Home (A Songbird Novel) by Melissa Pearl is definitely different from anything I’ve read before. It definitely takes on an emotional ride but you finish the book feeling really good about how everything turned out. Rachael and Joshua are already in a relationship when this story begins. They live in the small town of Payton where Josh is happy where things are. He loves Rachael and loves his town. What more could her want? Rachael is a different story. She doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life in the small town of Payton. She has a dream of becoming a famous musician. She hasn’t lead the easiest life and she has survived some pretty horrific events but she holds on to this unfulfilled dream and will do anything to make it real.
Finally Rachael gets her big break and leaves Payton as well as Josh behind but come to find out making it big isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. She wants Josh back. She finally figured out that throwing the important things in life away aren’t worth the risk of gaining what you want. Sometimes what your want/need are right in front of you.
This book has all the feels and you can’t help but fall instantly in love with Josh and Rachael which makes her leaving for LA so incredibly heart breaking. Its also very relatable. People have dreams that they spend their lifetime trying make it a reality so when the opportunity for Rachael came she jumped on it. Watching Rachael struggle through the decisions and mistakes she’s made is hard to read but it also makes you think and reflect on your own life decisions. At certain parts you can’t help but hold your breath because of the pain Rachael goes through because she’s far away from the place in which she wants to be. I promise you’ll be able to breathe again by the end of the book.
Overall it was a good book. I loved how it’s very different from other books out there. The relationship was already established and it deals with very real issues about chasing your dreams and figuring out what is important in life. It makes you reflect on your own.
Also, there is a playlist in which to follow when reading the book. I think it did a great job setting up the emotions and feelings throughout the book.