Sing Me Home is a very sweet and charming romance. Two young women, Ellie and Jolene, meet in their final year at University when they work on a class project together and develop a friendship over a mutual love of a cappella. As their feelings develop we watch the slightly shy and tentative steps into a relationship unfold into a serious connection. The only problem is that Jolene has something that she forgot to share and the consequences are dramatic.
Shannon O’Brien’s first book is well written, edited and put together; the story flows and the characters are likeable. As well as our two love birds we have a small but well done clutch of friends and the whole group felt exactly like the cast of a sweet first-love movie – in fact the novel would make an excellent lesbian chick flick. Ms O’Brien has captured the unfolding feelings of new love, and gives us a genuine sense of the real connection that can happen when we meet our soul mate.
My only criticism of the story is that the cause of the angst is a little contrived. We need the angst, and it’s hard to explain without any spoilers, but it didn’t seem realistic for me that the shut out was so absolute and took so long to resolve. I felt that one of the MC’s actions didn’t quite jell with her character.
Criticism aside I really enjoyed this one, excellent feel good romance, extremely enjoyable read and a perfect escape for the beach or an evening in front of the fire. Ms O’Brien has written a very good first novel and I look forward to many more.
(publisher review copy received)
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