About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Looking for Leroy by Melody Carlson

Looking for Leroy

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.


This is a story of the best kind! It doesn't take long to read, there are some wonderful characters, and there is romance! Author Melody Carlson shares a tale of two people who met at a summer camp after their high school graduation. They enjoyed being together and never saw each other again! Is it possible that there might be embers left from a summer romance that ended 30 years ago? Can someone who suffered the pain of a cheating husband ever completely trust again? How about a widower who has raised three daughters and is fully committed to his family's vineyard in Sonoma, California? Is he ready to give his heart away one more time?

Much of this story revolves around memories of a special first love and the painful break-up that still hurts thirty years later. Brynna Phillips discovers that her visit to a Sonoma vineyard has unearthed the young man who stole her heart. Her initial reluctance to acknowledge her presence at Leroy Sorrentino's vineyard and her attempts to reconcile their past are often clumsy and misunderstood. Throw in adult daughters who don't want another woman in their father's life, and the situation seems hopeless!

I admit that I'm a Melody Carlson fan, so it's hard not to like her books. I truly enjoyed Looking for Leroy, and I was there, walking in the Sonoma Wine Country and viewing the beautiful scenery. I was totally invested in Brynna's confusion and attempts to do the right thing. I could feel Leroy's sense of needing something else in his life. Carlson depicts these emotions while weaving a faith element in her story. She convinces readers that forgiveness is necessary. A second chance at love is possible at any age. There truly is a chance for 'happily ever after'! If you enjoy contemporary romantic fiction, you will want to read Looking for Leroy.

This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews. A favorable review was never required.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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