In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband…and discovers a love that defies classification.
It’s been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth…the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.
Recluse rocker Adrian “Digger” Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids’ TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter.
Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it’s unclear whose past looms larger: the widow’s or the rocker’s. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?
About the Author (from Goodreads)
Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock n’ roll number cruncher. She can trace her love for the written word back to age three, when she memorized Maurice Sendak’s “Chicken Soup with Rice” in its entirety.
After her daughter was born, Jessica left the Manhattan library world and began working for her husband’s music management company. He offered her a part-time bookkeeping job so she could “stay home for the baby’s first year” and pursue her dream of writing.
The baby is now eleven, and Jessica has been working her full-time, sold-her-soul-for-rock-n-roll job as Office Manager for veteran jam band moe. ever since. She may have traded in books for bookkeeping, but the written word is never far from her mind, or her heart.
Jessica lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter and one ancient cat. You can visit her atwww.jessicatopper.com
Katrina has moved back to her childhood home after her husband dies in a horrible train accident right when their daughter is about to turn one. Moving from New York City to a small town an hour away has given some comfort to Katrina, surrounded by her high school friends and memories. Trained as a librarian, she devotes part of her time volunteering at the local library and puts together a special appearance by her daughter’s favorite musician (hers too!) that wrote the theme song for a PBS kids show. The musician, Adrian Graves puts on an amazing show for the children and the attraction between Katrina and Adrian is intense.
Of course, nothing goes according to plan and when they do kiss, Adrian ends up in the hospital due to an unfortunate allergic reaction to the shellfish Katrina has consumed. I know I shouldn’t have been laughing but the whole scene was just priceless. Katrina doesn’t hear from the guy again, thinking that kiss has ruined her chances. That is until her adorable daughter, Abbey (named after the album, of course), spots him near Central Park on their way to the zoo. Just when I find out all kinds of background on Katrina and her life, I am really wondering about this guy. What is his story? In a perfectly paced manner, I get my answers.
This is a smart and concise romance with a few twists and a bit of a mystery that had me on a bit of a rollercoaster wondering if these two could possibly work things out between them with all of their baggage. I am being a bit vague on Adrian’s background, but as a rock star that has within drawn from public life, he has quite a few chips on his shoulder. You need to read this right now. So far, this is one of my favorites of the year. I really hope that Topper explores a bit more into the hidden lives of the famous and near famous soon, even if they are only rock stars on the page. I am also super picky about how those stars are portrayed and Adrian rings completely true.
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