Dirty Little Secrets by Jennifer Echols

Friday, July 19, 2013

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Summary from Goodreads

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. 
But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16058488-dirty-little-secret

My Review 

I could never put fiddle and love story in one sentence. That is until I've read this book. I wasn't expecting much from this story since I'm not that good with music, let alone play a fiddle. Honestly speaking, I'm not familiar with this string instrument, until google helped me out. All I wanted is a feel good story that will save my boredom for the day. This book had successfully done that, and more than that. I was entertained beyond my expectation and quite enjoy the complicated, annoying but adorable love story of Sam and Bailey.
It's all about music for this two, and family troubles in the sideline. At times, it feels like Bailey's problem is too shallow for the story. There are also a lot of background stories that they were not much elaborated. Though the background stories tells a lot about the characters, I didn't get enough emotional investment from them.
I was a bit disappointed since I prefer the story to focus on their family problems rather than their big dream, which is so wrong of me since this a music book. (That's what I'm calling it) Another disappointment for me is that I wasn't able to have a glimpse of any of Bailey's composition.It would be so much better if I did, then maybe the emotions Bailey is trying to say for her family and Sam would reach to me.
But what I love most in this story is when they introduced Dancin' away with my heart" by Lady Antebellum. I must admit that I don't know all of the songs mentioned in this book, except that one. Which is one of my favorite, thus this book notched up in my list. :)


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