Review: Songs of Home by Valerie M. Bodden

Songs of Home is book two in the River Falls series, however, you can easily jump in and read this book as a stand alone novel, as well. It was previously included in the Love’s Treasure box set as Heart’s Home as a novella, but has now been expanded into a full length novel with added scenes and situations.

This book is set in a great community with a wonderful set of characters. I loved the way the Calvano family accepted Lydia into their fold. I especially enjoyed seeing how Lydia bonded with her youngest brother, Benjamin. Yet the main focus of this book was the growing attraction between Lydia and Liam. I really liked their connection and the way they both seemed to bring out the best in each other. I especially enjoyed seeing Lydia come into a true understanding of what home and belonging meant.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


In the wake of a very public—and very scandalous—breakup, country music star Lydia St. Peter finds herself in need of a place of refuge. She doesn’t know why she thinks she’ll find it with the family she never knew she had in River Falls, Tennessee, but at least the small town will offer her the privacy she so desperately craves. She never expects it to offer more—in the form of her new landlord, Liam, and his troubled teenage daughter. When single dad Liam returns to his hometown of River Falls, it’s with the intention of taking care of his mother and protecting his daughter. He knows his own happiest years are behind him. They died with his wife. What he doesn’t see coming is the instant connection with the new tenant staying in his mother’s carriage house. As Lydia feels the pull of family and Liam allows himself to open to the possibility of love again, a new relationship starts to blossom. But when Lydia is presented with an opportunity that could rocket her to household-name status, she has to decide whether she’s willing give up everything she’s gained in River Falls to chase her dreams—or if her heart has finally found its home.




Valerie Bodden

Valerie Bodden has three great loves: Jesus, her family, and books. And chocolate (okay, four great loves). She is living out her happily ever after with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband and their four children. Her life wouldn’t make a terribly exciting book, as it has a happy beginning and middle, and someday when she goes to her heavenly home, it will have a happy end.

​She was born and raised in Wisconsin, and aside from a short stint in Minnesota while her husband trained for the pastoral ministry, has lived there her entire life, in spite of an aversion to all things cold and snowy (except Christmas—a snowy Christmas is good). She periodically tries to coax her snow-loving husband and children to pack up and move to a warmer climate with her but so far has had no luck. So she tolerates the snow for them. That’s some kind of love, if you ask her.

​Valerie writes emotion-filled Christian fiction that weaves real-life problems, real-life people, and real-life faith. Her characters may (okay, will) experience some heartache along the way, but true to her tendencies as a hopeless romantic, she will always give them a happy ending.

​In addition to writing Christian fiction, she has written more than 250 children’s nonfiction books and also helps other authors perfect their stories with her editorial services. When she’s not wielding a pen or keyboard (can you wield a keyboard?), she enjoys time with her family, managing the church library, gardening, and, of course, reading.

Website   Facebook   Bookbub   Goodreads   Pinterest   Instagram   Twitter

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
This entry was posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.