By Inglath Cooper
Published on December 17, 2014
Received for Review
Part One – Ready to Reach
Ever thought a dream might pass you by?
Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie is determined to make her dreams come true. She heads for Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she’d inherited from her grandma called Gertrude. But when Gertrude ends up on the side of I-40 in flames, Nashville has never seemed farther away. Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Nashville dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop to offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be. Because while CeCe is chasing after her dream, she might find love as well.
Part Two – Hammer and a Song
CeCe McKenzie grew up dreaming of a life doing what she loves – singing in Nashville. When she and her Hound dog Hank Junior set out to make her dream come true, life takes some twists she hadn’t counted on. Like falling for Holden Ashford, a songwriter with a gift. And also a girlfriend. Can a country music star’s hunky son help her forget about Holden? Or is that even possible when her heart insists on writing the song?
Part Three – What We Feel
Hunky musicians Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin rescue Nashville bound CeCe MacKenzie and her Walker Hound Hank Junior from the side of the road when her car catches on fire. A less determined girl might have let her dreams go up in smoke as well, but not CeCe. She’s been singing all her life, and she just wants a chance to do the thing she loves in a place where music is part of the fabric of life. As it turns out, Holden and Thomas want the same thing, and it isn’t long before they’re all chasing after the dream together.
Falling in love hasn’t figured in to CeCe’s plans, but the moment she sets eyes on Holden, her heart is asking why not? Holden is drawn to her as well, but he already has someone in his life, Sarah who still lives in Atlanta, Sarah who loves him. Who he thought he loved back until CeCe makes him realize he hadn’t really known that love could turn him inside out.
But an unexpected visit from Sarah brings to light a terrible truth and Holden is faced with a choice between doing the right thing or permanently defining himself as a guy he never thought he would be.
It is only in letting each other go that both Holden and CeCe will come to understand that in life and love, the part that’s real is what we feel.
Part Four – Pleasure in the Rain
Just as Barefoot Outlook begins to hit the big time, tragedy strikes when a rage-filled Nashville musician who hasn’t found the success he’s hoped for crashes an after-concert party and begins shooting. Among the victims are band members CeCe MacKenzie, Holden Ashford, Thomas Franklin, Beck Phillips and his country music star dad, Case.
With each of them gravely injured, one will not survive, forever changing the lives of everyone involved. Will one man’s hatred and contempt demolish all of their dreams, or will they eventually reach a place where they can even take pleasure in the rain?
I cannot possibly review each part separately since I seriously just continued from one section to the next. I can say that this book was a really cute contemporary full of lots of emotions, drama and love.
I really enjoyed the story line and the character development. The writing just flowed and the end of each chapter left me with my mouth gaping and wanting more!
I loved all of the characters. Cece MacKenzie is a great person and one that I could see as being a personal friend of mine. Thomas is also a very complex character and I am hoping that he will meet someone special of his very own soon. Holden is the brooding bad boy. I must say though that my favorite character would have to be Hank Junior, Cece’s hound dog:) I just loved every scene that he was included in and the fact that the author probably really hit the nail on the head when explaining his facial expressions or what he was thinking!
The Love Story…..
There was more love going on in this story than just that between a man and a woman. There was the love between man and dog, the love between Cece and Thomas which was like brother/sister. Then, of course, the love between Cece and Holden, which would happen to be my personal favorite! (hubba hubba)
I was very excited to review this book for Ms. Cooper. Not only is she a wonderful author and you can bet that I will be hunting down the next installment of The Nashville Series, BUT, she is also VERY active with animal rights. I have read somewhere that she is very active amongst shelter dogs/rescues, which is something that I hold in very high regard! After all, our Harper was a rescue from Ohio during BSL. She is our Lab/Pit mix and also our baby! So, I would like to send a HUGE thank you to Ms. Cooper for all that she does for the animal community!!