Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Living By Ear

About the Book

What happens when the world you love doesn’t press pause when you do? Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a "short" career break to marry and have kids changed everything. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to find her place in life. 

After filing for divorce, she learns that her attempts to reestablish her own rhythms—both in music and in love—are more complicated than she'd anticipated. Her two teenagers are desperate for their mom, and her soon-to-be-ex-husband is throwing every obstacle he can in her way. Adding to the stress is the progress in technology, which has not only changed the music industry, but also the dating world. Is there room in the mix for Chris?

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  I'm a music fanatic, so when I saw this book pop up I knew I had to join the tour. Living By Ear is not just a story about music, it's a story about life, struggle, and finding your muse in the midst of everything falling apart.

Christine is ready for some major changes in her life, but they all seem to hit her at once. Obstacle after obstacle hits her as she tries to embrace her new life and what she can do with it now. In a world where everything changes,  adjustments are must but they aren't easy.

Some parts of this story are a little slow, but overall, I really enjoyed it! I loved the premise, I loved the never ending surprises. This book wasn't predictable, and I love that about a story these days.  I loved the way I could relate to Christine, and made me root for her to get through the struggles all the more.

Living By Ear is a story anyone can enjoy, and I do recommend it!

Author Bio:
Mary Rowen loves music and is a Boston area mom to teenagers. All of her novels focus on women of various ages growing up, or at least becoming comfortable with themselves. Her essays have been anthologized and/or published on multiple blogs. Mary grew up in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, is a graduate of Providence College, and has worked as a teacher, writer, salesperson, and political canvasser. She firmly believes that all of those jobs provide good preparation for an aspiring writer.

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  1. This sounds like an interesting book and something I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  2. Thank you, Nikki, for hosting and for this great review! --Mary Rowen