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Review: The Perfect Love Song

December 24, 2010

Best friends Charlotte and Kara are dating brothers Jack and Jimmy Sullivan. The brothers are members of a country band that’s just starting out so they spend a lot of time touring for very little money. On Christmas day, Jack proposes to Kara in front of her whole family. Jimmy was anxious to get Charlotte to himself so he could give her his gift – Undeserved, a song he’d written just for her. As the year progresses, Charlotte and Kara stay in Palmetto Pointe while Jack and Jimmy tour and come home as often as they can. Jack and Kara decide to get married the following Christmas in Ireland. In the meantime, Undeserved is discovered and deemed “the perfect love song,” and Jimmy finds himself in big demand. With all the distractions of the road, Jimmy has to decide what’s really important to him and make some tough decisions.

The Perfect Love Song, by Patti Callahan Henry, is sweet and predictable. It’s told by an omniscient narrator, Maeve Mahoney. Maeve passed away before the book takes place, but she inspired Kara with her stories of Ireland and love. The omniscient point of view is not my favorite, but with this book, I could see it translating into a movie with ease.

Even though this book is sweet and predictable, which is not my usual choice in fiction, I did enjoy it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved it, but I did find it to be a nice way to spend a few hours during this busy, distracting time of the year.

Since the book takes place in South Carolina, I’m counting it toward the Literary Road Trip.

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Review copy provided by Vanguard Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2010 6:24 am

    Awwww I love sweet and nice, ok not all the time, but sometimes I really need ut šŸ™‚ It sounds lovely

  2. December 24, 2010 6:56 am

    I like the name of the song, UNDESERVED. Just let your mind go and then, exhale.

  3. December 24, 2010 7:12 am

    Sounds like a nice read for a busy time of year. A nice (and needed?) escape.

  4. December 24, 2010 7:56 am

    I enjoyed this one but didn’t love it either. It’s just a sweet book for this time of year.

  5. December 24, 2010 8:05 am

    Seems like a perfect fit for the season, tho not my usual type of read either.

  6. December 24, 2010 8:57 am

    Sometimes a little predictable is exactly what I need! Happy Holidays!

  7. December 24, 2010 9:47 am

    I have this book as well, and was thinking about reading it for the holiday, but chose another instead. I am sorry to hear that it was predictable though, because that really bothers me in the books I read. Thanks for your honest thoughts on this one, Kathy!

  8. December 24, 2010 12:30 pm

    This sounds like a cute book. Something good to read when you don’t want to stress yourself much and just enjoy the delightful predictability of life.

  9. December 24, 2010 12:52 pm

    It sounds very sweet and interesting. I would love to pick this one. merry Xmas to you!

  10. December 24, 2010 3:00 pm

    I can’t imagine proposing in front of the whole family! Suppose she didn’t want to?!!! It does, however, sound like a good movie.

  11. December 24, 2010 3:27 pm

    Kathy, this sounds like a nice, sweet book to spend an evening with. Terrific review!

    Merry Christmas to you and your readers! Your blog is always a pleasure to visit and I’ve learned so much from you over the past year. šŸ™‚

  12. December 24, 2010 4:36 pm

    I like sweet love stories and don’t mind the predictable either. This sounds like a nice holiday read.

  13. December 24, 2010 7:41 pm

    I wasn’t crazy about the POV either and finally got used to the style. I liked it too but didn’t love it.

  14. December 24, 2010 8:45 pm

    it was a nice distraction and the Patti Callahan Henry is certainly a lovely author!

  15. December 24, 2010 9:00 pm

    I have seen this one around and think it does sound like a sweet book. Merry Christmas Kathy!

  16. Elisabeth permalink
    December 24, 2010 10:31 pm

    Just wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday!!!!!

  17. December 24, 2010 11:03 pm

    Sometimes after a heavy book, a light read is good. This one sounds like one of those. Book cover looks cozy too. Makes one want to read in front of a fireplace.

  18. December 25, 2010 2:36 pm

    Merry Christmas!

    Unfortunately this book was one that I really didn’t like – too sweet, sappy and predictable. The POV drove me crazy so I didn’t finish. I knew that a lot of others would like it though, and I agree that it would probably make an easy transition to movie.

  19. December 26, 2010 7:08 pm

    Hmmm sounds like a Hallmark movie in the making.. you called it and will have to wait to see who they cast in the roles.

  20. December 28, 2010 6:07 pm

    Sweet and predictable can be the perfect read for this time of year!

  21. December 30, 2010 1:49 pm

    you’re so right! those kind of books are perfect to read right now! i’ve been searching my tbr for some books like that.

  22. January 6, 2011 3:14 pm

    It sounds like a cute book, perhaps the best for when you just need something light.

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