David's Song Taken from the book cover: Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience. A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.
My Review: Where to even begin. I finished this book more than a week ago and it's been on my mind a lot. In a good way and a bad way.
Let me explain.
Talley's writing is excellent. I'd never have known she was was a first-time author. She seamlessly wove the present with an important back-story. I never got frustrated with the changes in time and setting. She handled them so well. The story was interesting and I didn't want to stop reading. I wanted to know where we were headed.
And that's where the bad way comes in. The book made me uncomfortable a few times--both because I wanted Annie to make wise choices but at the same time, I wanted her to find happiness. Annie was a sympathetic character. I understood her confusion and frustration. I wondered what she was going to decide and even though I knew what I'd have chosen in her place and I questioned her wisdom, I understood her. Sometimes, when we're hurting, it's hard to be wise.
I started out feeling sympathetic toward Jeremy (the husband) but then he made me so upset, I wanted to shake him. I started out not liking David so much, but by the end of it, my heart ached for him and I wanted him to find happiness, too. I wanted them all to be happy and there was no way for that to happen, so it was very conflicting.
This is the first in a trilogy about these characters (that's my understanding) and I'm really curious to see what Talley does with the rest of the series. I think it's a sign of a good book that it's been on my mind a lot since I finished it.
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