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The Perfect Love Song (edition 2019)
by Patti Callahan Henry (Author)
The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story by Patti Callahan Henry
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Not one of my favorites from this author but quick to read and a sweet escape. ( )
Palmetto Pointe, SC & Claddagh, Galway, Ireland, Contemporary (p.2010)
1 Country Music Singer
1 Doormat Fiancee
1 Love Song that is Appropriated as the Perfect Love Song
1 Hallmark movie in Novel Format
Unanticipated Fame Corrupting The True Meaning of
1 Pre-established Couple's (from Previous Book) Destination Wedding
Many references to an Important Character from the Previous Book
The Claddagh Ring Legend
1 Race to the Airport
A Heavy-handedly Metaphorical Nativity with Actual People in the Explicit Roles of Angel, Guiding Star, Shepherd, etc. (oof)
Happily Ever After
The Short Version:
A short Hallmark holiday movie of a novel. The third person narrator inserting herself didn't really work for me as (to me) it felt like the reader was kept at a remove from the feelings of our protagonists which made it difficult to really become invested. Also, the tone didn't seem quite natural to me.
Altogether there just wasn't enough specificity to the characters or their love stories. Some of the language was lovely, the holiday message was sweet, but all told this just wasn't terribly memorable.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Jimmy's brother Jack is getting married and he is going on tour to sing his new song that he wrote with his sweetheart Charlotte, but when the song really takes off he has to choose between being what might be his big break or his family, love, and home.
So this book was cute. It's really the best way I can think to describe it. In all honesty, it turns out this book isn't really my thing. Its so lovey-dovey mushyness. I know I made up most of those words but really thats an accurate description. The first half of the book I had to force my way through as it is a slow start. The second half was better with more going on and finally a little conflict to get things interesting. I was torn between 2 or 3 stars so I went with 3 as I always go with the high rating when I'm torn like that. It was very festive though. I would give myself the chance to read another of this authors books as I like to always give it at least 2 books for that, but I'm glad it was short and I doubt I would have read a sequel.
How I choose my rating:
1* Did not finish, or hated it but forced myself to finish.
2** Didn't really like it. Didn't hate it but not sure why I finished it other then for some closure.
3*** I liked it. I had some issues with it, but as a whole it was good. I probably won't reread again ever, but there is a chance I might finish the series. (If part of one) But if not it's not a huge loss.
4**** I really liked this book. Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining. I might reread this again, and I will finish the series. (If part of one) I would recommend to those I know hold interest in this books content.
5***** I loved this book. I found little to no issues with it at all. I will definitely be rereading this and probably more than once. I will finish the series and reread it multiple times. (If part of one) I will recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!
Super light hearted Christmas read! Very good.
Title: The Perfect Love Song
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Perfect Love Song" by Patti Callahan Henry
Good Christmas story which extended into a wedding that was held in Ireland and bringing in the story about the 'Claddagh Ring.' I loved how this author was able to bring in lots of the traditions of Ireland in this lyrical tribute to love. It was interesting seeing these two brothers [Jimmy & Jack] who had a band The Unknown Souls who were dating two best friends Charlotte and Kara. What will happen as Jimmy & Charlotte during Thanksgiving together writes a love song called 'Unexpected.' However, when it was sung by his band at a 'Holiday Jingle Jam concert' a Milton Bartholomew [concert promoter] who was listening thought it was more of a Christmas song... and the story will take off. Now to truly understand what all is going on you will have to pick up "The Perfect Love Song" to see how well this author brings it all out to the reader as this heartwarming story will take on 'twists and turns, forgiveness, grace, and unexpected giving?' It will be quite a read as the story will be of love that finally finds its way back to each other in a beautifully told story as one will see this Christmas miracle that will lead a brother to Ireland and even to one that truly loves him.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Can one song change the course of a life? Brothers Jimmy and Jack Sullivan live a nomadic life doing what they love: touring with their band, The Unknown Souls. But Jack's recent engagement to Kara has everyone looking forward to a Christmas destination wedding in Ireland. Unlike his brother, Jimmy never expected to fall in love. But he feels a sense of peace and happiness whenever he's around Kara's best friend, Charlotte-which has him wondering what he's missing. Over Thanksgiving, Jimmy and Charlotte write a song while sitting together on the back porch. When the band sings it at a Christmas concert the next night, Jimmy insists it's the perfect love song-but a manager for another famous duo is adamant that it's the perfect Christmas song. Before Jimmy knows what's happening, he's on tour with the hottest country band around and suddenly everyone knows his name. But fame isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Jimmy finds himself far away from those he loves-especially Charlotte. Only a Christmas miracle-or two-will be able to lead Jimmy back to Ireland, to his brother, and to love.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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