The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story [NOOK Book]

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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 Seaboro, South Carolina—he falls in love with Charlotte Carrington.

With his soul now filled with hope, Jimmy writes his first love song. When he performs it at a holiday concert to a standing ...

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The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story

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Overview


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 Seaboro, South Carolina—he falls in love with Charlotte Carrington.

With his soul now filled with 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 going on tour with 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 Jack’s wedding in Ireland to sing at a Christmas Eve concert. And his ties to Charlotte seem to be ever so quickly slipping away.

Alone in New York City on Christmas Eve, Jimmy finally sees—with the help of a Christmas miracle or two—that his material gains are nothing compared to love, that he is losing all that really matters in his life. Is it too late to find his way to Ireland, to his brother, and to love?

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Nancy Carty Lepri, NY Journal of Books
Jimmy and Jack Sullivan, members of the band the Unknown Souls, travel the bar and club circuit hoping to make it big. Raised in a dysfunctional family with a drunken and abusive father, the brothers live a nomadic lifestyle. That is, until Kara Larson, Jack’s childhood sweetheart from Palmetto Point, South Carolina, reconnects with him after many years.

Meanwhile Jimmy, Jack’s older brother and protector, finds himself falling in love with Kara’s best friend, Charlotte Carrington. He thinks he will never find happiness due to his past, but Charlotte brings him out of his shell and proves the meaning of true love.
 
This is a heartwarming story of love, pain, and redemption. Irish proverbs supplement the beginning of several chapters, adding to a mystical touch in the writing. Each of the complex characters work together to create a cohesive whole, much like pieces to a puzzle. All this, added to the vivid descriptions of the Southern country where the brothers grew up as well as the lush Irish landscape really help place the reader right in the story.

Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad
"I fell in love with both Patti Callahan Henry and her work. The Perfect Love Song is a lyrical and heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness. Patti takes you to those places in the heart you didn't even know you wanted to go."

Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed
“Her characters are so real, you feel as if you’ve known them a very long time.”

Cassandra King, author of Same Sweet Girls
“Patti Callahan Henry's The Perfect Love Song is a wonderfully romantic and inspiring novel about love and redemption that sings with emotional truth. An essential read by a master storyteller.”

Kat Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Clock
The Perfect Love Song is the perfect love story for the holiday season.”

Library Journal, starred review
“This charming and romantic novel by the author of Driftwood Summer and Between the Tides will appeal to women's fiction fans and romance readers.”

New York Journal of Books
“This heartwarming story of love and pain is written in narrative, as though the reader is outside looking in. Irish proverbs supplement the beginning of several chapters, adding to a mystical touch in the writing. Vivid descriptions of the Southern country where the brothers grew up as well as the lush Irish geography really help place the reader right in the story.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593156527
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 220,350
  • File size: 302 KB

Meet the Author


Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels: Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Between the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer.

Patti is hailed as a fresh new voice in Southern fiction. She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Fiction Novel of the Year. She is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups, where she discusses the importance of storytelling.

Patti lives with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Read “When Light Breaks” first! The “Perfect


    Read “When Light Breaks” first! The “Perfect Love Song” is the sequel to that book. I liked the premise of this story based on the jacket cover description, but had a really hard time getting in to it initially. I almost gave up 30 pages in to it. I didn’t realize it was a sequel and it felt like I was catching a movie 30 minutes after it started. The author gives a bit of back story so it could be read as a standalone, but it just still didn’t flow right for me. When I discovered it was a sequel, I stopped and went back to read the first book. I’m so glad that I did. Both books were thoroughly enjoyable, but having read When Light Breaks made all the difference when I went back to reread The Perfect Love Song; everything just clicked.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    The Worst Story Ever!

    This is the worst book I've ever read... The characters were dull and whiny. You can get better quality from a Lifetime movie. I threw my copy away just so I wouldn't have to look at it and be reminded of how awful it was.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Looking 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 found in Palmetto Pointe, South Carolina. Neither brother thought they would ever call the town home again, after their mother packed them up, leaving their alcoholic father behind. But when a childhood friend comes looking for Jack, life changes for both brothers. Kara volunteered at a nursing home out of duty. But slowly, as she spends time with an elderly woman, Maeve Mahoney, does the true meaning of love hit her. Kara was engaged to a pro golfer, but after listening to Maeve tell stories of her love, Richard, from Ireland, Kara calls it off and goes looking for Jack. As Jack and Kara come together, Jimmy glances Kara's best friend, Charlotte. Jimmy is not the romantic type, but he falls for Charlotte. He can't afford to buy her a Christmas present, but what he can give her is a song. When he sings her his love song, no one could guess how their lives would spiral out of control. Jimmy winds up singing his song spontaneously during a concert set, and it's forever dubbed "The Perfect Christmas Song." Jimmy is asked to join a famous country duo for their Christmas tour the following year. When Jimmy's tour eventually prevents him from attending Jack and Kara's wedding in Ireland in Maeve's honor, Charlotte and Jimmy have to each come to learn what real love means. The story is one of love and loss, and ultimately redemption and hope. Charlotte could be bitter and angry with Jimmy's seemingly spoiled attitude, but she holds strong and independent. It was a nice change to see a female character remain true to herself in trying times. If I have any complaints about the story, there would only be one: at the beginning it was hard to keep track of who was who. But don't despair. Quickly the characters all come together and the story becomes embedded in your heart.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

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    an entertaining character study

    Jimmy Sullivan writes a beautiful Perfect Love Song for his beloved girlfriend Charlotte Carrington. The lyrics are so well received; he leaves Palmetto Pointe, South Carolina to go on tour with his brother Jack, their band The Unknown Souls and a who's who of country music. He enjoys the glitter of the bright lights, the fame of people remembering his name, and the side benefits of being with the legends.

    However, his family and that girlfriend who he wrote his original song for are upset with Jimmy. Indifferent to their pleading, he chooses to perform on Christmas Eve at Radio City Music Hall instead of being the best man at his brother's wedding. Will success spoil Jimmy Sullivan as he wanders alone in Manhattan on Christmas Eve?

    The Perfect Love Song is an entertaining character study that modernizes the movie Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Jimmy is an intriguing lead protagonist who chose career over love so we naive romance fans will feel no empathy for him though logically we understand his opportunity choice. Fans who enjoy a warm relationship drama will want to read Patti Callahan Henry's tender tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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