REVIEW: Pleasantly surprised! I answered a request for reviewers for an author I haven’t had the pleasure of reading before. That can always be a toss up! This time turned out to be in my favor. I really liked the book and already plan to read more of her work. The book was Stage Fright by Kate Lloyd.
The story is about a church choir that goes to England for a singing tour. They put on concerts in various churches in the evenings. The trip is a week long and believe me there is a lot going on. The author brings the trip to life with her descriptions of the places they visit. You feel like you are on tour with them.
The trip is seen through the eyes of Jessica. She is beautiful with a voice to match. She has a terrible case of stage fright and lets the talents of others outshine her. You get to know Jessica the most. There are other characters in the choir and on the tour that we get to know but not as deeply as her.
The ending is a bit abrupt. I can understand it since they were headed home. I can also see a sequel and this story turned into a series. I recommend this book to anyone who loves music, traveling and a little romance thrown in.
I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you!
SYNOPSIS: Jessica Nash loves to sing but is paralyzed every time she gets on stage. After blowing an excruciating audition, she wonders if she should give up on her dream. She’s already committed to a week-long choral tour of England with her church choir, though, and as a single mom with a limited income, this might be her only chance to travel.
The trip gets off to a rocky start when Jessica has to sit next to Martin, a once-famous British tenor whose career plummeted in a scandal, on the flight to London. Is it her imagination, or does he seem to aim his bitterness toward womankind specifically at her? And to make things worse, once they arrive Jessica discovers she has to room with the choir’s thorny lead soprano.
When Nick, their handsome tour guide, takes a special interest in showing Jessica the sights, things finally seem to be falling into place. She starts to relax and let herself be wooed against the backdrop of the charming English countryside. But is she ready to give him as much as he’s asking for?
Things aren’t as simple as they seem. Almost every person on the tour, it seems, is hiding a secret, and before her English holiday is over Jessica will find herself stretched and tested in every direction—including the soloist’s place center stage.