Monday, October 7, 2013

Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Title:  Rhythm and Bluegrass
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bluegrass #2
Main Characters: Bonnie and Will
Release Date: October 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Digital
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.

My Review:
This is book #2 in the series, but it should be noted that it actually takes place before book #1. I have no idea why they were released like that, but obviously both books work perfectly well as stand-alone novels. Book #1 just explains how the tourism board works in Kentucky, but since Bonnie (the heroine in this book is hardly ever in the main office, it really doesn't affect this book.)

This book is about Bonnie. She's the historian for the Kentucky tourism board and has been brought in to help collect some memorabilia from an old music hall that's about to be torn down. Bonnie's passion is history and so when she sees what's about to disappear from Kentucky, she starts to fight to save the music hall, something that this small town just can't have. They NEED this music hall torn down so that the new underwear manufacturing plant can come in with all the jobs that it brings. This is a town on the brink of completely dying...40% unemployment rate. When it comes to history or their livelihood, they are going to choose their livelihood and the Mayor, Will, is heading the charge to fight Bonnie.

Bonnie's life is history and she can be a little one-tracked when it comes to the subject, but she also has another thing going for her that this little town needs. She knows how to work the system to help preserve that history. This town is dying, but it has such a rich history....from the music hall to the town hall to the library. Bonnie has found a place that needs her...she just has to convince them of that too. The town is also full of eccentric characters that I loved. Molly Harper has an amazing writing voice and that comes through in this book with those characters. I loved the little surprises that kept being slowly revealed throughout the book about the Music Hall through the town's citizens. 

It was definitely a fun book to read in another great series by Molly Harper. I'm really hoping we get Kealsey's story next. She deserves a good HEA and she has such a GREAT backstory!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

1 comment:

Felicia S said...

Poor Molly Harper--that has happened to her twice. I am curious to see if this one will make me like the 1rst one more. :)