Sunday, October 3, 2021
Book Review: "Heard It in a Love Song" by Tracey Garvis Graves
Layla (no, she wasn’t named for the Eric Clapton song) has been licking her wounds since her 10-year marriage ended. She works as a music teacher but remembers all too well her time as the lead singer of a band. Her friends want her to get back out there and start dating, but the thought of starting over doesn’t appeal to her in the slightest.
Josh and his wife, whom he met in high school, recently separated after 20 years of marriage. He never thought there would be anyone for him but her, but now he devotes himself to shared custody of their young daughter, Sasha, who attends elementary school where Layla teaches.
Layla and Josh strike up conversation as he drops his daughter off at school every morning. Little by little, they start looking forward to seeing one another, and as their interest grows, they both wonder if they’re ready to start dating again.
Does everyone get a second chance at love? How do you know if it’s real or just a rebound romance? Could the right person come along at the wrong time?
Tracey Garvis Graves is an engaging storyteller (I loved her last book, The Girl He Used to Know) and you definitely find yourself rooting for these characters. There are a lot of flashbacks which come randomly in different chapters, as they trace Layla and Josh’s previous relationships, but sometimes I wished we could just focus on the story at hand. Still, this is an enjoyable story and I love any book that deals with music in whatever form.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review!
Heard It in a Love Song publishes 11/2.
Labels: book reviews, dating, divorce, family, fiction, friendship, loneliness, love, marriage, music, parenthood, relationships, romance, second chance
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