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Danger: Heartbreak ahead! Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doe Danger: Heartbreak ahead! Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doesn’t deserve him, but how can she pretend she’s immune to Cy’s charms? As her past explodes into her present, Piper knows they can never have a future together. But with their irresistible chemistry drawing them even closer than before, how will she be able to walk away a second time?


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Danger: Heartbreak ahead! Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doe Danger: Heartbreak ahead! Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doesn’t deserve him, but how can she pretend she’s immune to Cy’s charms? As her past explodes into her present, Piper knows they can never have a future together. But with their irresistible chemistry drawing them even closer than before, how will she be able to walk away a second time?

30 review for Sailing in Style

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    What a delightful small town! And such a colorful group of characters, from Cy and Piper all the way to Peaches the parakeet. I really enjoyed the journey in this small town, and I am glad to say this book is squeaky clean...no cussing, no crude innuendo, and a sum total of three kisses. Classic romance without the smut, and a story I am happy to recommend. It made it even better to have a mystery about a ghost and disappearing valuables as a side plot, too!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    It was such a pleasure to return to the town of Tumbledown, California. Sailing in Style is book two in the Love by Design series. If you haven’t read book one, don’t worry, this one can stand on its own. But, if you have read Return to Pelican Inn, you will enjoy revisiting characters from the first book. Sailing in Style contains a touching love story and explores some deep fears and hurts. The main characters, Cy and Piper, have a prior broken relationship together. Both are heartsick about wh It was such a pleasure to return to the town of Tumbledown, California. Sailing in Style is book two in the Love by Design series. If you haven’t read book one, don’t worry, this one can stand on its own. But, if you have read Return to Pelican Inn, you will enjoy revisiting characters from the first book. Sailing in Style contains a touching love story and explores some deep fears and hurts. The main characters, Cy and Piper, have a prior broken relationship together. Both are heartsick about what happened in the past and are now forced to work together on the River King. These two must traverse a rough road, filled with many painful memories from the past. I thought the author did a great job with their relationship. There is a bit of light mystery flowing through the story that will keep the reader on their toes, some great history about the river boat, and quirky side characters that brought a smile to my face. Sailing in Style was a fun, sweet story. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can read this review on my blog at: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin E. Mason

    What a comedy of calamities! How can so many things go wrong in the span of a few days? But sometimes God throws things our way (or allows things to happen) to nudge us back on the path He has set for us. Ms. Mentink has sure done that with Piper and Cy!! As both an Interior Designer (by degree) and an actor (by passion) this story was doubly fun for me. Piper’s enthusiasm for her craft was contagious. Her fear of relationship, though, was beyond aggravating! (Even though I get her reasons.) Cy—lo What a comedy of calamities! How can so many things go wrong in the span of a few days? But sometimes God throws things our way (or allows things to happen) to nudge us back on the path He has set for us. Ms. Mentink has sure done that with Piper and Cy!! As both an Interior Designer (by degree) and an actor (by passion) this story was doubly fun for me. Piper’s enthusiasm for her craft was contagious. Her fear of relationship, though, was beyond aggravating! (Even though I get her reasons.) Cy—love the names in this story—trying with all his might to untangle his heart from Piper’s. And the Belles!! What a hoot they were! I knew early on, though, that Flo wasn’t who she seemed. But I didn’t expect the answer to be what it was! Touché, Ms. Mentink. Touché! I fell deeper and deeper into this story with every page, waiting to see who [SPOILER] and hoping it wasn’t [SPOILER.] ROBIN’S FEATHERS FOUR FEATHERS This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reactions to this book. #Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Monday, #TRD, Book Review, Sailing in Style, Dana Mentink, A Love by Design Book, Return to Pelican Inn

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This entertaining, see-sawing, yo-yoing, delightfully comedic story was a little hard to take seriously until serious feelings between two star-crossed lovers seemed doomed to go up in smoke again. . . . and again . .. and again. Aspiring actress Piper Brindle is not about to let her chance at stardom go overboard when her almost fiance appears as a guest aboard the historic River King riverboat. Cy Franco cannot believe his own eyes when he spies Piper Brindle peeping through his tiny port hole This entertaining, see-sawing, yo-yoing, delightfully comedic story was a little hard to take seriously until serious feelings between two star-crossed lovers seemed doomed to go up in smoke again. . . . and again . .. and again. Aspiring actress Piper Brindle is not about to let her chance at stardom go overboard when her almost fiance appears as a guest aboard the historic River King riverboat. Cy Franco cannot believe his own eyes when he spies Piper Brindle peeping through his tiny port hole; a ghost from his past, a figment of his imagination, wasn't she? She had to be. When Cy is forced to use his interior design capabilities to restore portions of the aging ship(due to a little water-left-running-in-his-cabin incident), Piper and her once-thieving Uncle Boris, seem to be everywhere; even staying as guests in his family inn, while Piper strives to impress a conniving talent scout with her theater skills aboard ship. Calamity seems to follow the couple at every turn, personal possessions go missing from the ships's guests, a beloved family member nearly loses his life, and an historic mystery waits to be solved. Will this second chance at love receive a round of applause or have too many miscues been spoken for Piper and Cy to be anything but a miserable dress rehearsal? There is quite a bit of adventure within the pages of "Sailing in Style".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Loved this story! And this is coming from someone who does not typically read Harlequin Romance novels! Read my full review Loved this story! And this is coming from someone who does not typically read Harlequin Romance novels! Read my full review

  6. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    Sailing In Style | Dana Mentink Marathon Christian Fiction, Inspirational, marathon, Romance, series August 5, 2015 Leave a comment Today I am reviewing Sailing in Style, the second book in the Love By Design series, by Dana Mentink. Here is a brief synopsis: Danger: Heartbreak ahead! Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended Sailing In Style | Dana Mentink Marathon Christian Fiction, Inspirational, marathon, Romance, series August 5, 2015 Leave a comment Today I am reviewing Sailing in Style, the second book in the Love By Design series, by Dana Mentink. Here is a brief synopsis: Danger: Heartbreak ahead! Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doesn’t deserve him, but how can she pretend she’s immune to Cy’s charms? As her past explodes into her present, Piper knows they can never have a future together. But with their irresistible chemistry drawing them even closer than before, how will she be able to walk away a second time? MY THOUGHTS: I REALLY LOVE THIS SERIES! Romance… Intrigue… Danger… Laughter… Yes, I know I said that about the first book, but it really applies to this one, too. Dana Mentink is an amazing writer; her characters are some of the best I’ve read. Picture this… Cy is in his stateroom — on the historic River King — when he sees Piper outside his porthole! I won’t tell you who Piper is… or what happens next, but suffice it to say — Cy is absolutely SHOCKED! Dana Mentink goes above and beyond with the action, intrigue and excitement in this story. Although many of the characters from book one are here, there are many new characters — who add lots of spice and charm to the story. I won’t say much more or reveal any spoilers, but let me assure you — this is a great story! This is a really great series! And I’m hoping more sequels will be written in the future… What happens with Cy and Piper? You should really get a copy of Sailing In Style — and find out for yourself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Sailing in Style is the second book in the Love by Design series, and I have to say it is one of my favorite Heartwarming books to date. This one really struck a chord with me. I had a wonderful time aboard the old River King, a paddle-wheel riverboat, along with the menagerie of characters in the book. I laughed, I pondered, I imagined, I hoped....I was pleasantly engrossed in the story to the final page, which of course ended satisfyingly sweet.  Dana Mentink's suspense-writer instincts are a l Sailing in Style is the second book in the Love by Design series, and I have to say it is one of my favorite Heartwarming books to date. This one really struck a chord with me. I had a wonderful time aboard the old River King, a paddle-wheel riverboat, along with the menagerie of characters in the book. I laughed, I pondered, I imagined, I hoped....I was pleasantly engrossed in the story to the final page, which of course ended satisfyingly sweet.  Dana Mentink's suspense-writer instincts are a little evident in this book and I LOVED that. There are so many great facets to this novel, and the romance aspect is but one of them. In it we find a run-down historic riverboat in desperate need of some TLC, a crook, a bit of intrigue, a legend, a mystery, former lovers, a celebrity wannabe, sweet old feisty women, a parakeet named Peaches, and my old pal Baggy the dog, the lovable, pitiful creature that resembles a mole or something.  The characters truly run the gamut, and this made the story both fun and exciting. I enjoy a book that I can't wait to get back to.  The author accomplishes this by finishing off each chapter at a fever pitch, leaving you in anticipation of what's to follow. It was a romance book, yes, but oh so much more. It was like I was watching a good movie in my mind. Dana Mentink has a way with words that I easily relate to. Her comedic voice resonates with me and I think that's why I have an affinity for her books, and each one seems to just get better and better. Sailing in Style exceeded my expectations and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance plus a whole lot more.  Thank you Dana Mentink for a copy of this much beloved book. I have provided an honest review in return.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Valri Western

    What a charming book this was! All the characters in this book were so fun to get to know! I didn't read the first book in this series but I could still figure out who was who, so this could definitely be read as a stand alone book. The main characters, Cy and Piper, were interesting. They were in a relationship previously but it ended badly when Piper left Cy on the day Cy was going to propose! Imagine Cy's surprise when he sees Piper peeping through his tiny porthole on the historic steamboat, What a charming book this was! All the characters in this book were so fun to get to know! I didn't read the first book in this series but I could still figure out who was who, so this could definitely be read as a stand alone book. The main characters, Cy and Piper, were interesting. They were in a relationship previously but it ended badly when Piper left Cy on the day Cy was going to propose! Imagine Cy's surprise when he sees Piper peeping through his tiny porthole on the historic steamboat, River King!!! He can't imagine why Piper is back in town and runs down the hall trying to find her, only to leave the water running in his room which floods everything and causes extensive damage, therefore making him, as a designer, having to redecorate the historic boat! Piper is an aspiring actress but she has a family with a checkered past and has been trying to live it down all her life. She just wants to "hit the big time" so she feels valued for herself but so many things keep happening to block that goal for her. There are so many secondary characters which are delightful and add a lot to the story! I enjoyed all of them. There is also a mystery going on throughout the book when items continue to go missing on the boat. So, there is romance, a mystery, redecorating and family struggles and triumphs. It is a delightful book to read! Enjoy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie

    I loved this book! It's quirky, funny with romance and suspense! Cy Franco is on the riverboat, the River King, to attend his sister's wedding. All is well until he looks into his mirror and sees the last person he thought to see ever again, his ex-girlfriend, Piper. She is an actress, to be in an upcoming play on the River King as well hoping to be discovered. Cy was on the verge of asking Piper to marry him, but her past got in the way and she broke his heart. Cy is a interior designer and co- I loved this book! It's quirky, funny with romance and suspense! Cy Franco is on the riverboat, the River King, to attend his sister's wedding. All is well until he looks into his mirror and sees the last person he thought to see ever again, his ex-girlfriend, Piper. She is an actress, to be in an upcoming play on the River King as well hoping to be discovered. Cy was on the verge of asking Piper to marry him, but her past got in the way and she broke his heart. Cy is a interior designer and co-owner of Dollars and Sense, with his sister, Rosa. He thinks that after the wedding, Piper will be out of his life, but since he accidentally caused damage to the River King, the owner wants him to fix it or else! Now he'll have to be around Piper until he repairs the King. Can they get past the pain and distrust from their breakup, her shame of her family's thieving past and Cy's worry over his ailing father? Plus, they have to deal with a non-people person boss, a cute but strange love between a dog and a bird and what about the ghost? Can they find love again? I was given a copy of the book for a honest review and I believe I have done that. If you're looking for a clean, fun, summer read, this is the book for you!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancee

    Aboard the steamboat River King Inn we are introduced to several quirky characters, some with questionable backgrounds and motives and others who'll warm your heart. I was immediately fond of Cy, a work driven, tender hearted, lonely young man who carries a load of heartache that refuses to let him go. His past love, Piper, is a frustrating young woman who is goal driven to become an actress at the expense of the one who loves her most. The setting is charming, and easily envisioned as a grand ol Aboard the steamboat River King Inn we are introduced to several quirky characters, some with questionable backgrounds and motives and others who'll warm your heart. I was immediately fond of Cy, a work driven, tender hearted, lonely young man who carries a load of heartache that refuses to let him go. His past love, Piper, is a frustrating young woman who is goal driven to become an actress at the expense of the one who loves her most. The setting is charming, and easily envisioned as a grand old relic of the past, with a possible resplendent future. Events throughout this story are fast paced and filled with mystery and intrigue. There are characters who warmed my heart, and others who are as irritating as a nasty fly! The balance of characters and events was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I found humor between the lines and was touched by the warmth generated by the author's approach to some very special family members. This is a wonderful weekend read filled with mysterious events and romance, a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and captivated throughout! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Open a book to adventure, romance, and so much more. Piper is reaching for a dream as an actresz, a cin man, reformed thief, Cy - remodeling a room - designer, and so much more. There are several romances. I like fact of questions and unsure before realizing none of it matters when you love each other. There are shows, a missing actress, mystery, suspense, and more. A man with one arm cooks. And description of food he serves is so delightful. There is a graveyard room full of treasures from the Open a book to adventure, romance, and so much more. Piper is reaching for a dream as an actresz, a cin man, reformed thief, Cy - remodeling a room - designer, and so much more. There are several romances. I like fact of questions and unsure before realizing none of it matters when you love each other. There are shows, a missing actress, mystery, suspense, and more. A man with one arm cooks. And description of food he serves is so delightful. There is a graveyard room full of treasures from the past. I invite you aboard the River King to uncover all the secrets.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda Presley

    It is my pleasure to have read and now give a review on Dana Mentink's second book in the Love by Design series. After his sister's wedding, Cy finds himself in a predicament that causes him to have to remain on the boat where is sister, Rosa, just got married. Because of an unforeseen accident he finds himself indebted to the boat's owner and must now redo the showroom/dining room on the boat. To complicate matters, he finds that his old girlfriend, Piper, who broke his heart also works on the It is my pleasure to have read and now give a review on Dana Mentink's second book in the Love by Design series. After his sister's wedding, Cy finds himself in a predicament that causes him to have to remain on the boat where is sister, Rosa, just got married. Because of an unforeseen accident he finds himself indebted to the boat's owner and must now redo the showroom/dining room on the boat. To complicate matters, he finds that his old girlfriend, Piper, who broke his heart also works on the ship as an entertainer. Piper has been trying to run from her family's criminal past and she just wants to get away from Cy, too. Cy is dealing with all this plus his Dad, who deserted Rosa and him after their mother died, is back and has a form of dementia and has married Aunt Bitsy. Dana is a master at unfolding the story with some mystery, romance and laughter thrown in. Baggy is back in all his glory with romance of his own. Don't miss this book and pick up a copy of Return to Pelican Inn if you haven't read it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    SAILING in STYLE I love this book….it has the water, the romance, the twists and turns, and a cozy community. A paddle boat, a hint of softer, less stressful times of yesteryear all make up the fabric of this book. Tumbledown is a sleepy little town that its name has been used by the author to present the reader with a clue to the characters, Cy and Piper, and what there are going thru in their lives. The two meet and are perceptive enough to the see the spark in each other. Because of that sp SAILING in STYLE I love this book….it has the water, the romance, the twists and turns, and a cozy community. A paddle boat, a hint of softer, less stressful times of yesteryear all make up the fabric of this book. Tumbledown is a sleepy little town that its name has been used by the author to present the reader with a clue to the characters, Cy and Piper, and what there are going thru in their lives. The two meet and are perceptive enough to the see the spark in each other. Because of that spark, they may dream of a brighter future together. Because of her family’s past, will Piper throw away a chance to build a future with Cy? Will she be brave enough to have the life she has only dreamed about? Will Cy and Piper have a happy ever after or will each one remain silent and lose out on an opportunity for love a second-time around? Read this marvelous book to find out. Also, you will get to spend a delightful time with the Yellow Hat ladies. I was provided with a copy of this to provide an honest review. I have done that as I love the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Sailing in Style ( Love by a Design) BY: Dana Mentink I really enjoyed Sailing in Style, and Dana Mentink has did a fantastic job of penning her story and characters. I love the two main characters, Piper Brindle and Cy Franco. Piper is an ex-girlfriend of Cy. She is a performer and part of the entertainment on the Historic River King Paddle Boat. They both meet again on this old boat. Cy wants to stay as far away from Piper as he can get. She broke his heart once and he has never gotten over her. Sailing in Style ( Love by a Design) BY: Dana Mentink I really enjoyed Sailing in Style, and Dana Mentink has did a fantastic job of penning her story and characters. I love the two main characters, Piper Brindle and Cy Franco. Piper is an ex-girlfriend of Cy. She is a performer and part of the entertainment on the Historic River King Paddle Boat. They both meet again on this old boat. Cy wants to stay as far away from Piper as he can get. She broke his heart once and he has never gotten over her. Can they both work on the same boat and not run into each other? You will read of are twist, turns, mystery, even ghost, and romance in Sailing in Style. I laughed while reading this fantastic story. Will Piper and Cy go by their past history instead of their hearts? Dana kept me guessing right up till the end on how things would turn out. I sure an hoping that there will be a second book coming soon and maybe with some of the same characters from Sailing in Style.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Sailing in Style is actually book two in the Love By Design series, but I had no trouble at all following the story even though I had not read book one. This book is full of quirky characters, funny mishaps, romance, and even a bit of mystery. The main characters unexpectedly meet again in the beginning of the book and the reader is drawn into Cy and Piper's lives as they have to decide whether to give their relationship another try. Both of them have family issues they are working through and t Sailing in Style is actually book two in the Love By Design series, but I had no trouble at all following the story even though I had not read book one. This book is full of quirky characters, funny mishaps, romance, and even a bit of mystery. The main characters unexpectedly meet again in the beginning of the book and the reader is drawn into Cy and Piper's lives as they have to decide whether to give their relationship another try. Both of them have family issues they are working through and their own past relationship hurts to move past. What I have come to appreciate about a story by Dana Mentink is she can address issues of redemption, reconciliation, forgiveness, etc., but also make me laugh out loud as well. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Dana Mentink's Sailing In Style is a delightful, heartwarming read! Second in her Love By Design Series, it has a wonderfully conflicted hero and heroine plus tons of fun-loving, likable characters trying to reunite this quirky couple. Cynthia and Piper's chemistry pulls you into the story, and the humor, great writing, and just a touch of mystery kept me turning the pages. I also absolutely loved Baggy and Peaches and if you're an animal lover you will too! By the time I finished the book, I wa Dana Mentink's Sailing In Style is a delightful, heartwarming read! Second in her Love By Design Series, it has a wonderfully conflicted hero and heroine plus tons of fun-loving, likable characters trying to reunite this quirky couple. Cynthia and Piper's chemistry pulls you into the story, and the humor, great writing, and just a touch of mystery kept me turning the pages. I also absolutely loved Baggy and Peaches and if you're an animal lover you will too! By the time I finished the book, I wanted to join the characters on the historic River King! Another great novel from Dana Mentink.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This was the second book in the Love by Design series and I loved reading Cy's story. Both Cy and Piper came from broken families and I liked following their journey to find that just because something is broken, whether it is a boat, a family, or a relationship, it doesn't mean it can't be beautiful. I really enjoyed the bit of mystery and loved the way it turned out in the end. I would definitely recommend this book. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review This was the second book in the Love by Design series and I loved reading Cy's story. Both Cy and Piper came from broken families and I liked following their journey to find that just because something is broken, whether it is a boat, a family, or a relationship, it doesn't mean it can't be beautiful. I really enjoyed the bit of mystery and loved the way it turned out in the end. I would definitely recommend this book. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Lori Weller

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kymberlee

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olive Breece

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catharine Lessard

  23. 4 out of 5

    Terri

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Ireland

  25. 4 out of 5

    Connie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andi

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janice Sisemore

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heart warming

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