to his preteen son, and somehow Callie is one of the few people that can connect with him, and really knows how to draw him out.
I loved the way their relationship grows, slowly, as they learn to understand and appreciate each other. Their differences at first seem too great, but they are the very things that draw them to each other.
I would consider this book as more of an easy read, but yet the author addresses very real issues of life, things we can all identify with.
We see Callie & Davis grow as they learn to rely on and trust God, even for the hard things in life.
Another winner from a talented writer, I can’t wait to read more from this author!

I was given the privilege of reading an early copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review, and the opinions I shared are entirely my own.

If you are looking for an easy-read, be sure and give this one a try. Nicole Deese has also written several other novels. The only other one I’ve tried, The Promise of Rayne, I also loved. She has a talent of realistically depicting life. I had the sense of meeting new friends as I read these books.

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