Thursday, August 10, 2023

Summer in the Spotlight by Liz Johnson: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

A hurricane may have destroyed her livelihood on Prince Edward Island, but she's determined to save her community

Kelsey Ahern has performed at the Victoria Playhouse on Prince Edward Island every summer since she was seven. But when a hurricane destroys the building, it's not just her memories that are in jeopardy. Her future as a teacher and drama coach are too. She teams up with Levi Ross, the facilities director at the high school, to produce a benefit show to raise money to rebuild the theater. He has a reputation for being able to fix anything, and Kelsey is sure there's more to the quiet man than meets the eye.

For his part, Levi has admired Kelsey for years, but he can't seem to find the words to tell her. When a popular weatherman arrives in town to cover the aftermath of the hurricane and takes an interest in Kelsey and her show, Levi realizes that the time has come to speak up--or lose the heart of the woman he longs for.

New York Times bestselling author Liz Johnson for a season of rebuilding, restoration, and romance with this final book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series.

By day Liz Johnson works in marketing. She finds time to write late at night and is a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at

Summer in the Spotlight is the third and final book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. While I think you might have a better understanding of Levi's family dynamics if you've read the previous books in the series, I do think that this would also read just fine as a standalone too. That said, this series is wonderful, and I'd certainly recommend reading them all! 

This book focuses on the last of the Ross brothers- Levi... and he might just be my favorite of the three! More than anything, this is probably because I relate to him in many ways as I've had similar struggles with speaking out loud (though mine was worse as a child, and not related to anything traumatic as Levi's is). This drew me into the story right away, but it was definitely the story that kept me there. It quite literally started off with a bang--- in the form of a hurricane! When the hurricane destroys the theater and threatens Kelsey's job, she and Levi work together to help save it. I just adored these two together. They both have their share of issues to work through, but I really enjoyed seeing their growth throughout the story... both as individuals and together. I couldn't help but root for them. 

While I was definitely sad to see this great series end, this was truly a great way to wrap it up! 


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