Thursday, September 5, 2013

#REVIEW: Louder Than Love @jesstopper

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper is Sweeter than Strawberries.

In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband...and discovers a love that defies classification.

It's been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth...the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.

Recluse rocker Adrian "Digger" Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids' TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter.

Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it's unclear whose past looms larger: the widow's or the rocker's. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?

REVIEW
This was a powerful book. It dealt with that difficult subject of love after loss. The author's voice is raw, making the story difficult to read at times. It's certainly not a light-hearted romance, not conforming to the traditional romance formula. And certainly a love story that includes children has even that many more layers to it. The beginning was a slow start but in hindsight, that makes sense as Kat/ Tree gets through her sorrow. Readers needed the back story to make sense of her current relationship. It was a complicated story to tell.

This debut author rocked it. She brings readers a book with emotion -both joy and sadness- without either being overdone. The characters, including the secondary ones, are multi-dimensional and each have their own issues which added to the story. Readers will like these characters (I did.) and cheer them on to a HEA.

RATING
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was provided through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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