Sharon and I originally started chatting though Nings Book Blogs. She is fun to discuss books with and I enjoy visiting her blog and seeing what changes she has made to her layout as well as what she is reading.
I was so excited when Sheila asked me to be a guest blogger while she is away on her mission trip! I so admire her for her courage and willingness to help others by going on these wonderful trips to the Honduras. Safe travels, my friend!
Since the holiday season is now upon us, I wanted to share with you a lovely holiday book that I read recently – “The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story” by Patti Callahan Henry.
Here is a little about the book from the cover:
Jimmy Sullivan has been living on the road with his brother, Jack, and his band The Unknown Souls. Without a place to call home, Jimmy and Jack lead a nomadic life filled with music and anonymous cities. When they return to a place Jimmy never wants to see again—their old hometown of Seaboro, South Carolina—he falls in love with his childhood friend Charlotte Carrington.
With his soul now filled with hope, Jimmy writes his first love song. When he performs it at a holiday concert to a standing ovation, the lyrics are dubbed the “Perfect Love Song,” so much so that Jimmy finds himself going on tour with famous country music stars, catapulted into a world where the trappings of fame and fortune reign supreme.
All too soon, the hope that had once inspired Jimmy to write such beautiful, genuine lyrics is overshadowed by what the song can do for him and his career. In his thirst for recognition, he agrees to miss Jack’s wedding in Ireland to sing at a Christmas Eve concert. And his ties to Charlotte seem to be ever so quickly slipping away. Is it too late to find his way to Ireland, to his brother, and to love?
I have enjoyed Patti Callahan Henry’s books for several years, and was delighted to find out she had written a Christmas story this year. A semi-sequel to her previous book, “When Light Breaks,” it was a real treat to revisit the familiar surroundings and warm characters that I enjoyed in that story.
“A Perfect Love Song” incorporates the voice of a narrator, one lively Irish lady named Maeve Mahoney, who although now deceased continues to be interested in the lives of her beloved friends and guides them to the happiness they so richly deserve. Gotta love a pushy Irish ghost!
Henry also captures the behind-the-scenes workings of the music business with accuracy, including all the wheelings and dealings that often go on in spite of what the musicians and performers want. And this story also includes a great look at how true love can overcome overwhelming obstacles.
I found “A Perfect Love Song” to be a perfect Christmas story to start off the season!
Check out Patti Callahan Henry’s website for more information on her writing and upcoming projects at www.patticallahanhenry.com
Happy Holidays, everyone, and as always – Happy Reading, Ya’ll!
Sharon Galligar Chance