Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dirty Little Secret by: Jennifer Echols

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Pages: 288
Format: ebook ARC
Source: Simon and Schuster via Edelweiss

Description:

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…

My Thoughts:

This was a great book about Bailey who is living with her grandfather.  Her parents want nothing to do with her right now.  As Bailey is sidelined watching her younger sister rise to musical fame.  Bailey gets a job performing on her fiddle at the local mall and other little venues with imitation musicians some dress up as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and even Elvis Presley.  Unfortunately this isn't what Bailey had in mind.

Having pushed her parents to the limit with outrageous behavior they had no option but send her to her grandfather's in hopes that he could control her better.  But no one counted on her meeting Sam Hardiman a cute guitarist who has his own band and sees something in Bailey that could help get his band to the big leagues.

Bailey having been through this with her younger sister Julie she doesn't know if she can go through this again knowing she will be left in the dust.  With this book we watch Bailey overcome some of her issues with her parents and finding her way in the world of music regardless of what they want for her.

I really enjoyed reading this book about kids trying to make it in the music industry and reading about Nashville.

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