Four Stars, Low Language, Low Violence, Moderate Romance

First Love

Love is a complicated thing, everyone experiences it differently. From first loves, to love at first sight, to second chances and friends turning into lovers. Love is something we all need and we all want, so why do books where love is the main theme get such a bad rap?

I recently read on author Annette Larsen’s blog a post that made so much sense to me. “Romance is all about feelings and ‘That’s girly stuff’? As if men don’t experience emotions. As if valuing and discussing and wanting to love someone makes a person less than. Heaven forbid that I value love, that I acknowledge and want to understand my own emotions and those of others. And since love is an integral part of life, it’s likely to play a part, whether big or small, in every story.”

This is why I can read 3 or 4 different romances a week and feel something different each time, learn something new about myself and those around me. Life is about relationships, and my “silly romances” teach me the ins and outs of better dealing with my family, my husband, my children and yes even my neighbor down the street.
51LeuE4Ev6L“Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways. This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up.”

Mylissa Demeyere did a beautiful job of handling the immersion of a first love story with a second chance love story. She handled the grief, the guilt, and the chemistry expertly.

I loved that she had a playlist for the book, the chapter songs gave the story an added depth. As did the bouncing back and forth in time. Not only did it flush out the story, but also the characters. We were given additional understanding and subsequently became more invested in the dynamics of where the story was going.

As a side note, the flashback to David not being able to find the pajamas was a little vindicating. When Jane thought whether or not it was “just a typical mail thing, or just [her] husband.” I thought, I’ve been thinking the same thing for years! I loved the nuances she added into both her relationship with David and her relationship with Jackson. She did what a romance writer is suppose to do, teach you about life and love and your place in both.

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Author Mylissa Demeyere
Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.
The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel, with a sequel already in the works.

Playlist

The whole idea for this book started out as a scene after listening to a song. Then I would listen to that song over and over and see more of the pieces fall into place.
Soon, I had an entire playlist, with scenes mapped out, and a whole story ready to write. This book tells the story of Jane and Jackson, the songs of them.
Included in the book is a unique playlist. Here is the list, but in the back of the book, I give you a full breakdown of how I saw each scene and how I felt that song was best fitted for the chapter. Enjoy!

Prologue: Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
C1: Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
C2 : It’s a Beautiful Day – U2
C3: Hello – Martin Solveig
C4: Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse
C5: This Girl – Kungs
C6: Disappointment – The Cranberries
C7: Everybody Hurts – R.E.M
C8: My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
C9: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
C10: Could this be love? – The Wanted
C11: Hold Back the River – James Bay
C12: September Song – J.B. Cooper
C13: Count on Me – Bruno Mars
C14: The Other – Stripped / Lauv
C15: Breathing – Oscar and the Wolf
C16: Love Love – Amy MacDonald
C17: Push the Button – Sugababes
C18: Animal – Neon Trees
C19: Perfect – Ed Sheeren
C20: Someday – Sugar Ray
C21: What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) – Maroon 5, SZA
C22: Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield
C23: It’s Gotta Be You – Isaiah
C24: Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift
C25: Best Day of My Life – American Authors
C26: Over My Head – The Fray
C27: Water under the Bridge – Adele
C28: The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
C29: Silence – Marshmellow ft Khalid
C30: Demons – Imagine Dragons
C31: Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragons
C32: Home – Dotan
C33: No Sound But The Wind – Editors
C34: WhoKnew – Pink
C35: Stargazing – Kygo
C36: Love – Jana Kramer
C37: Quicksand – Tom Chaplin
Epilogue: False Alarm – Matoma , Becky Hill

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