#BookReview: Guessing at Normal by Gail Ward Olmsted

Reviewer: Mary

I received a review copy

guessing at normalSummary:

Is life with a rock star ever normal?

Small town girl Jill Griffin has mastered the art of being invisible, so when she falls in love with sexy rocker James Sheridan, at first she is content to live in his larger than life shadow. Building a life together under the glare of the media is challenging, and further complicated by constant touring, James’ partying and the mixed signals she gets from James’ twin brother Alex. What is that guy’s problem?

When her poems and journal ramblings become the songs on James’ best-selling album, Jill has to step out of her comfort zone and figure out how to live her life in a spotlight all her own. As her professional success as a songwriter threatens her relationship with James, Jill begins to wonder if she can write love songs without the love of her life.


Jill Griffin’s life is anything but glamorous. Working the front desk at a motel, she has fallen into a rut of everyday routine in a small town. That is, until she meets the bad boy lead singer of one of her favorite bands, Nomad. Not only does she meet the infamous James Sheridan, but she has a one-night stand with him — and to her surprise, he really likes her. In the blink of an eye, Jill goes from invisible girl to the envy of every girl. Life on the road is filled with luxury, late nights and parties — but Jill soon learns it comes with a price. How much is she willing to sacrifice for James, his success and their love?

The reader first meets an insecure Jill who doesn’t see the value in herself as a woman. She can’t believe superstar James Sheridan would fall for her, not realizing she herself is a superstar songwriter. When James uses her journal entries to record hit songs, Jill discovers a talent she never knew she had—and that half of the success of his album is because of her. We follow Jill on a road to self-discovery as she pushes the limits of how much she can take of James’ rocker lifestyle. You’ll have to read this captivating story of ups and downs to find out if Jill continues to live in James’ shadow, or if she steps out into her own spotlight. It won’t take long for you to discover their relationship is anything but normal.

4 stars

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