Patti Callahan Henry
- Title: The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story
- Author: Patti Callahan Henry
- ISBN: 9781441869937
- Page: 304
- Format: Audio CD
Jimmy Sullivan has been living on the road with his brother, Jack, and his band the Unknown Souls Without a place to call home, Jimmy and Jack lead a nomadic life filled with music and anonymous cities When they return to a place Jimmy never wants to see again their old hometown of Palmetto Pointe, South Carolina he falls in love with Charlotte Carrington.With a soulJimmy Sullivan has been living on the road with his brother, Jack, and his band the Unknown Souls Without a place to call home, Jimmy and Jack lead a nomadic life filled with music and anonymous cities When they return to a place Jimmy never wants to see again their old hometown of Palmetto Pointe, South Carolina he falls in love with Charlotte Carrington.With a soul now full of hope, Jimmy writes his first love song When he performs it at a holiday concert to a standing ovation, the lyrics are dubbed the Perfect Love Song, so much so that Jimmy finds himself touring alongside famous country music stars catapulted into a world where the trappings of fame and fortune reign supreme.All too soon, the hope that had once inspired Jimmy to write such beautiful, genuine lyrics is overshadowed by what the song can do for him and his career In his thirst for recognition, he agrees to miss his brother s wedding in Ireland to sing at a Christmas Eve concert And his ties with Charlotte seem to be ever so quickly fading away.Alone on Christmas Eve in New York City, Jimmy finally sees with a little help from some Christmas miracles that his material gains are nothing compared to love, and that he is losing all that really matters Is it too late to find his way to Ireland, to his brother, and to love
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I started this book in November and felt very disconnected from the point-of-view so I put it back on the shelves to read later. I'm glad that I finally picked it up as it was an enjoyable light Christmas read. The story is very predictable once again and I absolutely knew how it was all going to end, but that was okay with me once I accepted this book for what it was. I liked the female characters in the book a lot, and I even enjoyed Jimmy's rise to fame and how singers are manipulated by thei [...]
Having finished this last night, I am now chugging lemon water in an attempt to rid myself of the saccharine taste left by Patti Callahan Henry's attempt at holiday cheer. An homage to the country-western triad of melancholia, self-doubt and a checkered past, the intended themes of true love and divine forgiveness are lost in an underdeveloped plot. Trite archetypes, flat dialogue and a baffling (mostly) third-person narrative do absolutely nothing to help Song's cause. The one bright spot for H [...]
Gawd, I have diabetes now, because this was so sickeningly sweet. I like romance, I like a good story, but this was so cliched and saccharine, it was like the Hallmark Channel hired someone to write a novel. Let me give you an example of the writing style;"Families had never been a safe place for Jimmy and he believed they never would be, like growing up in a war-torn country and then believing that all lands are the same. But here he was beginning to relax into the rhythm of a new place where C [...]
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. I picked up this book from my mom's bookshelf because I have enjoyed some of Patti Callahan Henry's other books. The characters are one-dimensional, annoying, and oblivious. The dialogue stilted and juvenile. What I really don't get about the novel is that the drama essentially revolves around a couple being apart for a month. One month. If they can't get through that, they should be reevaluating their relationship. The only interesting thing abo [...]
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadTooLooking for a Christmas story to help celebrate the holiday season? Look no further than THE PERFECT LOVE SONG. Two of my favorite things about the holidays include the music and the stories. Well, THE PERFECT LOVE SONG combines both of those favorites.In THE PERFECT LOVE SONG, we meet brothers Jack and Jimmy. They are members of a relatively unknown country band, Unknown Souls. They are on the road most of the time, but when they have free time, they can be fo [...]
This is a short, sweet story about Jimmy, a singer/songwriter who gets a bit caught up in success to the detriment of his relationship with his girlfriend Charlotte. Success means Jimmy is on the road singing while Charlotte stays back at home working as an interior designer. She's happy with her work and helping plan her best friend's wedding. Not being able to see Jimmy very often is just part of dating a musician, but when the phone calls become less frequent Charlotte isn't happy. [...]
Let me start this off by admitting this is not a book I would have picked out on my own. I'm not a chick-flick kind of girl. I don't do "sappy". Even married, I still hate Valentine's Day.Nonetheless, I took a chance on this book after this author was so highly recommended by one of my friends. To say she loves this author would be an understatement. If someone is that enthralled with an author, it piques my interest. I promised her I'd read a book by her favorite author after seeing her enthusi [...]
I just finished The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story by Patti Callahan Henry. It is different from her usual setting of the Lowcountry and the writing didn't flow for me the way it usually does. However, it was a sweet holiday story.Jimmy Sullivan and his brother Jack are country singers and trying to make it in the music industry. One night at a concert, Jimmy sings a song that he wrote for Charlotte Carrington, his hometown sweetheart in South Carolina, and it is heard by famous country musi [...]
Initially, I was captivated by the cover and the title. It sounded well, "perfect". I also loved how it was a holiday story about love. A surprisingly short read, was able to finish easily in one sitting. I loved the smooth ebb and flow to the storyline. A very visual and vivid description of characters in just about every scene. Some books of this sort give you an unrealistic spin on relationships and the way things often turn out in real life but this book really kept it down-to-earth and it w [...]
Actually 3.5 StarsFrom my book review blogRundpinne. Filled with hope, forgiveness, and family, The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry is an extraordinary story of love. The stories of the Sullivan brothers, Jimmy and Jack along with Kara Larson and Charlotte Carrington is lovingly woven together by Henry and narrated by Maeve Mahoney in a warm and homey manner which will make the reader think of home fires and hot cocoa. A story of hope and Christmas miracles, and the myth of the Claddag [...]
When I started reading this book, I was in a reading slump and throughout the first chapter I kept thinking I may not finish the book. Sometimes your mood has more to do with whether you'll like a book, even more so than the plot etc. So I decided to wait a few days and try again. And boy am I glad I did. This was such a good book! I was transfixed by the story and didn't put it down until I had read the last word. I loved reading about Jimmy, Charlotte, Kara and Jack, and found myself feeling a [...]
I thought this book was "just ok." It never really grabbed my attention. I picked it up because it was a holiday book, not knowing anything about the author or what she's written before. It seems to me there's a story that comes before this one--the story of Kara and Mauve. I wonder if I had read that book first if this one would interest me more.The story is told from an unidentified narrator, which bothered me at times. I'm not sure why other than I just wanted to know who it was! You do find [...]
If you want to find a sappy romance this is it. It's a love story that is so sickening sweet it's annoying. I do believe the word "love" is used more in this book than any other book ever written. Here is the main problem I had with this book; The author writes like a woman. And while there is usually nothing wrong with that it really doesn't work when writing men. All of the men in this book think and talk like women. If any man I was seeing said things to me like the two main male characters d [...]
How did this end up in my library? What a bunch of trash. Clearly made for old ladies to read.
This was such a sweet story. The Novella took place, primarily, over two holiday seasons, with the magical backdrop of the South and Ireland. I loved the characters and they seemed so familiar to me (and then discovered, in the author discussion, that they also appeared in an early book written by the author – I should have caught that!). I also loved reading about life of a singer-songwriter on the road (who hasn’t had a crush on one of these types). The theme, that nothing else matters [...]
This is a story that is not told from the main character's point of view but is told as someone telling a story about what happened. Two best friends have fallen in love with two brothers. Kara was lead to Jack by the story that Maeve Mahoney told her over the times when she visited her at the nursing home. Then through the love of the two of them Jack's brother Jimmy falls in love with Kara's best friend Charlotte. Jimmy writes a song about his love for Charlotte and the song ends up taking off [...]
Your feet will bring you to where your heart is. - Old Irish Proverb What fills the eyes fills te heart. - Old Irish Proverb I loved the quotes or sayings that were at the start of each chapter. I did not love the author's favorite character - the story teller. I prefer stories that are told in the first person, even better when chapters alternate perspectives each told from thir own point of view. So it took me longer to get into this short story, finally when there were only 50 pages left I re [...]
I was very disappointed. I struggled through the first chapter, flipped through the rest of the book to see if the disjointed writing and over dramatic voice continues through the story - it does - so I dropped it. I don't even know how to clearly explain my aversion - maybe it was that the first two pages of the story throw twenty characters at you, and then you're supposed to keep who's who straight. Maybe it was the cheesy, melodramatic writing. Or maybe it was that the story wasn't making an [...]
I'm probably in the minority when it comes to this little story, in that I liked it, in that I needed the hallmark type of love story on this super cold night across the world from my southern roots. Whatever the reason may be, this was the right story to read at this particular moment in my life. No this is not what I think of when I usually read Patti Callahan Henry's stories but it was sweet, and it shows that love can conquer all. It shows family matters, and missing the comfort and joys in [...]
I was drawn to read this book because it deals with injured souls who have faced abuse and loss of self-esteem, and recover their true, whole selves through the healing power of love. Callahan Henry explores the myriad ways love offers a creative and healing catalyst for the two brothers, partners in a band. It is written in a very sentimental style, with a narrator's voice inserting wisdom from Irish folklore and storytelling along the way. While it was a little saccharin for my taste, I liked [...]
Jimmy Sullivan, a country singer, wrote a beautiful love song for Charlotte Carrington, his hometown sweetheart in South Carolina. When it is heard at a holiday concert, he gets invited on a tour with some big stars. There is a conflict between his brother's wedding in Ireland and the date for a Christmas Eve concert. He has to decide which he will put first--his career or his family. It will take a Christmas miracle to get to his brother's wedding--and Charlotte's side--on time.This was a cute [...]
I just didn't like it. It is a light romance, which I knew when I picked it up. I was hoping that since it was an Okra pick (written by a Southern author) it would be sweet, touching, maybe funny.What it turned out to be was poorly written. It went from 3rd person to 1st person and back again, and I found it mostly irritating. I finished because it was short, and I was stuck at a debate meet with nothing else to read.I don't suggest it.
As much as I have enjoyed the author's other books, I was disappointed in this one. It was written as a story being told by the narrator and that made it hard for me to read. It did not seem original and all I could think of was "The Perfect Country and Western Song" by David Allan Coe as I read the book. I will keep this book in my collection, but I don't think I will be reading it each year like Mary Kay Andrews' "Blue Christmas". Now that is a fun Christmas read!
GOD that was sappy and ridiculous. Thoroughly predictable. Not very entertaining. They really needed to tone down the whole Maeve thing. I get she told this amazing story that brought Kara and Jack together, but get over it already! She doesn't have anything to do with the stuff going on now goodness! Anyway, I was a bit bored. I enjoy PCH for the most part, but the last two have struck out in my opinion.
This a feel good story of four friends and Christmas. Jimmy Sullivan has been living on the road with his brother Jack and his band. Jimmy has fallen in love with Charlotgte, good friends with his brother's fiance.Jimmy's Christmas present to Charlotte is a song he wrote for her.When he performs his song for other people a down hill situation occurs and Jimmy has to decide what is really important to him and his family.
charlotteswebofbooks.The Perfect Love Song is an enchanting novel that gets to the true spirit of Christmas. The fact that it has a little bit of Irish lore in it is just an added bonus . The book is a quick read at just a tidge over 200 pages, but the story will touch your heart & put you in the mood for the upcoming Holidays!
For some reason this book roped me in from the start . Maybe because I love music -I don't know . But in my opinion it was an excellent read . But read it with a box of Kleenex !! I am definitely gonna find the rest of this authors books and read them . Patti Callahan Henry had made my favorite authors list !!
A typical Christmas eve story where all the problems get solved just in time. I found the book unrealistic and relatively slow moving. As the main character moves around in the book, I thought that Henry lost her "Southern" feel, however she certainly made up for it with the Irish touches - if you are interested in Irish roots and history etc.
I'm surprised by all the great reviews, and really disappointed with this book by one of my favorite authors. It reads like a bad entry for a young adult short story contest. I gave up by the end of 20 or so pages. I wasn't thrilled with her last book and if the next one disappoints too, she will be off my list.
This was a cute Christmas love story. It kind of reminded me of something you'd watch on Lifetime during Christmas time. It was a quick read (I finished it in 5 hours) but worth the time. Full of love and hope and the importance of family. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a light read during the holidays.
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