Two posts today – books one and two of the Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song Series. Be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what others thought about the books, read excerpts and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway!
Continuing on with the characters from the first book, we rejoin the story after two years have passed. While Lucia made a choice of ‘her man’ the one that got away is back and not willing to take no for an answer. While that alone would have made a more compelling story, the author chose to reintroduce all of the other secondary characters that were so unnecessary (in my view) from the first story, serving only to distract from the forward motion of the story.
Ngontang Mba does manage to present lovely prose that intermixes language, unique phrasing, music and description to paint a pretty picture, and while these elements are captivating, they are not enough to overcome the distractions provided by the multiple characters that are introduced without true and clear purpose. While I did again truly appreciate the effort, and found the relationship between Lucia and her sister to be laden with depth and emotion, there were too many conflicting elements vying for my attention.
While I thought that the book blurb felt slightly confused and unfocused, I had hoped that the multiple threads that are chosen as highlights would neatly weave together to create a cohesive story that demanded my attention and engagement. Unfortunately I found the story was again a bit of a muddle, with beautiful prose that didn’t manage to untangle to my satisfaction.
Title: This Would Have Been Our Song
Author: Danielle-Claude Ngontong Mba
Series: Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song #2
Also in this series: This Could Have Been Our Song
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author via Tour Company
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Marcus, Greg and Lucia are back in the second part of their journey to their perfect love song... will they finally find it?
Book Two: This would have been their perfect love song…
It has been two years since Lucia Mpobo-Riddell has made her choice between the two men in her life. She and her beloved would have been perfectly happy if it wasn’t for… the constant distractions from her past, her sister Noor’s complicated life, her own doubts and fears. Maybe there wasn’t such a thing as perfection and this was a lesson that Lucia was going to learn the hard way. Greg McMullen and Marcus Grant’s lives had been affected by Lucia’s choice that day in Glasgow two years ago. Since then one had been fighting to keep her when the other had been relentlessly trying to get her back. It soon became apparent to them that she wasn’t the Lucia they met and fell in love with anymore. Her life and priorities had completely shifted. To even consider keeping her or just getting her back, they would have to accept it or they would have to let her go. But would they ever be able to do either?
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.