AUTHOR: NICKI EDWARDS • CATEGORY: AUSTRALIAN RURAL FICTION / ROMANCE • PAGES: 394
NOTE- I received my copy of One More Song from the good people at Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.
Can a city boy and a country girl find a way to be together?
Harrison Baxter and Edwina Campbell lead completely different lives.
Much has changed for Harry since he escaped his home town of Yallambah ten years ago, headed for the bright lights of the big city. Now he’s the star of Melbourne’s hottest musical, and feels more at home centre stage than anywhere else. Why bother going back to Yallambah to visit his parents when his father couldn’t care less about his success?
Meanwhile, nothing much has changed for Edwina in the last decade, which is exactly how she likes it. Eddie adores her career as a nurse and loves the Yallambah community – she can’t imagine living anywhere else. And even if she wanted to, she could never leave her beloved grandparents, who raised her like their own daughter. She’s not going to abandon them in their old age. Not for anything.
I think Harry, despite being quite selfish at times, is the shining character in this book. He clearly struggles with what he wants and what needs to be done. His relationship with his father is so strained that you can understand why he has pulled away from the family so much. I can also understand his father’s point of view (especially coming from a rural background). I feel that Harry’s character stayed true during the entirety of the book, regardless of the situation he was in. Eddie on the other hand had her mind so set on what she wanted at the start of the book, but shifted dramatically after meeting Harry. Yes, I know people change and all that, but I didn’t truly feel that this was the case for Eddie.
One of the things about this book that I found somewhat confusing was gauging how much time has past between chapters. At times it felt like it must have been days because of the dialogue but is was actually just a night. Quite possibly I am a lazy reader but this made me think a little too much for my liking instead of the story just flowing.
Overall it is a relaxing read with some nice little twists (one in particular I didn’t see coming). It leaves you with a satisfying well written ending, despite the fact that I believe in reality Harry and Eddie wouldn’t work as a couple.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 3.5/5 teacups
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Happy reading x