Book Review: The Perfect Love Song – Patti Callahan Henry

Title: The Perfect Love Song
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
ISBN: 9781593156169
Pages: 240
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publicist
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

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Comments

  1. I have this book on my shelf to review, and I am hoping to get to it before Christmas. I am a little nonplussed to hear that it might be better to read the first book before tackling this one, but no matter, I will do my best with it!! Thanks for the honest review!

  2. I have this book on my shelf to review, and I am hoping to get to it before Christmas. I am a little nonplussed to hear that it might be better to read the first book before tackling this one, but no matter, I will do my best with it!! Thanks for the honest review!

  3. This one didn’t touch me but I felt her writing was enough for me to try another one of her books.

    I didn’t realise the characters were from another story, interesting.

  4. This one didn’t touch me but I felt her writing was enough for me to try another one of her books.

    I didn’t realise the characters were from another story, interesting.

  5. Sometimes a cheesy Christmas book is exactly what I need (and maybe some hot chocolate!)

  6. Sometimes a cheesy Christmas book is exactly what I need (and maybe some hot chocolate!)

  7. nice for this time of the year!

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  8. nice for this time of the year!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog – a gift card sponsored by CSN Stores. Please come over and enter!

  9. I’m more interested in sappy, sentimental stories now than at any other time of year. 🙂 Sounds cute!

  10. I’m more interested in sappy, sentimental stories now than at any other time of year. 🙂 Sounds cute!

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