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A Song for Julia (Thompson Sisters Book 1) by [Sheehan-Miles, Charles]
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"Oh and did I mention this is a romance novel, too? While not traditional in it's romantic intensity, it is a beautiful love story nonetheless. And what makes it that much more fun? Her love interest is an up and coming rock star. Local for now, but a BIG future ahead (and "Crank" was 100% believable - LOVED him!!!).

It's not just a romance, but a story about the love of family and friends and the healing energy that that kind of "togetherness" can provide. It's about making your own family. And maybe even about healing and strengthening the bonds of a family that was once thought to be broken. - Maryse's Book Blog

"You know that 'book hangover' feeling us book addicts get from time to time, right? That's what this book did to me. And I loved it!" - Deea's Journal

"I think everyone needs to go and read this one, they won't be sorry...Get yourself a box of tissues and read this book! You will not be disappointed!" - The Indie Bookshelf

About the Author

C. Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive and is the author of several books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future. 

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  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cincinnatus Press (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHK8MN0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,869 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I'd like to preface this review by saying that I primarily read books by self-published authors. I do this to support their work and, well, because I'm cheap. In so doing, I read a lot of books that, despite their large number of 5-star reviews, border on being pure crap. But, that being said, every once in a while (often enough for me to keep reading), in the middle of all that crap, I find a diamond. This book is one of those diamonds.

Told in an alternating first-person perspective, it is the story of Crank, lead singer and guitarist of a struggling punk band and Julia, an international business student at Harvard. In almost all respects, they are polar opposites: Crank is compassionate, open, intuitive, laid-back and fiercely protective of those he loves. Julia, on the other hand is distrustful, tightly controlled and closed-off. Together they learn the value of family, trust and commitment. And that's really simplifying things.

The story was emotionally charged without being angsty. It was well-paced, flowed smoothly and all of the secondary characters were fantastic as well. I could see where a reader might want to reach into the book and give Julia a shake but she was dealing with some long-standing issues that could not be fixed overnight - and she was able to come to terms with it in the end. There were scenes here and there that might stretch believability a bit but I never let minor believability issues hamper my enjoyment of a good book.

I believe this book is classified as New Adult and the limited sexual content is not graphic.

Highly recommended.
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So, I really, really enjoyed Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters) and immediately downloaded this next in the Thompson Sister's Series! I don't know how Charles Sheehan-Miles writes such a romantic, dramatic, heart-felt story, but he is excellent at it and can count me as a fan. This is saying a lot, because I DO NOT LIKE to read romance books by MALE writers. I usually find their female characters missing any depth of emotion and the loves scenes, shallow. But not this author! (honestly, I had to check his author page to confirm he was a guy; I was so impressed).

Just like her sister Alex, Julia Thompson was a wonderfully fleshed out character that was just as emotionally wounded as Dylan was in JRTB. She ran away from relationships after being betrayed and abused by her family, her best friend and her first love. She was unable to trust, to love and to be loved, so when Crank, the lead singer of the band Morbid Obesity fell hard for her, she panicked and ran.

Crank had his own emotional scars that kept girls at arm's length. Oh, he would sleep with a different one any night of the week, but he was careful never to make any commitments to any of them. He was the first one to be shocked by his intense feelings for Julia, but was quick to accept that he wanted her and only her. He was tired of "being alone in a crowded room". Crank's home life was filled with a loving family that had trouble with mental illnesses that caused strained relationships and absentee parenting. The result was a rebellious Crank who was finally tired of being angry.

Julia and Crank were puzzle pieces meant to fit so perfectly together.
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This is a heartbreaking story about two broken people finding each other and falling in love.

At 22, Julia Thompson is a college senior at Harvard. Living under the control of her over barring and controlling parents, she is struggling to try to please her parents. Wanting to find her own path in life isn't easy when it was already decided for her, but she seems to find her ways of rebellion. At an anti-war protest, she meets Crank Wilson. Crank is in the band, Morbid Obesity, scheduled to play during the protest. They are instantly drawn to each other.

Crank Wilson is a high school dropout. Living in Southie (a not-so-nice part of Boston), he is a singer and guitar playing trying to make it in the music business. Life hasn't been so easy for him. His mother left him, his brother (who has Asperger's Syndrome), and his father at a young age. Rebelling, Crank gets involved with the wrong crowd. Sex, drugs, and a different girl every night was just fine with him until he meets Julia.

Admitting their feelings doesn't come easy for either Crank or Julia. They both need to learn how to put their past behind them and move forward. There is no instant love. It builds up over the course of the story. The story is told in alternating POV's. It's not overly dramatic, or depressing. You will really feel for all of the characters in the book. Even the secondary characters are loveable and equally important. Especially Sean, Crank's younger brother. I couldn't help but love him.

I loved this book. I actually liked it a little better than Just Remember to Breathe; although my reason for that might be a little biased. I do wish I read this book first. A Song for Julia and Just Remember to Breathe can both be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series.
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