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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck comes Nashville Sweetheart, a story of dreams lost and found in one of America’s hottest cities.
“Packing witty dialogue, quirky characters, and a rocking country vibe, her story will make you laugh as it plunges you into the world of today’s country music industry.” —Christianbook.com
The media mystery that is superstar Aubrey James is about to be unraveled—one memory at a time.
At thirty years old, Aubrey James has been at the top of country charts for over a decade; but as the daughter of gospel icons Ray and Myra James, she was in the public eye long before her own success. Aubrey James knows Nashville stardom.
Though her parents’ untimely death gave Aubrey the kind of tragic legacy that Nashville royalty is made of, she would have preferred keeping her family . . . and the faith she lost somewhere along the way. Now she exists in a guarded, private world, letting nothing in, not even love.
But when her music director betrays Aubrey’s trust with a smear campaign of tabloid interviews, the star knows the time has come to go public with her private story for the first time. And when her Inside NashVegas interviewer turns out to be a man from her past—a man she’d hoped to forget—this interview gets complicated fast.
The music diva’s guarded heart is about to become a distant memory.
Nashville Sweetheart is a wild ride through the whirlwind of Nashville stardom, the political show that is the music business, and the secret faith that can fortify even the most tragic family ties.
*Nashville Sweetheart was originally published as Diva NashVegas.
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About the Author
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I saw this book available for review on BookLook I was pretty excited – I love reading books by Rachel Hauck and I have little bit of an infatuation with Nashville. (If you ask my husband, he may say it’s more than a little bit of an infatuation….haha) Anyway, I was pretty stoked to be given the chance to read and review a book by an author I enjoy that is set in a town I’m pretty fond of. What I didn’t realize was that this is actually a re-release of a book Rachel put out in 2007 under the title Diva NashVegas. Not that it matters, I was just unaware that she had released books set in Nashville in the past. If I had known they were out there, I probably would have read them sooner. :) Nashville Sweetheart tells the story of Aubrey James, a so-called queen of country music. Aubrey rose to fame after the tragic death of her parents who were pioneers in gospel music – music has been a part of her life forever. After being at the top of the charts for over a decade, Aubrey’s life starts to unravel. A former band member betrays her and sells lies to the tabloids, she calls off her engagement to a high-profile Nashville resident and she fights with her label when they don’t respect her wishes. Her world is even more shaken when a reporter from Inside NashVegas digs up someone from her past, someone she wishes she could forget. Then she finds herself falling for this same reporter. With her past and present colliding right in front of her, Aubrey realizes it’s time to stop tackling everything on her own and turn back to God, the one she can count on through thick and thin. I think it goes without saying that I really enjoyed this book. I’ve yet to read a book by Rachel Hauck that I haven’t enjoyed. I was able to lose myself in Nashville for a while as I was reading this book and even found myself relating to some of Aubrey’s struggles, her character is totally relatable even if her career is not. I can’t wait to get my hands on Nashville Dreams, the other book in Hauck’s Nashville Collection. Even more, I can’t wait to find myself back in Nashville….for real this time. :) Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Aubrey James is Nashville's Sweetheart, a famous country singer loved by thousands of people. When her parents are suddenly taken from her, she turns her back on God and dives into singing career. Aubrey tries her hardest to keep her life private, however someone close to her betrays her trust and sells insider information in an effort to bring Aubrey down. Aubrey decides the best way to clear the rumors is to tell her own story and face her past. She also must face the person she wished she could forget. My Review: This was a good read for me. All characters were believable. The book is done in an interview format. ( the protagonist speaking with a reporter and retells an event or their life) I enjoyed how her life developed as she retold her story. There is drama, heartbreak and emotional suspense. Characters in the book are believable but no one actually stood out for me as memorable except the protagonist. The book title and the storyline connection is a good match: 5/5 rating. The book cover is simple however it connects with the story line, my rating is 3.5/5 and the overall reading review of the novel is a DArn Good read with a review rating of 3.5 /5 .
Despite being "the queen of country," Aubrey James hasn't had the easiest life. She agrees to a series of interviews with a local news program and begins an introspective journey digging deeper into her life. She definitely gets more than she bargained for when she agreed to the interview! Nashville Sweetheart gives readers a glimpse at the behind the scenes life of a country music star. There's a great romantic thread running throughout, but mostly this book focuses on learning about yourself and finding your true self in Christ. At times, I was confused by how the story was laid out. It's definitely a unique style. But once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it. Nashville Sweetheart reminds me a lot of the TV show Nashville (but a cleaner version) and was a really fun read! [4 stars] NOTE: Nashville Sweetheart was originally published in 2007 with the title Diva NashVegas. I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.