A Contented Mind by Samantha Hoffman
Samantha Hoffman is currently on tour with A Contented Mind and CLP Blog Tours. First, let me say I love the cover of this book. It immediately drew me in and I stared at for a few seconds just relishing the beauty. Mmm, good covers. Okay, moving on! Meg Scott, a bestselling author who keeps her writing identity under wraps, is forced to move after someone found out her identity and broke into her secluded home. She packs up everything and moves to a beachfront house on the West Coast with her faithful Irish setter, Bob. Meg is also a talented violin player, and when a world renowned rock band begins a search for a violinist to accompany them on an acoustic tour, Meg reluctantly goes to an audition. It is there she meets Jadon Hastings, the band’s drummer, and a love story begins.
I enjoyed the love story between Meg and Jadon. Meg isn’t aware that Jadon is her neighbor, and the two share a musical bond when she plays the violin and he plays the piano, the two combining to make beautiful music. Meg already feels a connection with her mysterious neighbor, not aware she talks to him on a daily basis. Jadon knows he is in love with Meg, but assumptions keep him from admitting his feelings. After a while, I would have liked to see Meg and Jadon move forward in their relationship. Most of the book is them seeming to not like each other, while only their inner dialogue tells a different story. Also, some of the skipping around from different POV’s got to be a bit distracting. I thought the novel could have been just as good with only letting readers in to Meg and Jadon’s thoughts. There were some very intense moments along the way, and those scenes really helped keep me invested in the journey from beginning to end. Overall, a good debut from Samantha Hoffman, and one I would recommend to women fiction fans.
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