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Reviewed by Hayley Haun for Readers' Favorite
Rosie Wilkins has a bit of a tiff with her husband Sal. When he claims her to be boring and no longer fun and adventurous, Rosie takes the words hard. She decides to travel solo to Pont de Sor, Portugal. In the sunny country, she can write, sing in a choir and maybe live on the wild side for a few weeks. It is time to show Sal that he is utterly wrong. However, during her supposedly short stay, Covid steamrolls through. Rosie is forced to stay in Portugal. Her desire to go home is strong, but things at home are rocky and not just because of the pandemic. Rosie begins to realize her marriage is far from perfect, and her hopes to show Sal he is wrong fall apart. Rosie must overcome both the emotional wreckage of her marriage and the illness spreading like wildfire. Despite all of this, friends, inspiration, and self-love are found in the unlikeliest situations.
Carry on Singing by Julie Hodgson belts out a serenade of humor and vulnerability. Short and sweet, yet relatable to our lives today, Carry on Singing hits home for everyone throughout the world. No matter who they are, people felt and still do feel the repercussions when Covid took over. Hodgson reflects on the effects of the virus through characters with different backgrounds and personalities. Covid is the external conflict making or breaking these characters. The growth and character arcs are enjoyable because there is a clear transformation within the storyline. Carry on Singing reveals there is a light at the end of the tunnel.