20 April 2015

Review: Everything

Everything - Songbird #3
by Melissa Pearl

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What they say: Jody Pritchett had a dream...but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody's a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn't take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.

Leo Sinclair had his own dream...but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn't think he's a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again. 
When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again. 

As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to...because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need. 


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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Everything is the third instalment in Melissa Pearl's Songbird series but it works as a standalone. The book is sweet and sentimental in places, but most importantly, it's realistic. I never felt as though any of Jody or Leo's choices were forced and they frequently managed to make me smile. 

Jody has given up on her dream of Broadway stardom to look after her baby daughter Angel (who gets the award for cutest book baby ever). She's a young but caring Mum, who struggles to know what the best for her and her baby. Leo has left his life in Australia with the goal of creating the next big Broadway hit. I really liked Leo, who goes above and beyond to help Jody and Angel. 

My favourite parts of the book were the scenes where Jody and Leo interacted with Angel. I'm not usually sentimental but I found their slow burning relationship sweet and charming. Jody made me laugh with some of her mishaps and I kept waiting for her to realise what she wanted and what was really important. The playlist made me smile and I like the idea of books and music being tied together.

The secondary characters were an interesting mix. I wasn't the biggest fan of Jody's Dad because I felt he was disapproving and a bit grumpy at times - he grew on me as the plot developed. Her sister was a surprise  because I was expecting her to be more overbearing than she was, but in reality she was more caring and cautious than anything.

I seem to comment about this a lot in my reviews, but I would have liked a longer and more developed ending to help answer a few questions (yes, baby Daddy I mean you). 

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!


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