Friday, May 3, 2013

David's Song Blog Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway

Hello Fellow readers!

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for David's Song hosted by, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Read on to see my review of the book and also to enter to win $25.00 in Paypal cash or an Amazon gift card.

Title:  David's Song
Author: A.R. Talley
Series: David's Song Trilogy #1
Publisher: Author House
Published: November 23, 2010
Pages: 320
Format: PDF

 Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience. A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.  

Author A.R. Talley April R Talley was born and raised in the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio in 1959. She is the youngest of six children. She attended Brigham Young University for a time, but withdrew to work fulltime for Osmond Productions in Orem, Utah as a member of The Osmond production staff. After a brief stint working in television, she returned to Akron to finish her education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media Communications in 1981. April later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear boutique. Married in 1982, she is the proud mother of seven children and is deeply involved in volunteer work for her church. April spends her time working on future projects, caring for home and family, and traveling. David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

  Praise from reviews on "Not just your typical romance novel" - Tracy Williams "David's Song is great read that leaves you thinking about the story and pondering your own relationships". - Anna Pavkov "Sucked me in from the 1st page" - Jill Walker "Loved this book . . . could not put it down!" - Dana Vieira

Melissa's Musings:

My Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Received for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for my honest review

Right from the very first page you are immediately pulled in to this story. You can see right away that Annie and Jeremy's marriage is in some serious trouble. So Jeremy sends Annie off on a girl's week for spring break so that she can recharge her batteries, and come back refreshed. But, is that really all there is to it? In addition to recharging her batteries, might she rekindle an old love connection?

There is the perfect amount of tension between all of the primary characters in this story. It is told from Annie's perspective, and I felt that it was a really nice touch that the story starts immediately in the present, but then drifts into sort of a flashback mode as Annie recalls old memories and weaves it's way through past and present. This was a really nice touch for readers like me who enjoy a lot of backstory.

Annie's character starts out really timid, in both the past and present elements of the story, and it's nice to watch her change, become more bold, take chances and stick up for herself. She's on her way through the journey from ugly duckling to the beautiful swan, in both instances.

There is a bit of a love triangle element to the story, with both David and Jeremy fighting for Annie's attention. This is very well executed, and while love triangles often bother me in stories, this one did not.
 It's clear during their college days that David is Annie's first choice. And I could definitely see why, being that it felt like Jeremy wasn't even really fighting for her (Annie ends up saying as much at one point in the story)

 And while I tried not to be on one side or the other, I really liked the chemistry and playfulness between David and Annie's characters, so I have to admit that I was (and still am) rooting more for David.

David's character is the quintessential rock star. Charming, charasmatic, a persona as a bit of a ladies man. But underneath there is a very sensitive, caring, real person waiting to shine. I have to admit in the first part of the book I didn't like David very much, because of the way he ended things with Annie, but as I read further, he grew on me, and won me over. Probably that charm of his translating off of the page and into my mind, I'd bet. For some reason, I kept seeing David's character as a young Rod Stewart, as I was reading. I cannot for the life of me figure out why, but that's who he seemed like to me.

Jeremy's character is more of wait and see kind of character. He doesn't really do much to fight for Annie, just sort of expects things to work out in a sort of "wherever the chips may fall" kind of way. I started to dislike him somewhat toward the end of the story for some of the things that he did in regards to the situation between himself and Annie, but I don't want to ruin anything so I won't explain any further.

In addition to the romance, there is are powerful plot lines of a marriage in trouble, difficult choices, and whether or not you should listen to your head or your heart. This story works very well as a stand alone story, but I'm thrilled that it is going to be part of a trilogy because I really fell in love with these characters and I want to see where they'll go next.

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kimbacaffeinate said...

I am so glad you enjoyed this and David sounds like an interesting and fleshed out character.

Karielle Stephanie said...

The chemistry and characterization in this book sound amazing! I'd love to read this one just for the emotional and deep depiction of the love triangle. Thanks for a lovely review <3

Melissas Midnight Musings said...

David is the best character in the whole book, in my opinion. Or maybe I just have a bit of a book crush? LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you're looking for a more deep depiction of a love triangle, I'd definitely recommend this book.