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Jody Pritchett had a dream...but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody's a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn't take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.

Leo Sinclair had his own dream...but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn't think he's a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again.
When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.

As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide which dreams are worth clinging to...because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

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ISBN-13: 9781511574969
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2015
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Everything (A Songbird Novel) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
artfullee More than 1 year ago
I have a new go-to author. ..."Everything" was a story about chasing dreams, having them dashed by one impulsive decision, and finding out that your dreams can evolve over time and morph into something much much more than you could have ever hoped for. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will definitely be going back and reading the first two books in this series. I really liked the authors style of writing, the dual point of views, the honest dialogue, the way that I could relate to every emotion, and the ability to put myself in the characters shoes. Even though this is book 3 in the Songbird series, it can easily be read as a stand alone but I promise you, you will want to read book 1 and 2 to catch up on the back story of the supporting characters in "Everything". Jody was working her way towards her dream of singing on Broadway when everything changed and she was forced to give up that dream to become a single mother. Her babies father, her drama teacher, left her high and dry to cope on her own. The way the author realistically portrayed the struggle of a young 20 year old, thrust into motherhood before she was ready, made it so much easier to connect with Jody and I felt the conflicts within her while coming to terms with a life she had not chosen. Don't get me wrong, Jody was a caring and loving mother to her daughter Angel, that was evident, but you could also understand why she often felt down about having to give up her dream while her ex lover rode off into the sunset to pursue his without a backward glance. When a chance meeting with Leo leads her to an apartment and a job that would suit her situation perfectly, she is determined to make it on her own, to provide a happy and stable home for Angel, not wanting to be a burden on her father or sister, and I admired her for that. There was only one instance where her inner dialogue seemed out of place for the intimate moment it was, and this made me pause and wonder why she would be thinking that at that time. Apart from that, I liked Jody, her love of her daughter, her loyalty to her family and friends, her strength of character and her 'ray of sunshine' personality. Leo Sinclair was chasing his own dream. Music was in his blood, always finding comfort and solace in having a song for every occasion, emotion and person, able to lift the mood of those around him with his infectious love of music and his innate ability to read a person or situation perfectly. He wanted to make it big on Broadway as a writer and producer, and he knew all too well the feeling of putting your dreams on hold for someone else. I loved Leo's character, I was drawn to his creative nature, his caring and thoughtful personality and the way he expressed himself through music. Throughout my life I have always relied on music as a backstop for my emotions, able to lift my mood in a second, so I easily identified with Leo and the significance of music in his life. This sweet romance grew from friendship, from understanding and from a shared love of music. Their connection was very well portrayed, their dialogue was realistic, the emotions heartfelt and skillfully transferred to the reader. I was happy with the direction this story took, the situations were well presented, serving as learning experiences for the characters and vehicles for character growth. I was engaged in Jody and Leo's story from beginning to end and am looking forward to reading the first two books to learn more about Elle and Morgan. Melissa Pearl is a new author to me and I will eagerly read her subsequent books.