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From Here to Nashville is a book I have been eyeing up ever since I saw the beautiful cover reveal earlier in the year. I love reading books which have a music theme to them and I was interested to read the book anyway having been following Julie’s writing process a little through her blog. At the beginning of From Here to Nashville, we meet Rachel, part of the band Three’s Company, performing in front of a small pub audience. The first song they were covering was Need You Now by Lady Antebellum which is one of my favourite songs so I was quite easily won over! At the gig, Rachel meets a gorgeous American guy in Jackson Phillips, owner of an independent record label in Nashville. The scene is set really for the entire book in chapter one. We see Rachel’s passion for her music, how quickly she is drawn to Jackson and the obvious little drama building with Three’s Company’s guitarist. As far as introductory chapters go, Julie managed to grab my attention straight away and it was kept throughout the whole book.
The story in this book transports us from Dorset to Nashville. We get to read a good deal of both settings and I felt the author paid attention to detail and helped me in my mind develop a really good picture of both places. Her description of each setting brought the story to life and I found myself as much into the touristy side to both places as Rachel and Jackson were as I was really drawn into all the sights and locations, especially catching on to the feel of the seaside early on.
Occasionally I found myself wanting to read more about the music rather than the romance between Rachel and Jackson.Read more ›
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.
There's plenty of conflict - some expected, some not. The characters are fleshed out and believable with actual flaws that they have to overcome and, in some cases, accept about one another and the setting is beautifully described too which adds another layer to the entire novel. The structure allowed me an insight into the male perspective of romance, which was surprising and well done; not something I've come across before but that creates a balanced view of the situation the main characters get themselves into and gives you a glimpse into difficulties both characters face internally as well as externally.
Overall it's a lovely debut that sets a high standard for future works by this author and proves that self-published works can be of an equal quality as the works marketed by the great big publishing houses. Julie Stock's novel, From Here to Nashville, is honest, heart-warming and satisfying. If you like romance, you'll love this book.
I enjoyed the different locations - Dorset, Nashville and New York and Rachel's wonder as Jackson introduced her to his lifestyle. I loved the various live performances and the crowd responses to Rachel's own songs.
The secondary characters were all well written and I was pleased for Jenna and her new love. No spoilers, so I'll say no more! Jackson's ex, Stephanie, was particularly obnoxious and certainly put a spoke in the wheels of love for Rachel and Jackson!
I was really irritated by the fact they kept running away from each other whenever problems came up - but after thinking about it, I think that was more to do with me than the story! I always face up to problems and have scant patience for those who don't!
All in all, a great debut And I look forward to the next book :)
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A sweet, clean and delightful romance which carries the characters, Rachel and Jackson, from Dorset in England across the Atlantic to Nashville, USA. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S A Goddard
Well I think I can guarantee I paid the most for my signed copy of From Here To Nashville....£50, I think, all in a great cause, as I was bidding against an avid reader in an... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a huge fan of live music and the TV programme, Nashville, I loved this book from the very start. Rachel is a wonderful heroine who dreams of being a successful... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ms G Tea
Having been to Nashville recently I really enjoyed this book. With its references to places, streets, locations in Nashville it reminded me of being there. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent first novel with realistic and engaging characters that are easy to relate to. The book is well written and is an enjoyable read with a happy ending - I look forward... Read morePublished 23 months ago by jacqueline jenkinson
I enjoyed this book, a light holiday read about a singer who wants to make it big in the music industry. Read morePublished on 20 July 2015 by L. White
Rachel is in a local band and dreams of singing success. Although the band does cover versions Rachel also writes her own songs and it is these which draw the crowds in. Read morePublished on 9 July 2015 by Bodicia
A feel good book which transports the reader from the beautiful county of Dorset to the home of country music, Nashville. Read morePublished on 23 May 2015 by Margaret Newman
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