Ghost of Summer - Sally Steward Ghost of Summer is breezy read and a perfect choice if you're looking to de-stress after a hectic day. It's a bit light on conflict but features one of my favorite romance plot lines: two childhood friends who rediscover love. Also helping this story along was the fact that the couple were regular, down-to-earth people and not super model heiresses and millionaire playboys.

The heroine's mother died when she was a child but because she loved her husband so deeply her soul remained alive and she returned to him in the form of a ghost. She will not find eternal rest until Kate finds her true love. Kate's parents scheme to bring her back home to the man they believe she is destined to love.

After receiving a very strange phone call from her father, Kate returns to her hometown to make sure that he's not losing him mind. The first person she encounters is Luke Rodgers, the man who broke her heart many years ago when he moved away and ignored her letters. Kate is now engaged to a man she doesn't love because she can't bear facing that type of hurt again. When she sees Luke all the old feelings return.

This is where the weak-ass conflict kicks in. Luke and Kate grew up together and were supposedly closer than two peas in a pod. When they were twelve Luke moved away, never to be heard from again. Because of this devastating loss at the ripe old age of twelve, neither has been able to trust themselves to love again and both have shut off their emotions. Ah hem. Really? I'm suppose to buy this? Maybe if I were still twelve. Nah, probably not even then.

Despite that nonsensical-ness I did enjoy this love story. The book concentrates on the couple as they rebuild their relationship and never gets off track or bogged down by extraneous subplots. This is one couple who plainly enjoy each others company and it was refreshing to read. The love story between Kate's parents was also well done and very touching.

If you're looking for a sweet, old-fashioned love story and are tired of villains who take up too much of the plot you'll probably like this one.