The Perfect Love Song: A Christmas Story by Patti Callahan Henry

Ah, Christmas time; the most wonderful time of the year! It’s no secret to my family that I love Christmas! I especially love getting my hands on a good Christmas book each year!

Thank you Tandem Literary and Thomas Nelson for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Brothers Jimmy and Jack Sullivan live a nomadic life doing what they love: touring with their band, The Unknown Souls. But Jack’s recent engagement to Kara has everyone looking forward to a Christmas destination wedding in Ireland. Unlike his brother, Jimmy never expected to fall in love. But he feels a sense of peace and happiness whenever he’s around Kara’s best friend, Charlotte—which has him wondering what he’s missing. Over Thanksgiving, Jimmy and Charlotte write a song while sitting together on the back porch. When the band sings it at a Christmas concert the next night, Jimmy insists it’s the perfect love song—but a manager for another famous duo is adamant that it’s the perfect Christmas song. Before Jimmy knows what’s happening, he’s on tour with the hottest country band around and suddenly everyone knows his name. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Jimmy finds himself far away from those he loves—especially Charlotte. Only a Christmas miracle—or two—will be able to lead Jimmy back to Ireland, to his brother, and to love. 

If you’re into Hallmark Christmas movies, then this book has your name written all over it. I love a good romance book, but this was a tad too cheesy for me. It kind of reminded me of an adult gushy version of a young adult romance novel. I’m all for a young adult romance novel when it is written well. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Patti’s writing because everything just flows together so easily. This just wasn’t my cup of tea. The remake of the cover? SUPERB!

3/5 Stars

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