By Jenny B.Jones
Published by Thomas Nelson, Oct 4th
In a charming cottage in rural Ireland, Finely comes face-to-face with the loss of a brother, the hottest teen actor ... and her past.
When Finely books her trip to the "Emerald Isle" as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from God. After all, since her brother's recent death, God seems to have forgotten she even exists.
Now all she wants to do is let her heart heal, see the sights in her brother's favorite country, and work on her college audition piece for a prestigious music conservatory. She plans to sue her brother's journal from his time in Ireland as her guide, yet from the moment she boards the plane and sits next to Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to her well-ordered plan.
The peace and beauty of the Irish village are no match for the chaos that soon becomes her life. When she gets roped into working as Beckett Rush's personal assistant, she finds this famous wild child is not quite what he seems. And as she grows closer to the mysterious actor, hew own secrets refuse to stay put.
As things begin to unravel, Finely takes desperate measures to control her own life and fill the empty spaces her brother left behind. When it all comes crashing down, Finely must discover how to give her past to God ... if there's to be any hope in her future.
Warning! Not your typical 'depressed-teenage-girl-who-falls-in-love-with-a-vampire-novel. In fact this does not even come close to anything "Twilight" in nature, which to me is a very good thing. This book touches the heart on so many levels and delves into difficult issues including: eating disorders, depression, death, forgiveness, and purpose in life. While it does reference vampire books.movies, it's really as more of Beckett's characters occupation than theme of the book. I really loved the use of Ireland as setting for the book. The authors descriptions on the weather, music, food, scenery, etc of this country make you feel as though you are really there. Perhaps, because I am a musician, this book struck a particular chord with me- but I really think that this book encompasses a lot of thing that any young woman struggles with-and the use of music to communicate different plot twists was intriguing. I highly recommend reading this book-I was absolutely captivated by it and could not put it down!
Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker
Jenny B. Jones uses a finely honed sense of humor and a 500 horsepower imagination to deliver quirky characters that will make you laugh and cry then laugh again. This award-winning author just keeps getting better and better. Novel Rocket and I give it a 5-star recommendation. Don't miss this one!
Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan, Sr. editor