Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be sharing my review for The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper as part of the blog tour today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (20 Sept. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472252535
- ISBN-13: 978-1472252531
If Melody hadn't run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn't be left with a condition that makes her sing when she's nervous. And she definitely wouldn't have belted out the Arctic Monkeys' 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' in assembly at her son's school.
If Dev hadn't taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn't have happened. He wouldn't have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life's heart.
But if they hadn't seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be 'Us'.
I think emotional is the perfect word to describe this story but there are also so many more layers to this book too. With each part coming together to create something pretty wonderful. There are so many warm moments that balance with the more emotionally charged parts and I loved how one minute I could be smiling and then the next with tears in my eyes.
After reading the description I was sure that I would enjoy The Songs of Us however I never realised just how much. I became invested in both the story and characters as we follow Melody and her family and what a journey it is. My attention was held throughout and even when I wasn't reading this book I was thinking about it and wondering when I could pick it back up. I think that having multiple perspectives really helped create a more rounded story as you get to see the impact of every event on each character. Just make sure that you have a box of tissues handy and you will be fine!
The Songs of Us is a story with a difference and I enjoyed every single moment!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for my copy.
Emma Cooper is a former teaching assistant, who lives in Shropshire, with her partner and four children. Her spare time consists of writing novels, drinking wine and watching box-sets with her partner of twenty-four years, who still makes her smile every day.
Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since her childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘Boot’) and is thrilled that she now gets to use this imagination to bring to life all of her creations.
The Songs of Us was inspired by Emma’s love of music and her ability to almost always embarrass herself, and her children, in the most mundane of situations. She was so fascinated by the idea of combining the two, that she began to write Melody’s story. Working full-time with a large family meant that Emma had to steal snippets of ‘spare’ time from her already chaotic and disorganised life; the majority of her novel was written during her lunchtime in a tiny school office. She never expected to fall so deeply in love with the King family and is overwhelmed that others feel the same.
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