Mandy Baggot comes to the blog with her latest, set in the world of country music with
One Summer in Nashville
One of the many ‘go-to’ authors that I have for ‘feel good, everyone works it out in the end’ stories that simply leave me with a smile, Baggot has hit on a story laden with issues, press, trust, fear and plenty of heart. Honor was the “It” girl of country music some ten years ago, when she was left scarred and scared after an attack on stage. She retreated to her large house in the suburbs of Nashville, and essentially pushed “country” music out of her life. With looks to die for and a voice with a range to rival Minnie Ripperton, her ‘advisor” Larry, who had been with her for years, had been hoping to convince her to try again, planning with her label a “greatest hits’ album, and asking her to write something new for it. Despite her repeatedly saying she wasn’t going back, Honor had been writing more songs than ever, and hiding them away in a locked drawer.
Jared is the new “rockabilly” bad boy king on the strip, with sold out shows, a temper that gets him into trouble more often than not, and a new opportunity to headline a nation-wide tour in a few months. IF ONLY he keeps his nose clean. It’s not that he ‘looks’ for trouble, but he does have a way of ‘enforcing’ his beliefs and protective nature on those around him… usually with his fists. But by chance he heard an old recording of Honor – and decided that he wanted to meet her in person and get her on his tour.
There’s nothing particularly ‘unusual’ here for a romance story – both have issues, serious issues in their pasts that affect everything they do now – from Honor’s discomfort with her scar and her life spent in foster care, not knowing her parents: to Jared’s history with crime and time spent in jail – all in an effort to protect his family. The secrets that they don’t share but want to, then the climax to the reveals. Their ‘rightness’ for one another and the friends who speak up, out, for and to them with advice, good and bad, and always help to try and pick up the pieces. Of course, if there weren’t huge gestures and acts to bring about the HEA it wouldn’t be so engaging, so despite all of the secrets, the things unsaid and the fear of losing each other that is the common thread underneath the bad and good choices, the story wraps as it should. With love, laughter, a HUGE gesture and plenty of friends and family to celebrate.
Title: One Summer in Nashville
Author: Mandy Baggot
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humor elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Aria
Published on: 13 February, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Welcome to Nashville, where the music is everything...
Honor Blackwood was once the crowning glory of Nashville. Tipped as the next big thing, her future was paved in gold. Until a terrible accident changed everything and now all she has are the platinum discs and the memories.
Jared Marshall is the new guy hitting all the right notes in the country music charts. Everyone wants a piece of him; he's sexy, he's wild, and he looks like trouble. But there's one girl who might just be able to tame him, if she'll open her heart.
As a new opportunity arises, Honor has a serious decision to make; does she try for a second chance at her old life? Or will the scars of her past continue to haunt her? There are secrets aplenty in Nashville, and they may well cause havoc on the heart.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.