Just for the Summer by Melody Carlson

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.4 Llamas


I am apparently in my romantic novel month. I have read soooooo many cute romance books lately that it is ridiculous. (Besides the Wingfeather Saga which I just re-read and cried like 8 times… Not a romantic novel, but still just as good!)

This book is about two different women with two different problems. Ginny is stuck in her up-town fancy hotel managing everything and wishes for a more quite down-to-earth place. While Jacqueline is tired of her grandfathers very rustic, very rundown fishing lodge and wishes for something fancier. (And better…) When they decide to switch jobs for the summer it seems like a great idea… But turns out switching jobs also includes switching problems…

This book was super sweet and very clean. I loved the romance and the plot line, the characters were well written and the book overall was very good. I will say it felt a little rushed at times, more like a hallmark movie, less like a 275 paged novel. But that might be because it is about 2 different women. It was still a great read I actually couldn’t put it down! However it was still a bit rushed in my opinion.

Now I will say, one of the women was sooooo annoying. She had some problems that needed to be fixed and I could of cared less for her story. The other lady? Fabulous. I loved her romance, her story and hers was much more interesting to read. (But that one girl, irritating!)

Overall, this book was SUPER clean and very sweet! I totally think girls 12 and up could read this. If you are looking for a fun, sweet, fast read about summer and romance this is the book for you! Adios!!! -The Young Llama Reader


  • A good novel for girls 12 and up!
  • Funny, sweet and romantic!
  • A little bit of adventure and a whole lot of fun!


  • It was a bit of a quick read…

Ginny Masters manages a popular boutique hotel in Seattle and manages it with aplomb. But the daily challenges and irritations of a fast-paced job and a demanding boss are starting to get to her. Jacqueline Potter manages her grandfather’s fishing lodge in Idaho because it was the only job she could find after graduating with her hospitality degree. She’s grateful for the work but longs for a more sophisticated and cosmopolitan life she’s just not going to find in this backwoods town.

The solution to both their problems seems obvious. Just for the summer, they’ll swap jobs and lifestyles. But they never anticipated swapping love interests . . .

In this fabulous new twist on an age-old fable, award-winning and bestselling author Melody Carlson introduces you to two career-focused women who are about to discover that there’s more to finding happiness than just switching up the scenery.

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