Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Published: 15 January 2020
Page count: 307
My Format: eBook provided by author
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy The Sound of Love
My rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
Words than can’t be spoken can still be sung.
Sometimes the most beautiful relationships between two individuals blossom from moments of tragedy. Charlotte and John grew up as young orphans in the secluded outskirts of a rural town. Each day, they’d sneak out to the nearby forest to escape the cold grasp of the orphanage’s tyrant-ruler, by creating an imaginary kingdom together. However, their worlds, and the safety that came from their friendship, were suddenly ripped apart when they got caught.
Years later, Charlotte conquered the marketing world in downtown Portland. Having gained normalcy in her life since her days in the orphanage, Charlotte never expected her world to be turned upside down by John abruptly being thrust back into her life.
However, the years since the orphanage had not at all been kind to John, leaving him unable to open up to Charlotte about the details. So, she reignites John’s love for playing music, finding that his songwriting is the only way to help him express what he otherwise has difficulty saying. But in doing so, the reunited couple discovers that John’s love for music may not have been the only fire waiting to be rekindled.
Would what began as two children playing in the woods in the heart of tragedy blossom into long-awaited, and much desired, love?
I was contacted by the author, via my Facebook Book Review page, with a request to read and review this book. I’m glad I accepted. Here are my pros and cons for The Sound of Love:
- This book is presented in a past and present format. The past narrative documents Charlotte and John’s relationship as children in an orphanage. The present narrative is about Charlotte and John when they reconnect as adults. I generally liked this format as it provided a great background to explain the strong connection that Charlotte and John already had, even after years of being apart.
- The strong past narrative also helped me get over one of my biggest pet peeves and that is the “way too fast love connection” that frequently happens in romance novels. Since the foundation of their relationship was described so well, I could totally accept an easy and fast rekindling of that childhood affection into grownup love.
- This book is simply nice to read and is full of emotion – including love, pain, grief, joy, fear, anxiety, hope, and so much more. I particularly loved the hopefulness of the children’s part of the story.
- As I was reading this I kept getting a picture in my mind of a Hallmark Christmas movie and I love Hallmark Christmas movies! This book has that feel-good romance quality that epitomizes those movies and I think this would be a great one!
- This book comes with a soundtrack. Yes, you read that correctly. John’s character is a singer/songwriter and lyrics to his songs are incorporated into the story. Also included are links to sites like YouTube and Spotify and others where you can listen to performances of the songs! All songs were written and recorded by the author. I’ve never come across something like this before and I thought it was quite unique.
- The ending was really sweet and heartwarming.
- I did find some typos in the electronic version I was provided for review. It is entirely possible I was provided an unedited electronic version of the book to read, so I typically forgive those. However, I fully admit I am super sensitive to misspellings and they are jarring to me when I come across them.
- There were also a few awkward sentences in the book and a little bit of over-explaining from time to time, but not enough to ruin the story for me.
- I wanted more. Honestly, I would have loved for this to be a longer book (and if you are familiar with my past reviews, I constantly complain about books that are overlong for no good reason, so when I say I wanted more that is really a compliment!). While I thought the backstory between Charlotte and John was solid, I really wanted to read more about their relationship as adults.
I really enjoyed this story. It is clean, sweet, and appropriate for teens and adults. I think the author’s idea to write love stories incorporating each of the senses, in this case sound, is unique and interesting. This is a heartwarming contemporary romance and I recommend it.
This book is the first book in a series called Senses of Love. The second book – The Sight of Love – is also available.
Thank you to the author, Kyle Shoop, for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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