These characters are going to stay in my thoughts for a long time. What a great story! Although Sing Me Back Home is the second book in the Bluff Creek series, it is a stand alone novel that does not depend on book one. However, I enjoyed book one, The Long Road Home, very much and would definitely recommend it, as well.
I really liked the two main characters in this book. The author did a wonderful job of writing authentic characters who made mistakes in realistic ways. Melanie was an up and coming Christian recording artist and definitely a strong Christian. However, she allowed her emotions to lead her into falling for Lane McCay, a country music superstar, who was definitely not a believer.
The trials they faced due to their very different lifestyles, the expectations of their fans, and the demands of their recording labels were things that hit them hard and tore their budding relationship apart. The emotions that Lane and Melanie went through in this story felt so real to me. I felt as if I was experiencing things right along with them.
This novel deals with forgiveness, grace and how emotions can lead us astray. The author did an excellent job of writing the story from both a believer’s and an unbeliever’s perspective and did so in a way that felt realistic. The faith thread wove through the story in a natural way that never became preachy.
The only thing that threw me off a bit was that the perspectives would sometimes change from one person’s thoughts to another person’s thoughts mid paragraph and I wouldn’t immediately realize that the other person had begun their viewpoint. However, that ended up being something that I became used to as I read and it did not take away from my enjoyment of this novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Country music superstar Lane McCay left his hometown of Bluff Creek for the bright lights of the big city and the lure of fame and fortune. For the past several years he’s lived the life he always dreamed of by sitting at the top of the country music charts, touring the country relentlessly and casually dating any pretty face that came along. With the end of five year contract with his record label looming on the horizon, a string of meaningless relationships and a label executive bent on making his life miserable, he begins to wonder if there is more to life than what he’s achieved. By chance he meets Melanie Michaels, a rising Contemporary Christian recording artist and no matter how many times he tells himself she is not his type, he can’t get the attractive singer off his mind.
Despite opposition from almost everyone around them, Lane and Melanie begin a relationship. While trying to keep their relationship away from the scrutiny of the public eye, Lane finds himself developing feelings he had promised himself he would never allow himself to feel again. And while Melanie finds herself falling for Lane, she is disturbed by his complete avoidance of anything related to her faith in God, a faith that she depends on to guide her life.
Feeling pressures from not only their respective labels, but friends and family as well, Melanie and Lane struggle to stay together. But as threats are made, and Melanie struggles with Lane’s lack of faith, they reach a breaking point that sends both of them into a tailspin. As they struggle with getting on with their lives, Lane comes face to face with issues from his past. Unable to deal with the unexpected turn of events Lane slips into old patterns of destructive behavior, while Melanie battles against the court of public opinion to get her career back on track. Each of them are pushed to a limit where they must decide if they will try to bend life to their own wills or are be willing to trust the unknowns of life to an all knowing God, no matter what that may bring their way.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda Mason has felt the pull to put pen to paper since she was a child. She penned her first book at the tender age of 6, including designing and creating her own cover! Mason lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and 3 active children. She spends her days teaching high school and chasing after her 3 sports oriented children. Her nights are spent at a keyboard trying to convey God’s love, hope and redemption through the stories He lays on her heart.