Monday, December 14, 2020

Review: The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry

The Perfect Love Song
by Patti Callahan Henry

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two brothers are the heart of a band, but after one writes a story to express his love for his girlfriend he is discovered and starts making decisions that are out of his character and are putting his priorities out of alignment.  

All around this book was just an ok read for me.  The characters were fine and the plot was ok, but nothing stood out and made me want to send this book to all the readers in my circle.  With a cast of characters, I had to take some notes to keep everyone straight as to who was in love with whom and some main quantifiers about each.  With a short and sweet holiday book, this felt distracting and took away from my reading experience.  

On a book blog, this is weird to say, but I think I would rather see this storyline in movie form rather than book.  I think it could make a sweet Hallmark/Lifetime holiday movie and I probably would really enjoy it!

I could argue that this book isn't as much a Christmas book as the others that I read during this season.  Yes, there was a wedding on Christmas day and a song, but for me this book didn't feel like Christmas.  This is completely a personal opinion, but for me this book didn't give me that holiday vibe like the others I have read.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 126 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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