A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox, #3)
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.

A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox, #3) Details

TitleA New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox, #3)
Author
ReleaseSep 12th, 2017
PublisherWaterfall Press
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian

A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox, #3) Review

  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Don't get me wrong--I'm happy with who I am, but sometimes I wish I could be more carefree, outgoing, talented, and fun. When Callie blows into town with her bright red hair, wicked artistic abilities, and carefree bohemian attitude, Davis doesn't even know what's hit him. She has a way about her that draws people to her like moths to a flame and her confidence in herself brings a sense of peace to those around her. I want to be her...maybe for a day.As a Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Don't get me wrong--I'm happy with who I am, but sometimes I wish I could be more carefree, outgoing, talented, and fun. When Callie blows into town with her bright red hair, wicked artistic abilities, and carefree bohemian attitude, Davis doesn't even know what's hit him. She has a way about her that draws people to her like moths to a flame and her confidence in herself brings a sense of peace to those around her. I want to be her...maybe for a day.As a mom, I can only imagine how hard it would be to be a single parent as Davis is, but he is one great dad, even though he struggles finding that balance with a soon-to-be teenager. I adore Davis! He's hardworking, smart, sweet, and puts others needs above his own, even when it's not convenient or easy.For him to find someone like Callie is extremely satisfying, but that relationship right there is not immune to problems. Through all of the conflicts, there are moments of chemistry, which takes this book to a deeper level. I loved every minute of it! I want to live in Lenox, OR (is it a real place?); I want to be friends with Callie and her sister, Clem; I want to take my dog and cat to Davis's vet practice; I want to associate with these people.Ms. Deese is a very talented writing that draws me right into the thick of her books and leaves me with a book hangover--I honestly don't want to finish that last page because then it will be over.Content: mild religious elements; mild romance*I received a copy from the publisher, through Netgalley, which did not influence my thoughts in any way. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    So so good!! One of my favorite reads of the entire year! Left me making little contented sighs and a goofy grin plastered across my face. #swoon #allthefeels
  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I desperately wish I could give this book more than the allowable 5 stars! I LOVED this book! I discovered Nicole Deese's work after she'd already written a few books and I've not completely caught up yet, but I can't wait to do just that. She is a tremendous author. She manages to capture the reader's heart from the very beginning, crafting characters that live on in your heart after reading the last word. Told in 2 POVs, this story is full of emotion and depth, even the secondary characters. I I desperately wish I could give this book more than the allowable 5 stars! I LOVED this book! I discovered Nicole Deese's work after she'd already written a few books and I've not completely caught up yet, but I can't wait to do just that. She is a tremendous author. She manages to capture the reader's heart from the very beginning, crafting characters that live on in your heart after reading the last word. Told in 2 POVs, this story is full of emotion and depth, even the secondary characters. I felt as if I were indeed a part of the action and several scenes brought such joy to my heart, I gasped aloud. Truly, this is one for your keeper shelf and worthy of a re-read many times over. Just don't miss it. *I received a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    After Davis was let down by Willa in the previous book of the series, I was so hoping that the author would give him his own story of finding love. And she did! And it is fabulous! I love how different Callie is and exactly what Davis and Brandon need. Her personality shines right off the page and yet has complexity woven in. Her connection to Brandon's artistic side draws him out which makes Davis take notice, in more ways than one. I loved how she was able to perceive people and their strength After Davis was let down by Willa in the previous book of the series, I was so hoping that the author would give him his own story of finding love. And she did! And it is fabulous! I love how different Callie is and exactly what Davis and Brandon need. Her personality shines right off the page and yet has complexity woven in. Her connection to Brandon's artistic side draws him out which makes Davis take notice, in more ways than one. I loved how she was able to perceive people and their strengths, and communicate that to others. There are so many awesome nuggets in this book, but I want you to discover them for yourself! The chemistry between Davis and Callie is palpable and I loved how their romance budded naturally. Because Callie is so carefree in many aspects of her life, is seems that she is also free of fear, but her perceptions of herself and her innate characteristics are shaded by her father's choices and his words of legacy to her. Davis also has fears but he is an example to Callie in overcoming them by processing feelings of grief and anger through turning to God, allowing him to live life to the fullest. This book is full of light and humor, depth and compassion. Highly recommend!!!(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Deese has done it again!! Another brilliant romance that had me swooning over her latest hero, Davis. He was a widowed father of a preteen son. The heroine, Callie was a free spirited artist who never wanted to settle down. The chemistry was sparked from the get go. It was fun watching things play out between the two. And, oh the sweet romance!! Awwww!! It was just so precious!! Needless to say, if you are a romantic at heart, you will love this book. In fact, all of this author's books a Nicole Deese has done it again!! Another brilliant romance that had me swooning over her latest hero, Davis. He was a widowed father of a preteen son. The heroine, Callie was a free spirited artist who never wanted to settle down. The chemistry was sparked from the get go. It was fun watching things play out between the two. And, oh the sweet romance!! Awwww!! It was just so precious!! Needless to say, if you are a romantic at heart, you will love this book. In fact, all of this author's books are amazing. *I was given this book by the publisher, and was under no obligation to leave a review.
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  • Krystina Rankin
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing story! I absolutely adored both main characters, Davis and Callie. Nicole Deese told the story from both characters point of view and did a stellar job giving them each their own voice. I loved how they were so different but their differences complimented each other perfectly. The conflicts were true to life and the conclusion satisfying while still being believable and realistic. It was a fun, enjoyable read, but also had deep themes which challenged me and made me think. I high What an amazing story! I absolutely adored both main characters, Davis and Callie. Nicole Deese told the story from both characters point of view and did a stellar job giving them each their own voice. I loved how they were so different but their differences complimented each other perfectly. The conflicts were true to life and the conclusion satisfying while still being believable and realistic. It was a fun, enjoyable read, but also had deep themes which challenged me and made me think. I highly recommend this book! *I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kathy Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Quinn is a wanderer. She never stays in one place for very long. Putting down roots is always the furthest thing from her mind. Davis Carter is a widower who has been raising his son, Brandon, on his own for the last 7 years. He never planned on raising him alone but fate just hasn't been on his side when it comes to finding someone to spend the rest of their lives with. Enter Callie. She is the complete opposite of what he thinks he needs in his life. But then he sees her connect with Br Callie Quinn is a wanderer. She never stays in one place for very long. Putting down roots is always the furthest thing from her mind. Davis Carter is a widower who has been raising his son, Brandon, on his own for the last 7 years. He never planned on raising him alone but fate just hasn't been on his side when it comes to finding someone to spend the rest of their lives with. Enter Callie. She is the complete opposite of what he thinks he needs in his life. But then he sees her connect with Brandon in a way that he has never been able to do. Is this fate's way of telling him to take another chance on love? No one is more shocked than Callie when she arrives in Lenox and meets the town's favorite animal whisperer and starts feeling things she has never felt before. But this just can't happen. She's not built to be the forever kind of gal. But the more time she spends with Davis and Brandon, the more she starts to think maybe... just maybe this can work. But just when things start to move forward between Callie and Davis, the past rears it's ugly head and has Callie second guessing what her heart wants. Can Davis get her to open her heart and her mind? Can he help her to realize that the past does not control our future? That we are the ones in charge of our own destiny? How can he get her to see that if she wants something then she needs to reach out, grab it and hold on tight. Then, and only then, can they move forward and get their happily ever after. Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVED this book! If anyone deserves a HEA, it's definitely Callie and Davis! These two have been through so much in their lives and continue to put others before themselves. They bring out the best in the other and couldn't be more perfect together! I enjoyed watching their journeys as individuals, a couple and a family. The feels are definitely real my friends! The Love in Lenox series is definitely one of my favorites that will be read over and over and over again! I love it that much! Ms. Deese has definitely earned her spot on my favorite authors list! I honestly don't even read synopsis's anymore... I just auto buy the books! And she never disappoints! She really is an amazing and talented writer! And of course I couldn't forget my casting! For those of you who have read it, I'm sorry! I just couldn't resist! This was just too perfect! ;) Hehe. What do you think?
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    A New Shade of Summer is a vibrant and truly gorgeous novel that was such a delight to read. Callie has spent her life on the road, moving from one art commission to the next, relishing her freedom. The only place she ever returns to is Lenox, the home of her sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. They are the reason for her visit to the charming town this summer. She certainly doesn't expect to kindle an attraction to local vet Davis, nor form a bond with his twelve-year-old son, and budding A New Shade of Summer is a vibrant and truly gorgeous novel that was such a delight to read. Callie has spent her life on the road, moving from one art commission to the next, relishing her freedom. The only place she ever returns to is Lenox, the home of her sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. They are the reason for her visit to the charming town this summer. She certainly doesn't expect to kindle an attraction to local vet Davis, nor form a bond with his twelve-year-old son, and budding artist, Brandon. But if Callie isn't used to risking her heart, nor of dreaming of a future that involves staying in one place, is it worth building a relationship?When Callie first meets Davis, it's not the best time for either of them. Davis has just learnt of his son's most recent truancy and Callie has just taken part in a paint fight with her niece and nephew. But while their first impressions might not have started them on the right foot, a stray dog soon changes their path. Callie and Davis's relationship journey just felt so natural. Every moment was a delight, even when they faced challenges. There are many beautiful relationship journeys in this book. Most notable, perhaps is Davis's relationship with his son Brandon. What was once a strong father-son bond has eroded over the past year, and Davis isn't sure what step to take next. Callie helps mend the riff, through art, compassion, patience, and understanding. There is so much to enjoy about this book. I especially loved that it was written in alternating chapters from both Callie and Davis's perspective. They are such different people - Callie vibrant, free-spirited and spontaneous, while Davis is more ordered and logical. Their characters came across so clearly and were so unique. It was really fun watching them connect and break through the barriers that might have prevented them from finding love. Combined with sweet romance, a strong sibling relationship between Callie and her sister, and fun moments spent enjoying the summer sunshine doing everything from kayaking to painting murals, this book celebrates love, family, and life.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Callie and Davis! I'm always a sucker for a man with a kid so it really wasn't surprising that I fell in love with Davis pretty quickly. And I loved the relationship that Callie had with her niece and nephew. I don't see mine enough for them to even really know me so I found her bond with hers extra special.I love Lenox. It is a wonderful little town. I really enjoyed getting back there to see some old friends briefly and of course to make new ones. This book has so many wonderful moment I loved Callie and Davis! I'm always a sucker for a man with a kid so it really wasn't surprising that I fell in love with Davis pretty quickly. And I loved the relationship that Callie had with her niece and nephew. I don't see mine enough for them to even really know me so I found her bond with hers extra special.I love Lenox. It is a wonderful little town. I really enjoyed getting back there to see some old friends briefly and of course to make new ones. This book has so many wonderful moments between many different groups of people. I really liked all the different dynamics of this book. I especially was fond of the moments with Callie's sister and brother-in-law. It is always wonderful to find an author who isn't afraid to tackle difficult conversations between her characters. This book covered quite a few of those including but not necessarily limited to death, divorce, grief, and parent/child relationships. None of those are easy topics but Deese handled them beautifully. I really enjoyed watching relationships blossom in this book. Deese doesn't sugar coat anything and reminds her readers that hard times happen but that they can also be overcome!And of course the romance was wonderful. There were a few scenes that were quite sizzling! I love her ability to write those scenes but never cross a line to where the book becomes even slightly inappropriate for Christian readers of any age. I love that a teenage girl could read this book and her parents wouldn't have any concerns. But if you love good kissing scenes then definitely pick up this one!Last but certainally not least. I love that Deese places a strong importance on her character's spiritual lives without coming across as preachy at all. I love Christian books that point readers to God while still leaving room for a great story!I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishCallie Quinn has utilized her artistic abilities to maintain a nomadic lifestyle. Learning the root of her choices and what she thinks of herself just made me love her more for her authenticity. Davis Carter is a devoted dad! He has a great support system even when his pride makes it uncomfortable to ask for help. Davis and Callie's personalities compliment one other so beautifully!I'll be revisiting this series for future pleasure reading and I highly recommend Full review on Faithfully BookishCallie Quinn has utilized her artistic abilities to maintain a nomadic lifestyle. Learning the root of her choices and what she thinks of herself just made me love her more for her authenticity. Davis Carter is a devoted dad! He has a great support system even when his pride makes it uncomfortable to ask for help. Davis and Callie's personalities compliment one other so beautifully!I'll be revisiting this series for future pleasure reading and I highly recommend it!I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher and later borrowed it through Kindle Unlimited. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy Leigh Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    It's no great surprise that Deese has irrevocably captured my heart yet again in Lenox. What was unexpected was how delightfully refreshed I felt every moment I soaked up this story, even through the moments heavy with loss and abandonment and heartache. The story was finely tuned and wonderfully fresh and surprising, but the characters are where Deese really dazzles. Davis is a man of tremendous heart and courage, weary from fighting the often loosing battles of parenthood, when in struts this It's no great surprise that Deese has irrevocably captured my heart yet again in Lenox. What was unexpected was how delightfully refreshed I felt every moment I soaked up this story, even through the moments heavy with loss and abandonment and heartache. The story was finely tuned and wonderfully fresh and surprising, but the characters are where Deese really dazzles. Davis is a man of tremendous heart and courage, weary from fighting the often loosing battles of parenthood, when in struts this effortlessly fun, and adorably quirky force of nature named Callie, who plows through all his plans and best intentions and gifts this wounded man with laughter and playfulness... and love seen from a new lens. What I love most about Nicole's writing is how it quickly it sinks into your bones, how seamlessly she kidnaps the reader and takes us on an unforgettable ride. A ride not packed with adrenaline and danger, but fueled by tenacity of spirit, resilience of heart, and an unending supply of hope. Yet another achingly beautiful tale from one of the best authors around. I dare you not to be moved. ~Amy Leigh Simpson, author of When Fall Fades and From Winter's Ashes
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "You're right. You probably shouldn't interfere." Callie Quinn has arrived in the peaceful town of Lenox, Oregon, eager to spend the summer with her sister's family. Having been contracted to paint a facade on a local bakery, Callie's occupation as a muralist takes her around the country, happily pulling her Tiny House behind her. When confronted with the father of her nephew's friend; after an unfortunate, but intentional adolescent miscommunication; Callie and Dr. "Storm Cloud" don't share pos "You're right. You probably shouldn't interfere." Callie Quinn has arrived in the peaceful town of Lenox, Oregon, eager to spend the summer with her sister's family. Having been contracted to paint a facade on a local bakery, Callie's occupation as a muralist takes her around the country, happily pulling her Tiny House behind her. When confronted with the father of her nephew's friend; after an unfortunate, but intentional adolescent miscommunication; Callie and Dr. "Storm Cloud" don't share positive first impressions. It takes a wounded stray dog, and a disgruntled teen to bring these two opposites into alignment. "The image of a wild haired woman with a half-painted face and a lack of personal boundaries", comes to mind when veterinarian Davis Carter meets Callie Quinn for the second time. Her free spirit and kind soul are surprisingly refreshing, and considering how much his son Brandon already likes the woman, Davis realizes he may have misjudged her during their first round of acquaintance. How easily she slides into their lives, like she belongs . . . . or something. Sadly, Callie carries deep wounds and is convinced that long term relationships are not in her genetic package. Nicole Deese has clearly written a lovely story, with characters who are working through their own brokenness; hinting and hoping that freedom is loving and being loved, in any and all locations. I received a copy of this book from the publisher on via Net Galley. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    A New Shade of Summer is Nicole Deese's best book yet. I've seldom seen such a naturally-developed romance paced so perfectly. Avoiding cheap plot devices, Davis and Callie's story is authentic and oh-so-sweet.The alternating first person point of view works, allowing all the smart, funny interior thoughts to shine, and the reader to see into each character's soul.The minor characters are well-developed and given their own little storylines, which support and enrich the novel. The pieces of this A New Shade of Summer is Nicole Deese's best book yet. I've seldom seen such a naturally-developed romance paced so perfectly. Avoiding cheap plot devices, Davis and Callie's story is authentic and oh-so-sweet.The alternating first person point of view works, allowing all the smart, funny interior thoughts to shine, and the reader to see into each character's soul.The minor characters are well-developed and given their own little storylines, which support and enrich the novel. The pieces of this story - little bright spots, if you will - meld perfectly into a brilliant, unforgettable romance I did not want to end.
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    Solid, dependable, serious, stable, single dad, great veterinarian and community member – This is what others thought of when they thought of Davis. He did too. Yet, there were times he felt like his world was starting to unravel. You see, he had a pre-teen son and life just started to become crazy. What was he doing wrong, how could he get their life back to normal?All this changed when their world collided with Callie coming to town.Artsy, free-spirit, dreamer, wild-haired Irish gypsy – Those Solid, dependable, serious, stable, single dad, great veterinarian and community member – This is what others thought of when they thought of Davis. He did too. Yet, there were times he felt like his world was starting to unravel. You see, he had a pre-teen son and life just started to become crazy. What was he doing wrong, how could he get their life back to normal?All this changed when their world collided with Callie coming to town.Artsy, free-spirit, dreamer, wild-haired Irish gypsy – Those were the names people thought of when they thought of Callie. She did too. She believed she was a drifter, just like her father. Someone who “wasn’t created to be boxed in or limited by anyone or anything.” "A Fire Dancer.”Her life started to change when she met Davis and his son. There’s a quote in this book which went deep into my soul, “If our decisions are based on false beliefs, then we’ll never experience the life we’re meant to live – the life God has in store for us.” Wow! Nicole Deese has written a sweet story of acceptance, forgiveness, loss and love. There is drama, humor, colorful and whimsical word pictures. Ms. Deese truly has a wonderful way with words.I highly recommend you pick this book up, and read it. It just might change your way of looking at thing. I was given this book by the author for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A New Shade of Summer ( Love in Lenox )By: Nicole DeeseWow, What a story, I absolutely loved it. I have read one other book by Nicole Deese , but hopefully I will be reading more by this wonderful author. Love her writing and she captured my heart right at the start and I was hooked. I did not want to put it down. The story and the characters, both were easy to read and well developed. Callie an artistic and she wanders from place to place. She comes to visit her sister and family for the summer A New Shade of Summer ( Love in Lenox )By: Nicole DeeseWow, What a story, I absolutely loved it. I have read one other book by Nicole Deese , but hopefully I will be reading more by this wonderful author. Love her writing and she captured my heart right at the start and I was hooked. I did not want to put it down. The story and the characters, both were easy to read and well developed. Callie an artistic and she wanders from place to place. She comes to visit her sister and family for the summer. Davis, is a widower father of a preteen son, Brandon. Brandon plays a big role in A New Shade of Summer. I felt slo sorry for him and at times I had tears in my eyes. Sparks fly between Callie and Davis , but can both of them surrender fears to find love. These two have so much going against them. Would love to read more stories from Lenox. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author, Publisher, and NetGalley, but I was not told that I had to give a positive review.
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  • Deborah Andreasen
    January 1, 1970
    I would first like to start off by thanking the author. Thank you for those late nights, hiding under the covers so I don't wake up my husband. Thanks for filling my quiet mornings while my kids are off at school. Thanks for giving me something to do so I don't have to look at the piling dishes and dirty laundry.It had been a while since I read the other Love in Lenox books, so I was worried I'd be confused. I wasn't. Early on I took a liking to the main character, Callie. She was sweet and genu I would first like to start off by thanking the author. Thank you for those late nights, hiding under the covers so I don't wake up my husband. Thanks for filling my quiet mornings while my kids are off at school. Thanks for giving me something to do so I don't have to look at the piling dishes and dirty laundry.It had been a while since I read the other Love in Lenox books, so I was worried I'd be confused. I wasn't. Early on I took a liking to the main character, Callie. She was sweet and genuine. She was whimsical and free and fun. But at the same time, I could almost sense her unwillingness to commit, and it made me (as a reader) not want to give her too much of my reader love. What if she did something to hurt the other characters I had come to care about? Would I be able to forgive her?I know. She's fictional. But I get really attached to characters. Don't judge.The further in I got, the more nervous I became. But I needn't have worried. Davis is a big boy and can handle his own problems. And he does. Like a champ. And Davis. You well-meaning hunk, you. Life is hard for the single-father, small town, widower vet. And his pre-teen son, Brandon, doesn't make any easier on him. Like I said, Davis is well-meaning, but some of this actions hurt and he doesn't even realize it. I felt for him. I really did. As a parent, sometimes my actions bite me on the behind and I think, "What the heck was I thinking?" So I feel you, Davis. I feel you.All in all, this was an AMAZING read. I loved being in Lenox in the summer. I loved Callie and I loved Davis. I wasn't sure I'd love them together, but I do! Like salt and watermelon. Who knew? (Ok, seriously, not everyone will love salt and watermelon, but you get what I mean. Two things - or people - can be really good together, even if you never saw it coming.) It was a sweet, Christian romance. I was so thankful for the example of Callie's older sister, Clem, who was there to be a rock, but also show the vulnerable human side of all of us. No one is perfect.There were lots of laughs, loves and tears. And a few surprises. One big doozy that made me gol (gasp out loud). LOVED IT! Please write more, you amazing author, you!
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic!!I loved evening about this book. The characters had depth and personality with a fantastic arc of growth. I just loved them. This story left me completely satisfied and happy. This author is one of my favorites!
  • Kara Isaac
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Deese at her usual level of awesomeness :)
  • Kathryn Voss
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! Nicole Deese's skill in writing is outstanding, from her exquisite characters to her storyline filled with a depth and complexity that kept me riveted until the end.Although this is the third book in the Lenox series, I was able to jump right in without having read the previous two. However, now I'm anxious to get my hands on those! I was completely captured by the plot Deese created, which was brimming with humor, grief, life, and love. This is a story I will not s I absolutely loved this book! Nicole Deese's skill in writing is outstanding, from her exquisite characters to her storyline filled with a depth and complexity that kept me riveted until the end.Although this is the third book in the Lenox series, I was able to jump right in without having read the previous two. However, now I'm anxious to get my hands on those! I was completely captured by the plot Deese created, which was brimming with humor, grief, life, and love. This is a story I will not soon forget, as the characters filled my head and heart. I am confident this book will resonate with those who read it. It's a treasure, guaranteed to leave you with a lasting impression! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Rosalyn
    January 1, 1970
    This book! 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 This book! 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!
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    Deese’s writing style is so full of life and heart, charming you from the very first page and keeping you hooked until the last word. And even then, you find yourself frantically shaking the book, hoping more pages fall out, because you aren’t ready for it to be over.Such is the case with A New Shade of Summer. Callie is one of my fave heroines this year, even though we have absolutely nothing in common. Except for our mutual appreciation of Davis (yummy) … and our cool-aunting skills. So, clear Deese’s writing style is so full of life and heart, charming you from the very first page and keeping you hooked until the last word. And even then, you find yourself frantically shaking the book, hoping more pages fall out, because you aren’t ready for it to be over.Such is the case with A New Shade of Summer. Callie is one of my fave heroines this year, even though we have absolutely nothing in common. Except for our mutual appreciation of Davis (yummy) … and our cool-aunting skills. So, clearly that makes us best buds. And Davis… did I mention how yummy he is? Single dad. Veterinarian. Chapter 19 (trust me). Flirty when it counts, sincere when needed. A good friend. A good kisser (I’m assuming. Callie sure wasn’t complaining). Add in a quaint small town, a lovable dog, a larger than life best friend, a trio of tweens, and a couple of emotional subplots … you’ve got yourself a book that’s impossible to put down.Undergirding the story is a beautifully-woven tapestry of themes that will hit you in all the feels. Grief, abandonment, marital strain, prickly family dynamics. Each of these wounds leaves at least one character broken on the inside, and when seen through an equally broken lens life could look very bleak indeed. But when seen through God’s eyes, when given a new pair of life-viewing glasses, we see the subtleties we had previously missed. The brushstrokes of God’s masterpiece portrait of our lives. Nicole Deese tucks this truth gently and authentically into the story, especially in one particular scene that will take your breath away.Bottom Line: A New Shade of Summer is fun and romantic and heartfelt. Deese’s witty and endearing characters move right on into your heart, Callie’s tiny house hooked up to the trailer hitch. You will fall in love with Davis and Callie and their romance for sure, but you will also readily embrace the rest of the supporting players as well. Deese avoids cliches and trite caricatures, yet this story feels familiar in all the best ways – like a warm hug after a long journey home. If you’ve never read a book by this author, you are missing out!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    A New Shade of Summer, by Nicole Deese, is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary fiction novel that simply sparkles with amiable charm and refreshing originality. Never dull or digressive, the warm and inviting plot of the novel is well-paced and truly engaging. Written from the point of view of the two main characters, the story flows effortlessly between their individual perspectives fully immersing the reader in the thoughts, feelings, motivations, and desires of the characters themselves. Like A New Shade of Summer, by Nicole Deese, is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary fiction novel that simply sparkles with amiable charm and refreshing originality. Never dull or digressive, the warm and inviting plot of the novel is well-paced and truly engaging. Written from the point of view of the two main characters, the story flows effortlessly between their individual perspectives fully immersing the reader in the thoughts, feelings, motivations, and desires of the characters themselves. Like the dancing colors of a multi-hued sunset, the themes of adversity, faith, perseverance, redemption, and romance mingle together to paint a relatable story that is full of heart and authenticity. Though it certainly can be enjoyed easily as a stand-alone novel, A New Shade of Summer is a thoroughly delightful addition to Nicole Deese’s absolutely wonderful “Love in Lenox” series. With its witty dialogue, endearing characters, and effervescent charm, A New Shade of Summer easily captured my devoted attention from the very first sentence straight through to the last. With her remarkable writing talent and gift for story-telling, Nicole Deese has once again crafted a novel that will linger in my heart for a very long while. A New Shade of Summer is a book I wholeheartedly recommend to all readers who take delight in outstanding works of contemporary fiction.*I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. The honest opinions I have written in this review, whether positive or negative, are entirely my own.
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  • Sara Derscheid
    January 1, 1970
    Every time a favorite author comes out with a new release, I hold my breath because I’m never sure how long their “awesome” streak will last. I’m here to say, Nicole Deese is still forging ahead with fantastic reads. Her latest, “A New Shade of Summer”, came to me at a time when I had struggled through a couple books that required a little more concentration than usual. “A New Shade of Summer” was like a breath of fresh air—easy to read, easy to understand, easy dialogue, just the right amount o Every time a favorite author comes out with a new release, I hold my breath because I’m never sure how long their “awesome” streak will last. I’m here to say, Nicole Deese is still forging ahead with fantastic reads. Her latest, “A New Shade of Summer”, came to me at a time when I had struggled through a couple books that required a little more concentration than usual. “A New Shade of Summer” was like a breath of fresh air—easy to read, easy to understand, easy dialogue, just the right amount of details vs conversation, and the list goes on. But even with all the “easy”, this book had substance and life lessons interspersed throughout. It’s not all fluff, like my description may suggest. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Deese’s work, this would be a great intro—even though it’s the third book in a series, I think you can easily read it alone (and I don’t typically advocate that). If you have already been introduced to Ms. Deese, let me assure you, this book is no different than her others. You’ll want to add this to your TBR pile/list immediately.
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  • Connilyn Cossette
    January 1, 1970
    With her unique blend of sweet romance, vibrant humor, and heartwarming inspiration Nicole has once again created a story that manages to make the reader laugh, cry, and sigh with satisfaction at the turn of the last page. Freewheeling artist Callie is my favorite of Nicole's heroines so far and Davis is a swoon-worthy single dad/veterinarian who just can't resist her colorful ways. A beautiful story of healing that will draw you in from page one!
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh, bliss! Nicole Deese has delivered a story that’s both entertaining and heartwarming, and coupled it with a romance that is the perfect blend of sweet and swoony. What more could you ask for?From the moment Callie Quinn appeared on the page, her ‘freckles happily populating under the sun’s intoxicating rays’, I knew I would like her. But when she asserted that ‘front doors were for conventional relatives only’ I was completely sold! (Just secretly, I think she might be my favourite of Nicole Ahh, bliss! Nicole Deese has delivered a story that’s both entertaining and heartwarming, and coupled it with a romance that is the perfect blend of sweet and swoony. What more could you ask for?From the moment Callie Quinn appeared on the page, her ‘freckles happily populating under the sun’s intoxicating rays’, I knew I would like her. But when she asserted that ‘front doors were for conventional relatives only’ I was completely sold! (Just secretly, I think she might be my favourite of Nicole Deese’s characters to date. But, shhhh!) Callie is the ‘fun auntie’: vivacious and colourful (literally as well as figuratively!), and she loves the freedom of her life as an itinerant artist. But coming to stay with her sister’s family and then meeting the more staid and considerably less artistic Davis Carter challenges the way she views herself, and ultimately, how she defines freedom.Davis Carter was the perfect counterbalance for Callie, and my heart couldn’t help going out to him as a single father. He works full time, he’s struggling to work out how to parent a teenage son who’s become emotionally distant and difficult to handle, and he’s trying to head off interference from the parents of his late wife. He’s not perfect, but he is genuine, both in wanting to do what’s best for Brandon, and in the way he handles the emotionally charged situation between his son and his in-laws. And really, he’s as good for Callie as she is for him!This a perfectly balanced contemporary romance, with heart, soul, and a whole lot of colour!I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Courtney Vorel
    January 1, 1970
    Oh I so did not want this book to end!!! I fell in love with these characters and their journeys. Single dad and widower Davis and artistic teenage son Brandon will steal your heart. Kind, creative, fun-loving Callie will make you smile. Throw in a rescued pup and your heart will be bursting. Deese has done it again- great characters and a storyline that leaves you wanting more!
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Another page-turning read from one of my favorite authors! As always, Nicole Deese presents a cast of multidimensional characters with emotions that scream off the page and into readers' hearts. One of the main themes in this story was color, and I especially loved the sensational heroine, Callie.
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  • Bhriv
    January 1, 1970
    A New Shade of Summer, written by Nicole Deese, is another lovely book from Love in Lenox that you don't want to miss!I love the way Deese writes! When I started reading this book, I knew it wasn't going to be easy to go to bed before it was done! Amazingly written in such a way that the reader not only sees with their eyes but with their heart. The characters of Callie and Davis are characters who could be you or me. They struggle, they don't trust, and then when they finally see what's before A New Shade of Summer, written by Nicole Deese, is another lovely book from Love in Lenox that you don't want to miss!I love the way Deese writes! When I started reading this book, I knew it wasn't going to be easy to go to bed before it was done! Amazingly written in such a way that the reader not only sees with their eyes but with their heart. The characters of Callie and Davis are characters who could be you or me. They struggle, they don't trust, and then when they finally see what's before them, they learn that they can love, can accept, can trust. My favorite character...Davis. He got the raw end of the deal in A Season to Love...but somehow in all the heartbreak that he's had in his life, he might just be able to see the gold at the end of the rainbow. A beautiful Christian romance that isn't preachy but has inspiration woven through the pages seasoned with love and faith. I received A New Shade of Summer as an ARC from the author. I recommend this book for teens on up...anyone who has loved and lost, doubted and ran away, looked and didn't see should read this love story!
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  • Amy Binkerd
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Deese never disappoints! What I loved most about this book, is that it tackled the topic of the power of definitive words spoken over us. I'm not talking about the "words hurt" movement that seems to be going on right now. I'm talking, things spoken over us from people that we love and trust, that wound deep. We often find our identity in relationships, and when those relationships hurt or disappoint us, we find ourselves reeling. We begin to question everything we though we knew about ou Nicole Deese never disappoints! What I loved most about this book, is that it tackled the topic of the power of definitive words spoken over us. I'm not talking about the "words hurt" movement that seems to be going on right now. I'm talking, things spoken over us from people that we love and trust, that wound deep. We often find our identity in relationships, and when those relationships hurt or disappoint us, we find ourselves reeling. We begin to question everything we though we knew about ourselves. Thankfully, we have a Father who puts other people in our paths to help counteract those moments, to show us that our identity should be found in Him.A New Shade of Summer tackles this topic with grace and love! Nicole is so good about making her story follow the "love sandwich" rule! We love it, then we get frustrated, then we love it again. Kudos Nicole on another great book!
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Deese writes another heartwarming story of faith and love set in the town of Lennox. The author weaves a wonderful tale of a small town widowed veterinarian, Davis and his almost teenage son, Brandon who are struggling in their relationship. Enter a beautiful, free spirited artist Callie, who brings some much needed creativity and energy into their lives and helps them find their way back to each other. This story focuses on the importance of family, particularly the relationship we have Nicole Deese writes another heartwarming story of faith and love set in the town of Lennox. The author weaves a wonderful tale of a small town widowed veterinarian, Davis and his almost teenage son, Brandon who are struggling in their relationship. Enter a beautiful, free spirited artist Callie, who brings some much needed creativity and energy into their lives and helps them find their way back to each other. This story focuses on the importance of family, particularly the relationship we have with our fathers. I just loved these characters and enjoyed every page of this novel, I could not put it down.. What I appreciated the most was how the author genuinely portrayed a family of flawed characters who through their commitment and faith persevered through difficulties and misunderstandings and found love and restoration. I voluntarily received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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