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

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  295 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews

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 littl

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Waterfall Press (first published September 2017)
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Katie W
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Monzon
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 ...more
Dana Michael
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, LOVE this book! Can you hear the hallelujah choir singing literary affirmation in the background? Because that's how much I love this book! Callie charmed me and Davis sent me into a tailspin of euphoric hero-worship! I mean, really, an animal whispering veterinarian?! Be still my heart. And there's a character I really loved to an unrepentantly venomous way. There are certain times when a reader just needs to be filled with a good fury of righteous indignation on behalf ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved everything 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!
Krystina Rankin
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
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
Kathy Jo
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
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Denise Hershberger
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Beth Erin
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Callie 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
Amy Leigh Simpson
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
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
Kara Isaac
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Deese at her usual level of awesomeness :)
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A New Shade of Summer ( Love in Lenox )
By: Nicole Deese
Wow, 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 is a great addition to the Love in Lenox series. It is the third book in the series, however, just as it is with the other two books, this story can be enjoyed as a stand alone. There are characters from previous books that appear in this one, but the story line is strong on its own. I do recommend the whole series, however, as these books are just so enjoyable!

I have listened to all three of the Love in Lenox books on audio and have really liked them. A New Shade of Summer
Kathryn Voss
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
4.5 stars!

By the end I loved it!

So to start I was not impressed because I was not fan of Davis from book 2. However I have to say I was introduced to a new shade of Davis and I now love him.

Callie and Davis were an odd match but it really worked!

I loved the topics that Nicole included in this story: abandonment issues, rebellious preTeen, dealing with unresolved issues, unanswered prayer, healing, bereavement and salvation.

I loved “the glasses” :)

I have to say I missed Weston and Alex but
Deborah Andreasen
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
E. Espinoza
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-fiction
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 ...more
Sara Derscheid
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Connilyn Cossette
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!
Fiction Aficionado
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Courtney Vorel
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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Nicole Deese’s eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award Winning A Season to Love and the 2018 RITA Award finalist A New Shade of Summer, both from her best-selling Love in Lenox Series.When she's not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading while sipping a mango La Croix by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Paci ...more
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