Monday, October 21, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Rhythm and Bluegrass" by Molly Harper

Rhythm and Bluegrass (Bluegrass, #2)
Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper
For Ages 18+
Contemporary Romance
Pocket Star -- October 7, 2013
Audiobook, 5 hours and 57 minutes
Purchased from Amazon

Small Town Setting, First Person Narrative

Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.

"Frantically unpacking my flaming vehicle while it merrily burned on the side of the road was not how I wanted to start my time in Mud Creek."

I was so happy when I saw that Molly Harper was continuing her series about the Kentucky Commission of Tourism.  My Bluegrass Baby is one of my favorite reads this year and I couldn't wait to learn more about the crazy people who work at the Commission.  I will admit that I was kinda hoping office assistant extraordinaire, Kelsey, would finally admit her feelings to the resident IT geek, Charles, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Bonnie and Will's story.

Bonnie is another quirky, but realistic Harper heroine who provides a very entertaining narration.  I love the detail that was put into her job as a multimedia historian and I really admired how passionate she was about her job.  I thought her optimistic outlook on life would get annoying by the end, but it was balanced pretty well with some of the less sunny parts of her personality.  She did have a few moments where I wanted to smack her especially when it came to how blind she was in regards to the McBride's Music Hall and its place in Mud Creek.  But, she freely admitted when she was in the wrong and was willing to do whatever she could to make things right again which I loved.

Bonnie's counterpart is the hot, young mayor of Mud Creek, Will McBride, who also happens to be related to the original owners of the music hall.  I found him to be very swoon-worthy especially because he fell for Bonnie so fast.  His devotion to his hometown was sweet to see and I thought his sarcastic personality really balanced with Bonnie's optimism.  Like Bonnie, Will did have a few moments where he got on nerves especially when he was so stubborn about not saving the music hall (though I could understand where he was coming from on that part).  And, like Bonnie, he was willing to be an adult about the whole situation which was very refreshing in this era of Big Misunderstandings and people not admitting their errors.

I also loved the setting of Mud Creek, Kentucky!  I am not always a fan of small town stories, but I found this one cute without overdoing it.  The townspeople were a little left of center, but never so far out there that I couldn't relate to their plight.  My personal favorites were the librarian (Miss Urlene), Bonnie's landlady (Miss Martha), and the friendly duo of Fred and Joe Bob.  The fact that the town had fallen on hard economic times was very timely and I think will help readers get invested in the story.

In conclusion, I thought Rhythm and Bluegrass was a cute and entertaining small town romance between two relatible characters with a bit of history thrown in for some fun.  Amanda Ronconi continues to do an amazing job interpreting Harper's humor and heart in her audio narration.  I adore Molly Harper's work and I can't wait to see more of the Kentucky Commission on  Tourism.  I am still waiting for Kelsey and Charles's story because I know it will be amazing.


1. My Bluegrass Baby
2. Rhythm and Bluegrass 

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic review!! I do love small town stories, so I definitely need to bump this up my list!! :)


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