Josh knows Rachel wants more out of life and might leave one day. Yet so far, she hasn’t gone anywhere. Deep down, he believes his love is enough to keep her…or at least he hopes so. Until one night, a city boy from Hollywood promises Rachel a record deal and destroys everything.
Jumping at a chance she never thought she’d have, Rachel leaves Payton. And Josh. But the sparkle of Los Angeles is not all it’s cracked up to be, and Rachel quickly figures out that some sacrifices are not worth the risk. Is she too late? Will Josh forgive her, or has her desire for fame ruined the best thing she’s ever had?
Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say forever.
Home is a musical kaleidoscope of heartache and discovery, of redemption and epiphany, and most importantly, of learning that home is always, always where the heart is.
- The seedy underbelly of LA and the horror of how easily young people can be suckered into cons with the promise of fame are a bleak wake up call. Graphic, violent, and manipulative, the imagery is slimy and the men were beyond lascivious and grotesque.
- Rachel’s helplessness and desperation bled off the page. Her dream of becoming famous and making her mother proud push her to let her guard down and it’s disastrous. Gullible and hopeful, Rachel gets herself into precarious situations and does what she needs to survive. A fighter till the end, Rachel is no stranger to suffering and living day to day. Rachel’s light and charm shine through the terrifying reality of her new life. She won’t let anything beat her. When she’s down, she rallies and that makes all the difference.
- Josh’s complete and utter infatuation with Rachel is written in every adoring look, in the gentle touches, the fierce jealousy, and the passionate way he cradles her in her sleep. Rachel is precious, worth more than anything to him and her playful ways enrapture him. Josh’s hurt at Rachel’s decisions make him blind and pigheaded but he never stops loving her. The way he pines is both endearing and incredibly attractive. Out of all of the Songbird novels, his love, at least to me, feels the most natural and potent. Every second of his thoughts are spent on Rachel and keeping her happy, of protecting her, and of worshiping her smile, her music, her gorgeous curls. There are times where you’ll want to shake some sense into him, get him to see what’s beneath the surface but his pride blocks all sense.
- Make sure to check out the companion playlist. It’s not ALL country (as a proud country listener I don’t mind) and there’s quite a few I’ve never heard of. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Listening to the soundtrack connected and cemented the emotions in several scenes. It’s a sensory experience that takes the story a lever further.
- Rachel’s naiveté is hard to swallow and a little unbelievable. Despite being a small town country girl, after her first colossal mistake, she keeps up the same mentality of being overly trusting and deluding herself. You’d think she’d be more cautious but each time it’s like she forgot when happened to get her in her terrible predicament.
- Towards the end of the book, the story became more about other characters than Rachel and Josh. Their dramatic stories took over the plot and were a distraction for the emotional build up of the final few scenes.
- The tone got lost. Half the time there’s strong Southern twang, expressions, and country songs and others, it reads casually, without the expected drawl. Josh especially doesn’t feel like a Southern boy and the whole country theme fell flat when Rachel wasn’t spouting her particular very Southern phrases.
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