Music City

Fiction - Womens
220 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2014
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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Music City, written by Leona Bryant, is a tale of family and friendship. Shelly Shepherd was born to shine. However, her childhood was full of abuse and heartache. Escaping her past, she found true love and was living the American dream of family and a career in music. When a long lost relative makes contact, Shelly hires two private investigators to help her uncover the truth regarding her family. Shelly had no idea what family was supposed to be like. Truth can be a bit messy; you can dig up dirt or delight so would it be worth the risk? Before long, with good investigating and some divine intervention, family members are discovered and forever friendships are forged. New friends, new family and a new beginning, they shared a past and they would now share a future together.

Leona Bryant writes a down to earth tale in Music City. Written in third person narrative, the refreshing, yet surprising story unfolds. The blend of rural country life mixed with the rich and famous city life of Nashville’s Music City made an excellent backdrop for the plot. Bryant writes well-rounded characters. The protagonist is abused, but not a victim; she is portrayed as smart, beautiful and extremely likeable. Although each character grows throughout the plot, some grow to a dynamic arc, while others grow full circle. The cast of characters surpass their personal tragedies and walk into their futures with new found self-assurance. However, the resolution of the novel is not concrete; Leona Bryant leaves room for the reader’s imagination. Music City is a tale of tragedy with a feel-good end.

Author Anna del C. Dye

I read the back blurb of Music City by Leona Bryant and became intrigued by it. I started to read and I couldn’t set it down. I stayed up until past my bed time to read it in one day. It is a great tale, an awesome romance, and a well written story. It has many details that will bring the book to memory well after you have finished it.

A young girl, Shelly, leaves her mother and siblings at fifteen, after being abused one too many times by her mother. Naïve and lucky, she finds a trucker who is taken by her likeness to his own daughter. He is going to Nashville and takes her there. He gets her a job in the restaurant where he leaves her, with a great lady for a roommate. While in this place, she meets music mogul, Trent Shepard. He has a crush on her, but he waits until she turns 18 to declare his feelings for her. When he discovers that she loves him too, he asks her to marry him. They become the parents of a girl and a boy.

This book touches on her past life and the changes and mysteries that open up after she is contacted by her sister’s husband, a good-for-nothing who wants money from Shelly, now a multi-billionaire music celebrity herself. This book has mysteries, crime, strong characters and a detective that plays a great role in the story. I enjoyed the book so much I could not stop reading it. It is clean and wholesome and it should be well received by many readers, from young adults to adults alike.