Sunday, 2 August 2015

ARC Review ~ Home (A Songbird Novel) by Melissa Pearl

Home (A Songbird Novel)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 4th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Rachel Myers never meant to stay in Payton. Her eyes were set on bigger things than waitressing at Clark’s Bar. She wants to perform on a stage of her own with bright lights, fame, and fortune. But something got in the way—Joshua Clark. He’s a good man who loves her, a solid rock she can depend on. She wants that to be enough, but it hasn’t quelled her yearning for the big city.

Josh knows Rachel wants more out of life and might leave one day. Yet so far, she hasn’t gone anywhere. Deep down, he believes his love is enough to keep her…or at least he hopes so. Until one night, a city boy from Hollywood promises Rachel a record deal and destroys everything.

Jumping at a chance she never thought she’d have, Rachel leaves Payton. And Josh. But the sparkle of Los Angeles is not all it’s cracked up to be, and Rachel quickly figures out that some sacrifices are not worth the risk. Is she too late? Will Josh forgive her, or has her desire for fame ruined the best thing she’s ever had?

Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say forever.

My Opinion

I'm going to keep this review on the shorter side because I'm struggling to find things to say.

Home started off well. I wasn't sure how it was going to play out, but the characters had potential. It was also a nice change for the female lead to be the one searching for a career in the music industry. Unfortunately, though, this feeling just didn't stick with me.

Rachel was stupid. The situation she was going to tie herself into was obvious and it was frustratingly simple. I thought she would have been smarter than that and after that she lost any kind of emotions I'd developed towards her. From there on my attention did start to wane as things became predictable. Moreover, I never really connected with Josh. He was a good guy and all that, but he was a bit bland and had no depth. His back story was tiny--just like Rachel's--and it led to me not connecting with either of them. I wanted more emotion.

Overall, this didn't really work for me. It was an okay read and it may work for you guys better, but I struggled with it.


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