Saturday, March 5, 2022

Looking for Leroy by Melody Carlson

 Looking for Leroy

Book Summary

It's official: Brynna Phillips is done with men. They only break your heart. But just when she makes this declaration, her friend Jan convinces Brynna to join her on a camping vacation in Sonoma Wine Country. As they wind their way toward their destination, spanking-new mini camper in tow, Brynna recalls her teenage camp romance with a boy named Leroy. How can it have been nearly 30 years ago? All she remembers is that Leroy was a genuinely good guy and that his family owned a vineyard--in Sonoma. She doesn't even remember his last name. Jan insists they look for him, and the search begins.

Beyond the slim chance they'd ever be able to find him are questions that have haunted Brynna for decades, including What is the point of digging up the past? and Can Leroy ever forgive me for losing touch?

Bestselling author Melody Carlson invites you on a trip to rediscover the carefree days of youth and, just maybe, to get a second chance at love.

My Thoughts

Looking for Leroy by Melody Carlson is a sweet story.  I count always count on Melody Carlson to provide a story that will engage me and distract me from reality.  Brynna Phillips goes on a camping trip with co-worker, Jan Barton who has a new red travel trailer.  When they stop at a campground that was formally a Christian camp that Brynna went to as a teen, she tells Jan about Leroy.  Since they will be traveling through Sonoma Valley, Jan suggests they locate Leroy and their new camping companion, Mike agrees with her.  Reluctantly, Brynna goes along with them.  When they find the vineyard, Brynna is ready to run.  She regrets how she ended things with Leroy thirty years ago and is not sure how he will react to her presence.  Brynna is wandering around the property when she encounters Sophie, Leroy’s pregnant daughter.  She mistakes Brynna for the woman coming to interview for the office manager position.  Brynna gets the job, and her friends convince her to take it.  Brynna wonders what Leroy will think when they encounter each other? 

I thoroughly enjoyed Looking for Leroy.  It is a charming Christian romance.  I started reading and did not want to put it down.  I found Looking for Leroy to be well-written with developed, realistic characters.  This is a character driven story.  I liked getting to know Brynna, Leroy, and Leroy’s large family especially Sophie and Gina (two of Leroy’s daughters).  I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of Sonoma Valley.  It sounds like a lovely place to live. The Christian element was seamlessly woven into the story.  There is humor as well.  I found myself chuckling several times while reading Looking for Leroy.  This was a delightful second chance romance.  Looking for Leroy reminds me of Melody Carlson’s The Happy Camper (another fun story that can be read for free if you belong to Kindle Unlimited).  Looking for Leroy is a delightful book to read on a lazy Saturday afternoon.  I was sorry to see it end.  Looking for Leroy is a captivating tale with a red travel trailer, a Christian Camp recollection, Motorcycle Mike, a vineyard vista, a massive misunderstanding, a wily woman, and a magic moment.

Looking for Leroy is available from Amazon*.  You can find Melody Carlson's other novels here. I look forward to reading Melody Carlson's Christmas novel each fall.  Several of her books can be read for free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member.  I wonder what she will create for us this year.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and read my review.  I will return on Monday with Murder Through an Open Door by Melissa Bourbon.  It is the 4th A Book Magic Mystery.  I am heading otuside to finish my St. Patrick's Day decorations.  I have some green lights to put up that will go with my inflatable leprechauns and cute garden flags.  I hope that you have a gratifying day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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