Monday, September 29, 2014

Summertime - First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesday

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In Summertime, author Christina Cole takes a successful actress from 1914 San Francisco and returns her to her hometown in rural Kansas. At first, heroine Linn ("Linnie Mae") Sparks is not a likable character - much too full of herself. However, as the story progresses, her attitude and motives begin to make sense and she also changes her outlook. This book is a romance so there's an expected happy ending, but Ms. Cole kept me wondering - would the story end with Linn and Ed living happily ever after or merely happy for now?    


Beginning:
Brookfield, Kansas 1914
Three days. Not a moment longer. She would attend to business first thing Monday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon she would be on her way back home to San Francisco.
Back home where she belonged.

Teaser (at 80% on my Kindle):
"I figured out that it's not what's gone before that matters. It's what comes after that makes a difference in our lives."

Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 284 Pages
Amazon Link: Summertime
Other Books by This Author: Christina Cole's Amazon Author Page


Synopsis from Amazon:
      Linn Sparks wanted all life had to offer. Fame, fortune, glamour and excitement. She found it as a star of the stage at the Crown Theater in San Francisco.
      For Ed Ferguson, life was far less complicated. All he wanted was Linnie Mae, but she’d left him standing alone at the altar seven years before when she’d run off to pursue her dreams.
      Now, Linn Sparks has come home to Brookfield, Kansas.
      But coming back means facing a lot of unpleasant realities: a strained relationship with a father who never wanted her, a mother whose grasp on sanity is slipping away, and the feelings she still has for the love she left behind.
      Ed still wants Linnie Mae, but he knows she won’t stay. How can he spend the summer being near her and not get his heart broken again?
      Between them, passions flare in the heat of SUMMERTIME.



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35 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds like a book I would enjoy...I could engage with this character, especially as she starts to grow and change. Thanks for sharing.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I don't think that this one is for me, but hope that you enjoy it.

Kim@Time2Read said...

This one sounds good. I would keep reading!
Today I'm featuring The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentiss.

JoAnn said...

Not my usual fare, but I hope you enjoy it :)

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm not a big romance fan, but hope you enjoy it!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I like the time setting and hope you enjoy this book.

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Literary Feline said...

I like to see characters grow over the course of a book, especially if they aren't my favorite people at the beginning of the book. This sounds like a fun read!

jacquie said...

Love the cover...but have to agree as I read the synopsis that she sounded like a bit of a twit:) Laugh! Glad to know she grows out of it!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoyed getting to know Linn. She's a strong, independent woman and that's almost always fun!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The author did a great job of putting her characters in the setting -- both time and place. I felt like I was there.

Suzie Quint said...

An unusual period for a historical romance. I love that not everything has to be Victorian England or the Wild West these days.

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree. I enjoyed visiting this era through Christina's story.

madamevauquer said...

Good teaser. I'd probably like it better with the setting in San Francisco though. Interesting town back then. Thanks for stopping by mine at http://wp.me/pZnGI-eg

cynthiastacey.com said...

Great teaser, this sounds like it would be good! Happy reading. Thanks for stopping by my TT http://cynthiastacey.com/2014/09/30/teaser-tuesday-sept-30/

LoveBites AndSilk said...

I enjoyed the teaser, Sandra. Thank you for stopping by my blog and enjoy your week.

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Alice Audrey said...

Yep. All the things that come out of having done something make the difference.

Kerry O'Donnell said...

I like the twist that it's the guy who seems like he's going to get his heart broken. It's a nice change of pace from all the broken-hearted women out there. Great pick, thanks for sharing, and for stopping by My Teaser earlier!

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Cleo Bannister said...

Ooh sounds like a good read and I love the second teaser. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/teaser-tuesday-september-30/

Heather said...

Excellent teaser. Thanks for stopping by to read mine!

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Love your teaser; so inspiring and true! Hope you're enjoying this one :)

Trish said...

LOOOOVE the tease! thank you so much for sharing!

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree! I liked that twist too.

Margot said...

I love a good romance and, like you, I prefer the happily ever after ones.

Laura Thomas said...

I like it when the author gives you a HEA but doesn't promise it will always be that way in the next books. Like in real life, there are no guarantees.
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Yvonne said...

I like the sounds of this one.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

This looks like it has the elements of a good read. I'm not familiar with Kansas in 1914, so that would intrigue me. Also, I like those stories where characters go back home and have to confront those issues of their past. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Greg said...

That's a nice quote, and a great selection! I hope you enjoyed it...

kelley jensen said...

I liked the intro and Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genre's. I'd keep reading. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

susie SBC said...

Great teaser thanks for stopping by. Xx

Haunted Isles said...

That teaser would make a great motivational quote thanks for commenting on mine http://hauntedisles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/teaser-tuesday-post-from-true-ghost.html

writenotereviews.com said...

Your comment re "happy for now" - I feel like that with a lot of books.

Sounds like a nice read, though.

Kim Griffin said...

That's a wise thing to say. Great teaser! Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment! Happy reading!

Deasy Yolanda said...

After the last few books I read did not happily end, I think I feel the need to read some on the bright side ones. Thanks for sharing, Sandra! :)

Naomi Hop said...

Oooh... good point! Great teaser!

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