Published by Harper Impulse on 6th February 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Issues, Romance
Buy on Amazon US • Buy on Amazon UK
An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?
Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?
Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. Can she get a new contract? Will she get to perform at the Marlon Festival? Or will Dan Steele destroy everything?
When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent?
Join the country scene to find out!
REVIEWED BY KELLY
**I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review**
Made in Nashville made my week and started my February on a high. This was my first Mandy Baggot novel and it DEFINITELY won’t be my last, I really enjoyed it! That admission is all the more surprising since I was really not too sure about it when I read the blurb and saw it involved country music! It’s not really a music genre that’s popular here in the UK and definitely not one that I would say I am in to. That absolutely didn’t stop me from being pulled in to Honor and Jed’s story and rooting for them all the way.
Honor is a “retired” country singer who was once the Taylor Swift of her day. She had the voice of an angel and was adored by millions – until one day when she was 18 and was attacked on stage. The attack changed everything and ended her career. Fast forward 10 years and she’s still a nervous, traumatised, reclusive shell of her once hugely-famous self. She gets through each day by working at her friend’s music shop and making trips to Target when she’s feeling overwhelmed. Her record company are trying to convince her to start recording new music and she’s just not sure she’s ready.
Jed Marshall is the hot name on the country music scene. He’s about to embark on a huge tour around the US and is in need of a support act. His record label and his advisor are keen to push their own suggestions on him but he’s not convinced. Then he hears one of Honor’s old tracks while he’s in a bar and immediately knows he wants THAT voice on his tour. Since he doesn’t know much about her he has no idea of the mammoth task he faces in convincing her it’s finally time to stop hiding and face the country music world again.
For me, Made in Nashville was such a fabulous introduction to Mandy Baggot’s writing style and story telling. My friend, and Have Book Will Read guest blogger, Liz, LOVES Mandy and now I know why! Made in Nashville was a pleasure to read, it kept me flicking the pages of my Kindle, it made me want to stay up past my bedtime (not good for a mum of three young boys!) and keep reading. I just had to know more about Honor’s story, Jed’s story, and the story I was hoping that they would make together.
There was a big cast of supporting characters, some played a bigger part in the story than others, but all were necessary. I loved Mia and the advice she gave Honor. I loved Jed’s mum and the deep love she had for him – the type of love only a mother can have for a child. And I was on the edge of my seat when there was another mysterious character introduced and Honor started receiving presents! Just what was going on there?! I can only recommend that you read it and find out!
I only have good things to say about Made in Nashville – Mandy Baggot you have a new fan, and now I’m off to work my way through your back catalogue!