By Deborah Reed
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When I first held this book, for some odd reason, the cover doesn't do anything for me. For one, those red letters look creepy. Then when I read the back blurb that it featured the story of a has-been country singer with a dog named Detour, I was having second thoughts. One, anything country (especially country music) isn't really my thing. And then the main character is nursing a broken heart. (This screams stereotype! Er, does Crazy Heart ring a bell?) And a dog named Detour, are you kidding me?
Verdict: A beautifully sensitive examination of family dynamics for those who love a good story of love, betrayal and redemption.
An odd recommendation, maybe, but good for (1) those who love the dishing of family dirt - lots of drama in this one but wonderfully done; and (2) those who have an affinity for the stereotype country sob stories - prepare for the stereotype to be derailed!
My full review: http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.com/2011/09/carry-yourself-back-to-me-by-deborah.html
Once I started through, I found that this is definitely not your stereotypical country sob story. I'm glad that I gave this book a second chance because this is a very special read.
The story seems simple enough. Annie Walsh was once a famous country singer, having found her voice and gained fame when she fell in love with her muse - Owen. Basking in their seemingly perfect love, she is in total shock when she returns home one day and discovers the ultimate betrayal. Heartbroken, Annie seems to lose herself, and she abandons singing and songwriting.
guiltlessreader... said on Sep 23, 2011, 03:18