"Thank You for the Music" is an excellent novel to read in front of a glowing fire while fog or a gray drizzle makes the day outside gloomy. The primary setting in Majorca will bring sunshine and flowers to light up your day and the plot will keep you turning the pages to the end. I'm not a big fan of "romance" novels, so it took me a while to pick this one up to read, but I am glad I did. The strong female lead character and unexpected plot twists will keep you pondering this story for days after you finish reading it.
After the death of her father, Abby Mortimer thought that things would finally begin to fall into place and her long-time boyfriend, Edward would finally propose. Instead of hearing ‘will you marry me?’ she heard, ‘I’ve found someone else’. Devastated and heartbroken, Abby made a quick exit and flew to Majorca to stay with her sister Liv and brother-in-law Robert at their upscale hotel.
Days later after the numbness had worn off, Liv asks Abby to help them out in the bar by singing with their pianist Rafa, a very suave and attractive Spaniard they had hired for the summer. What started as simple attraction swiftly turned to passion. Then Edward showed up hoping to apologize and win Abby back.
*** THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC turned into a real treat for me. It had all the elements I enjoy including a smart rather independent heroine, and two suitors vying for her attention. Couple that with a very nicely fashioned ensemble of secondary characters giving the story depth of happiness and snakiness and you have a very real story ripe with all the inherent problems of true life.
Abby, for all her smarts was at some point very naive when it came to men. She was no virgin, but let us say she was very gullible, but understandable as well when you factor in the big twist and reveal at the end. Rafa was of course lovely and hunky in that tall, dark and handsome way. And in spite of Abby’s short-sightedness - he was also smart, and a wonderful pianist. The secondary characters really made the plot move with all the behind the scenes manipulations including the waitress Ellie wanting to be the wanna-be singing star; and the two music producers who were rather eccentric at best.
The only complaint I have is that it ended too soon and felt a little cheated as to what the future would hold for Abby and Rafa.
Bottom line: Having the location set in Majorca (on my bucket list to visit) only made the story all that much better.
Abbey Mortimer is a giver. When her father falls ill with cancer, she quits her job so that she can help her mother take care of her father as his health continues to fail. Two days after the funeral, her boyfriend of five years makes a confession that is devastating to Abbey. Her solution? Run away from her problems by visiting her sister, Liv, who owns a high end hotel in Majorca. It is here that Abbey encounters even more problems. Her sister is having problems in her marriage, although she tries her best to hide it. The she meets the exotic Rafa, a lawyer turned lounge piano player. Add to the mix a very jealous Ellie who is trying to catch a break so she can be the next singing sensation, and that sums up most of the problems on Majorca. The final and biggest problem is when Edward, the ex-boyfriend puts in his appearance on the island. What else can go wrong. This is Jennifer Young's debut book and she does a superb job in fleshing out the characters and creating real situations. I couldn't put this book down!
Abbie Mortimer is reeling! She's just lost her father to death. Her boyfriend, Edward, tells her she's spent too much time with her family while her father was dying and confesses he's met someone else. Double whammy! Absolutely overwhelmed, she knows she needs to get away and so decides to visit her sister, Liv and her husband Robert, who run a hotel in Majorca. Abbie is very good at graphic design work and has always loved her hobby - singing in amateur musical shows locally. But right now all she wants is some peace and quiet and a chance to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life, without Edward! Abbie quickly fits into the hectic schedule at the hotel and yet finds some time to relax, taking walks along the beautiful beach. But peace seems to elude Abbie quickly as she agrees to help the hotel business by singing in their bar during the evenings. She and Rafa, the piano player, aka lawyer who resigned from the family business, don't really hit it off at first. Abbie seems to be flustered easily and really doesn't sing her best except when she performs songs from hits like Cabaret. Rafa is a love `em and leave `em kind of guy and Abbie is obviously leery about any relationship. Rocky road indeed! Here is where the novel takes off like a jet and you'll have to read it to enjoy the quickly escalating complexities of what follows. Suffice to say a jealous and not so talented singer decides to make some trouble, a "star" maker tries to get Rafa and Abbie to a future together, Edward arrives with a bossy but penitent attitude, some family problems erupt and much, much more! While the beginning of this swiftly paced story is rather slow, the remainder of it leaps and bounds with different twists and turns. Abbie is a spunky character who's not laying down for long and Rafa is tantalizingly elusive to make the reader want to see just how he'll turn out. Thank You for the Music is a rapid read that will please and engage all romance fiction fans - would make a neat movie as well! Nicely crafted, Jennifer Young!
Jennifer Young's debut romantic novel set partly in Scotland and partly in Majorca brought a breath of refreshing reality to the genre. Abby Mortimer is grieving her father when Edward's insensitivity derails any healing going on. Scurrying off to big sister, Liv, at her hotel in Majorca, introduces a host of problems and a delicious Spaniard for Abby to cope with. I so much enjoyed a heroine who was multi-faceted and competent. A heroine who had a professional skill and a hobby, but knew the difference, was interesting and entertaining by turn. Young uses the scenery and the differences between St Andrews and Majorca to excellent effect and you can feel the heat of the sun and the sting of the wind. The resolution was cleverly thought through and the endings for all the characters were, as in life, happy for the moment. I recommend highly. Anne Stenhouse
Shortly after her father's death, Abby Mortimer's boyfriend has a little confession. He's been unfaithful. To figure out what to do next, she takes off. The destination, her sister's high end hotel, proves to be therapeutic. She sings! Besides this outlet, she's drawn to the pianist, Rafa. And then, a music impresario, Marcus, proves to be interesting. Edward returns with apologies. Will forgiveness be part of Abby's story? Talented writer Jennifer Young understands Abby's emotions. The shock of Edward's affair was a punch to the stomach. She couldn't catch her breath. Was she living a bad dream? Some mistake? Did she hear it right? Abby found singing to be an outlet for her anger, but very soon has choices to make. What will that be?
Thank You For The Music opens with a surprise, and there are a few more to come in this nicely written tale of love and heartbreak. Scottish and Majorcan beaches are both vividly described and I really 'saw' the hotel and the handsome hero, Rafa. Ellie is a type, but has her own personality and there are some nice twists in the tale. When ex Edward reappears, it looks as though heroine Abby has some choices to make. Jennifer Young has a lovely turn of phrase and this is a pleasant read, perfect for that holiday on the beach!
Thank You for the Music is a very satisfying read from debut author, Jennifer Young. I loved both settings, Scotland and Majorca, and each added an authentic sense of place to the unfolding story. It was good to have Rafa’s point of view as well as Abby’s and I enjoyed the music theme running through the book. Good character twist near the end!
A fantastic read. Jennifer Young's Thank You For The Music is a well paced romantic novel with some lovely plot twists and turns. Centring on Abby Mortimer who, while grieving for her father, discovers that boyfriend, Edward, has been cheating on her. She heads to her sister's hotel in Majorca to recover but when Edward follows her Abby has some hard choices to make. What is particularly striking about Thank You For The Music is how well the characters are developed by Young, who displays great skill at depicting subtle and complex people. Abby Mortimer is a strong heroine and Young blends the many aspects of her character to create a compelling figure. The settings range from St Andrews to Majorca and are all exquisitely described, drawing you deeper in to the tale and providing a fitting backdrop for Young's characters. A book to curl up with.