Mary Rowen kindly sent me a free copy of her book Living By Ear to review.
What happens when the world you love doesn’t press pause when you do? Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a “short” career break to marry and have kids changed everything. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to find her place in life.
After filing for divorce, she learns that her attempts to reestablish her own rhythms—both in music and in love—are more complicated than she’d anticipated. Her two teenagers are desperate for their mom, and her soon-to-be-ex-husband is throwing every obstacle he can in her way. Adding to the stress is the progress in technology, which has not only changed the music industry, but also the dating world. Is there room in the mix for Chris?
I loved the style of this book. It’s first person and it sort of feels as though Chris is talking to the reader. For absolutely years I would have told you that I didn’t like books written in the first person and preferred not to read them but over the last year or so that’s been changing. Living By Ear is great and it’s an example of a book that’s absolutely perfect in first person but might not work in the third person perspective.
I also really liked how this moves randomly between chapters set in the present day and at previous times in Chris’s life – you’d never know where or when you’d be reading about in the next one. It didn’t seem slow or predictable or like it dragged at all. And maybe I’ve read too many books but so many seem like they’ve one or all of those problems to me lately. So Living by Ear was a refreshing change for me.
Living By Ear was very enjoyable and it kept me reading because I had questions and wanted to know what happened next – was Jon (Chris’s husband) really as much of a bastard as I thought he was? – and other similar things.
On an off topic but related note I’ve been wondering on and off for ages about getting a Kindle Unlimited subscription. What put me off is that although it’s unlimited reading for a reasonable fee every month it seemed like a lot of my go to authors and series weren’t on there. And I thought it would be hard to find really quality books and authors from what was available. I noticed that Living By Ear is one of the books available – if all of the books available on Kindle Unlimited are as high quality and enjoyable as this is I may well change my mind and get a subscription.