Title: The Perfect Love Song
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Jimmy and Jack Sullivan have been touring, trying to promote their band. Jack is eager to return home to his fiancée, and when they do, Jimmy notices Charlotte Carrington. He’s known her for a long time, but this time, when he sees her, there is something more. They fall in love, and he writes her a love song. Little does he know that this perfect love song will change their lives, but whether it’s for the better or worse remains to be seen.
I’m not usually one for Christmas stories, but when I was offered The Perfect Love Song for review, I couldn’t resist. I read Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to seeing what she could do with a Christmas story.
Admittedly, The Perfect Love Song can be very cheesy at times, especially at the beginning. It didn’t turn me off, though, because it was done in such a sweet, genuine way that I couldn’t help but smile. While the rock-star-values story has definitely been done before, Henry adds something new to it through her portrayal of Jimmy. The Irish aspects of the novel also worked very well, building on the tradition of storytelling. Patti Callahan Henry incorporates a lot of different features into this novel, and the fact that she manages to weave them into a cohesive whole shows how talented she is.
The Perfect Love Song actually incorporates characters from a previous novel, When Light Breaks. I didn’t know this until I was reading reviews after finishing the book, but it explains why I felt like I was missing something. I didn’t connect with the characters as well as I’d hoped; this might be remedied by reading these books in order.
Though I don’t usually embrace holiday books, The Perfect Love Song was a sweet and entertaining story. Patti Callahan Henry is a talented author, and I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of her novels.