Genre: Chick Lit/ Women’s Fiction
Do you like singing? Because Elizabeth did, until everything came crashing down. Her audience doesn’t recognize, her boyfriends doing everyone but her, so Elizabeth runs away to find herself. Enter the town of Sunset Ferry, host of the Rock ‘n Roll festival Solstice, as Elizabeth’s haven and place to unwind. Here she meets the additional characters that round out her piecing herself together days, including Victoria and Sophie (owner and daughter of the Sunset Ferry Hotel), the rock band Avalanche (with hot lead singer Ricky Steel), and the taciturn, abrasive manager of Avalanche, Nathan.
What I liked: A singer searching for herself is a great way to start a book. Elizabeth was down on her luck and ready to throw the towel in. A trip to the middle of nowhere is bound to get her back on track, except it’s confusing and crazy. Not to mention she’s rebounding with a rock star, who isn’t as douche-baggie as she originally thought. I liked Victoria, the hotel owner. She’s nice, wise, and tends to be the most level-headed of all the characters in the book.
What I wanted more of: Elizabeth finding herself. There was more head-hopping and getting other parts of character’s stories. When I think chick-lit I expect to stay in the main heroine’s POV, and we hopped around instead. The hopping wasn’t a bad thing, but I felt it took away from enjoying Elizabeth’s growing up moments.
What I didn’t like: There were a lot of word mixups and word redundancy. This book could have used another editing pass IMO. Sophie and some of the other characters didn’t really grow or at least we’re allowed to dive in deep enough to see the growth. Second, the battle of the bands was nearly non-existent and I really wanted Elizabeth to find a new kind of music to sing outside of her classical training. Growth involves stepping outside of comfort zones. Finally, the characters Sophie and Elizabeth made some unlikable choices, as heroines, or women intended to inspire them seemed more selfish and inwardly focused at all times. This made it hard to feel sympathetic for the characters and relate to them, though they seemed to get things figured out by the end of the book.
This book dwells in a lot of reality and for some readers that may be what you’re looking for. It’s a decent story that lacked in a few areas, but overall I wouldn’t mind living in Sunset Ferry or getting to stay at a particular hotel