Author: Melissa Pearl
Jody Pritchett had a dream…but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody’s a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn’t take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.
Leo Sinclair had his own dream…but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn’t think he’s a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again.
When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.
As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to…because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.
This was my first book by Melissa Pearl, and I was an instant fan. I absolutely loved everything about this book. There were so many great things about it that I’m actually finding it hard to review, so I’ll just start with the characters.
Jody was one of the most realistic characters I’ve ever read. She had goals and dreams, but had to put them on hold when she finds herself a single mother, living back at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. For Jody, her daughter became her #1 priority, and she now finds herself looking towards a new future. When she feels that her choices have negatively impacted her family, she decides that it’s time for her to move on and make her own way. Enter Leo, who makes Jody an offer she can’t refuse.
Leo has goals and dreams of his own, and those goals have him moving from Australia to LA to get closer to where he wants to be – Broadway. Leo meets Jody, and is instantly drawn in by the sadness that he sees in her, and despite his reservations, reaches out to help her. Leo is exactly what Jody needs in her life, but Jody and her daughter, Angel, will only serve as a distraction for his goals, so Leo tries to keep things on a professional level. He soon finds that she may be exactly what he needs as well, but is he willing to sacrifice everything he’s worked towards and moved half way around the world for?
One of my favorite things about this book is that it shows that sometimes new dreams can turn out so much better than what you wanted for yourself if you’re willing to open your eyes and heart to what’s in front of you. Highly recommend. 5 well-deserved stars.