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Changes: A rich girl. A troubled guy. A magic song. (The Magic Jukebox Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00P8DE7YY
- Publisher : Judith Arnold (November 3, 2014)
- Publication date : November 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 775 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 153 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,374 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is an insta-love tale that could have used more polish, particularly toward the end. I have a lot of quibbles with it, though the quick love isn't included. People take ten years or ten days, are right or right for a while, or wrong; love comes when it's ready, and it varies. And maybe it <i>was</i> the jukebox.
The drop in quality in the second half is something I see most often in sale novels, as if readers will forgive it because it's cheaper or free.
Not this reader. At 70% in or so, I tweeted:
"#reading None of these character reactions is ringing true - at 70% into this novel. I'll probably finish reading it, but...this is not a good sign. If she's going to panic, that needed some foreshadowing."
And then, that issue is resolved very quickly with just a bit of talk and they run off to have sex. Which is when I wrote the second tweet:
"Oh, seriously... No you don't have unprotected sex just because you lurves him, you idiot. YOU don't know how close to the end of this book you are!
"(I didn't say that out loud, but it was close.)"
There was no exchange of health documents, no discussion of sexual histories. Diana assumes her only other partner's been honest, and doesn't ask Nick anything, nor does Nick think better of it. This is irresponsible. Also, the sex is not well written, but I was too mad to care about that, other than I was glad it was quick.
I liked the bar owner/policeman lovers part of the epilogue more than Nick's scene.
It's not a terrible book. But it wouldn't have taken much to make it much better, and that is disappointing.
An antique jukebox in a down-home bar in a seaside town decides all on its own what song to play for a quarter, and transforms the lives of the two people on whom the player has decided to cast its spell. Or—is it coincidence that they decided all on their own, right after listening to their song, that the lives and the loves they’d been living were not what they wanted and needed at all?
For Diana and Nick, the song is David Bowie’s “Changes”, and both of them need a few if they’re ever going to be truly happy. Diana, with pressure from all around her in her silver-spoon life, has been hanging on to the wrong love since she was in diapers. What Nick needs to shed is bone-deep hurt and hatred from unthinkable betrayals in his much more than checkered past.
I’d love to be Diana, and I’d love to love Nick, and the bar owner is someone every one of us would love to have in our lives. It looks as though the bar owner will appear again in Jukebox books 2 and 3. I can’t wait to spend more time in her company, and find out what Arnold has in store for two more pairs of lovers.
The plot was moving at a steady pace and then it seemed like the publisher may have set a deadline for the manuscript. Resolving the plots problems was left for the readers.
Top reviews from other countries
Antiques dealer Diana is visiting the area with her fiancé, staying at the Old Bridge Inn, to see whether it’s a suitable venue for their wedding. When they walk into a bar, she’s drawn to a jukebox, & when David Bowie’s “Changes” play, she catches the eye of Nick, one of the residents of the area.
She persuades Peter, her long term boyfriend to go back to Boston without her while she scouts the area for antiques. On her morning run along the beach, she spots Nick, who buys her coffee & breakfast.
Nick is nothing like Diana. He’s got an unsavoury background, although he’s worked hard to get where he is now: helping young kids better their lives. However the two of them are drawn to one another, so much so that Diana decides to take off her engagement ring & spend some time with Nick.
After she breaks off her engagement, she starts to make changes in her life. She realises Nick has to make changes if they’re to be together...
I didn’t like how Nick & Diana, knowing she’s engaged to Peter, but attracted to Nick, doesn’t do anything to prevent spending time with each other. Yes, Peter is so not right for her, but she’s engaged to him, & Nick actively seeks her out. In my book, that’s cheating, so it did put me off them.
Although I'm not normally a fan of instant love the theme of this series with the magic jukebox made it more acceptable. Nick and Diana are in the same bar when the jukebox plays David Bowie's song 'changes'. Their eyes meet across the bar and there is an instant connection. Only trouble with that is Diana is there with her stuffy Fiance!
As the song suggested Diana and Nick need to make changes in their lives. Does Diana really want to marry Peter? Can Nick forgive his mother for something that happened in his youth?
This is a lovely gentle romance. I liked both Diana and Nick and was glad the magic brought them together. It's a short story that I feel would have worked well as a full length novel. However, there are more books in this series about different characters so maybe we will catch up again with this couple.
An enjoyable read that made a refreshing change from my recent reading material.
Grab a glass of wine, a bit of chocolate and enjoy. You won't regret the read.