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Reading From Here to Nashville was like eating comfort food—it’s easy to digest, feels familiar, and fills you up. You know going into it what you’re looking for, and Julie Stock competently delivers just that. The steady pace and predictable plot didn’t get in the way of the resolution. Rachel and Jackson’s alternating points of view were telegraphed in bold font, which was helpful, especially because I thought both could have used a more individual voice, not to mention richer use of colloquial expressions and speech patterns. Jackson, especially, would have benefited from an edit with a more authentic drawl and fewer Brit-speak slips (his living room is a “lounge”, he cleans by “having a tidy up”, sleeps late with a “lie in”, refers to a degree program as “on my course”, late night partying leaves him “shattered”, etc.). But overall, the writing was well-edited and clear.
The settings in the beginning of the novel were lovely and believable. I could picture the small British seaside town, Rachel’s cottage, and her life there. But when the action moved to Nashville, it lost me. I haven’t spent much time there, but I didn’t recognize the almost sterile portrait of a place I found full of eccentric characters and colorful locations.
I do have some small complaints that didn’t really get in the way of enjoying the story. For example, I wish there had been more explanation of how a Dorset girl came to be a country singer, even if it’s only the Taylor Swift/country princess variety and not LeAnn Rimes/Coyote Ugly. We never got a convincing picture of the Nashville music scene, which would have been fun.
My biggest complaint, though, is that I found myself wanting to tell both Rachel and Jackson get over yourself. He’s apparently the insanely wealthy young head of his own music label, but he takes almost no CEO-type actions, and defers to his secretary as his “office mom”. She’s supposed to be incredibly talented, but we have no idea where her training and background comes from. He’s rich and handsome, she’s beautiful and gifted. I know those people have problems too, but it’s hard to make myself care deeply when each one is just keeping secrets and expecting the other to hurt their feelings.
Overall, I’d call From Here to Nashville a solid three-star debut effort. Julie Stock has a firm hand on her characters and plot arc, and a nice way of turning a phrase. I think if she takes a few chances, stretches some of those tropes to their limits, and pushes her characters harder, her next book will be irresistible. I, for one, would like to find out.
*I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The characters were totally believable and I'm sure some of us had a friend like Sam, but found it hard to tell them their feelings were not reciprocated. It was handled so sensitively, I felt really sorry for him. You could also understand Matt's point of view, putting his family first. Jenna was Rachel's rock and it was good to see that they can maybe share a future in Nashville(?). Jackson's family seem to be my idea of how welcoming American families would be. They were so open, friendly and caring not only for Jackson and their family, but for Rachel as well. Also I could almost taste the food they served!
Descriptions of places, so clear and concise, it gave us in UK a chance to 'see' Nashville, and those in US to 'see' Dorset. The sections about gigs, recording, contracts etc. were so interesting, and again, a good insight as to how CDs etc. are produced. Very clever to include some of the words to Rachel's songs. How did you do that?!!
Having recommended FHTN to several of my friends, I do hope they enjoy the book as much as I have. This is one I certainly will re-read again and again. It really was a great read. Can't wait for the paperback to be published.
Congratulations and every good wish for the success of your wonderful book.
ps I should like to see Jenna's character expanded a bit more, especially since she has already made the leap to travel to America.
From Here to Nashville by Julie Stock is one of the best books I have read in 2015!! She had me smiling from ear to ear throughout the book. I knew I was going to like the book because of my love of country music and romance novels. However, I had no idea how much this book would actually touch my heart. There was even a part in the story that I shed a tear-a happy tear.
Dreams can come true if you just follow your heart. Never give up on your dream. Julie installed that theme into the whole novel. It was a joy to read Rachel’s journey and see her dream blossom into reality.
I totally fell in love with Jackson’s character. He was a true gentleman, handsome, successful, treated Rachel like a queen. Sure, he had one flaw that I didn’t care for. However, nobody is perfect. I can officially say he is my new book boyfriend.
Rachel wrote her own song lyrics and many of them pulled on my heart strings. One of them I would like to share:
“This is who I am, what you see is what you get, I wear my heart on my sleeve and hope you’ll do the same, Accept me with all my faults and don’t try to make me change, just love me, love me, take me as I am, love me….”
I really enjoyed reading Julie’s acknowledgments in her book. I love how she was thankful for all her reader fans on social media.
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