The-Song-In-My-Heart-by-Tracey-RichardsonThe Song In My Heart by Tracey Richardson was a surprising delight. I haven’t read any of Richardson’s work before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I began reading it took me only a handful of pages to become completely captivated by the book.

The story is about two women from extremely different life experiences who are undeniably drawn together.

Dess was a world famous singer until she got throat cancer and withdrew from the world.

Erika Alvarez is a new talent on the music scene. She is young, ambitious and has a voice to make your knees weak.

Dess gets a phone call one day from a friend asking her to listing to some music from the new and talented singer. Dess doesn’t want to get involved in the music industry in any way but her friend is rather persistent and she finally gives in.

When she watches Erika perform Dess is mesmerised and agrees to help Erika.

When Erika and Dess meet there is instant chemistry and the two fall hopelessly in love. But, as with all good romances, life happens and they are torn apart.

The question is, will they overcome their fears and their contractual obligations and learn to be together?

The Characters

Dess and Erika are well written and unique characters. I liked that Richardson introduced personal flaws and fears into the equation because it made everything more believable. I also liked that Erika pushed to continue the relationship and even though Dess was hopelessly in love she also had a boatload of fear.

My favourite character in the book, however, is Sloane. Sloane is the friend who introduced Erika to Dess. She is a well known drummer and throughout the book she is off drumming for one well known artist or another.

Sloane was a kick ass character and I would love to see her get her own book.

The Writing Style

Tracey Richardson is a good author. Her book was a page turner, her characters were believable and I did not see the resolution coming. Nice work, Ms Richardson.

The Pros

I loved this book.

The Cons

The cover could have been slightly better. Not that it is a bad cover, but I would have liked to see an older woman on the cover to represent Dess. The blond isn’t really accurate to either of the main characters.

sheena's favouriteThe Conclusion

Great book. Go get it right now.

Excerpt from The Song In My Heart by Tracey Richardson

Dess leaned closer to the screen to better study the luscious cleavage exposed by the open leather vest, her lasciviousness giving her a pang of voyeuristic guilt. But only a brief pang. Sex appeal oozed from Erika’s sensuous strokes of the microphone and the subtle swaying of her hips in time to the song’s slow beat. A beat that matches the rhythm of sex, it occurred to Dess. Erika knew how to use her sex appeal without flaunting it or debasing herself, and the combination of sexy and wholesome was something money couldn’t buy.

Her voice too was like nothing Dess had ever heard before – gravel and silk, deep and rumbling, then soaring high and sweet. It was pure, clear, powerful – a light summer breeze one instant, a ripping, thunderous storm the next.

“Goddammit, Sloane.” Dess whistles softly and wiped the fine film of sweat from her forehead.

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Publisher: Bella Books

ISBN-13: 9781594934445

Tracey Richardson’s website

Note: I received a free review copy of this book for review. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always endeavour to review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

The Song in My Heart Book Cover The Song in My Heart
Tracey Richardson
Fiction
Bella Books
April 28, 2015
264

Fame and money rained down on Dess Hampton like a monsoon. She couldn’t imagine needing more—until her golden voice was silenced. Now her quiet days are filled with her guitar and she savors every sunrise. Curious, and as a favor to a friend, she emerges to hear a rumored superstar in the making. Talent pours out of Erika Alvarez through her voice and her fingertips. She’s awed that the reclusive Dess Hampton wants to hear her sing, and then blown away when Dess agrees to sit in for a few gigs. Dess can tell that Erika is destined for the life that she once had and wants no part of, ever again. But can the magic of the music they make together, and the growing love between them, trump Erika’s ambition and Dess’s fears? How much are they willing to sacrifice for music—and for each other?