Layla Hilding is trying to move forward after her divorce from Liam. She thinks back on her glory days as a singer in a rock band and yearns to be back performing in front of an audience. She is now an elementary school music teacher. Josh Summers is waiting for his divorce from Kimberly to be finalized and is also trying to look ahead. He is father to Sasha, who is a kindergartener in Layla’s school. Layla and Josh, both in their 30s, meet at the school and slowly form a friendship. They are not ready to enter into new relationships but both are hopeful they will get a second chance at love and happiness.
Through flashbacks, their backstories are told and reveal how their once loving relationships with their spouses failed. Author Tracey Garvis Graves presents the stories of two deteriorating marriages and the tough road to taking a chance again on love. It’s a moving story that shows the pain these likeable characters have gone through. The story is at its best when it focuses on Layla’s love of music. Her passion for performing felt very real and the original music was a nice element as well as the references to popular bands and musicians.
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Heard It in a Love Song in advance of its release.
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Contemporary Fiction / Romance.
Publication Date: November 9, 2021.