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From Here to Nashville

(From Here to You #1)

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Can Music Really Bring People Together?

Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset.

When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.

But when she start
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published February 16th 2015 by Clued Up Publishing
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Julie Stock Thanks for your question, Isabella. It's a really good one and I sympathise with the fact that you're now on your 10th draft :( I'm a member of the…moreThanks for your question, Isabella. It's a really good one and I sympathise with the fact that you're now on your 10th draft :( I'm a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association's New Writers' Scheme and this gave me the chance to send my book in to be read by a professional author. After I'd done that, I reworked it and then sent it to a professional editor. There were a lot of changes after that but at that point, I knew it was finished. So, I'd seek some professional advice and that will hopefully give you the answer you're looking for.(less)
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Terry Tyler
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Book Review Team

The debut novel by Julie Stock is a sweetly old-fashioned romance, in which English country singer Rachel meets her handsome prince, Jackson Phillips - who just happens to be a rich and successful independent record mogul from Nashville. It's strong attraction at first sight, but the path of true love is not a straightforward one.

I think this novel will appeal very much to readers who love traditional romance stories; I describe it as 'old-
T.O. Weller
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a lovely story about two people falling in love and the subsequent struggles they both have with demons from their past.

I thought it was an interesting twist to have a country music singer, Rachel, come from the UK and make a splash on the Nashville music scene. That was my favorite part, along with the lyrics of Rachel's songs. Not knowing much about country music, I'm assuming the lyrics were original to the novel, which was a really nice touch!

I also enjoyed the POV shifts between Ra
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very well-written contemporary romance - some parts as you'd expect from a contemporary romance and some not so much. This makes it a more interesting read with a better storyline than a lot of the genre. That is, A LOT of the genre. The characters are much more believable than a lot of the genre as well and, get this, they even have some flaws! Real people! It has an interesting back-drop of the music industry and is set in picturesque Dorset, and slightly less picturesque but none th ...more
Marta Ratliff
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good book with a happy ending!

I loved how two people can come together from different continents! Jackson from the state's and Rachael from the UK. They hook up through music and fall in love. They have a few rough spots, but in the end it all works out. I enjoyed this book by Julie Stock. No w I plan on reading more of her!
Barb Taub
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
In her debut novel, From Here To Nashville, Julie Stock checks off all the romance novel tropes. Her heroine, Rachel Hardy, dreams of success in Nashville as a country music star. She just has a couple of little problems. First of all, there’s the accent. For some reason, the country music world just hasn’t attracted that many stars from coastal cities in England. Then there are her abandonment issues. But, with backup from her childhood friends, Rachel writes and performs her own songs at neigh ...more
Steph H. Barker
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel and think it’s an excellent debut. You can totally understand why Rachel falls in love with Jackson, who wouldn’t? He’s handsome, kind, supportive, believes in Rachel and has a sexy accent. I really liked how much of a presence music has in the books, as this is something that interests me, and as someone who is very much into celebrity culture, I enjoyed seeing how the other half lived.

I loved the description of the locations, especially Dorset. It felt as though the
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is a contemporary romance and some of your preconceived notions of the genre will be fulfilled and some won’t. In some respects this is classic check-list romance, but in others it is not, thank God.
The first part of the story is written in first-person from the point of view of Rachel; the middle part is in the first-person point of view of Jackson; and the third part alternates between the two. This works really well, particularly as Rachel’s point of view is in the setting of her hom
Linda Rae Williams
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Good tale, good characters, good locations. Unfolds very well. Good spelling and grammar, which I care about. I enjoyed it
Cat Lumb
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Although shelved under romance this novel isn't just about the complications that arise when love is discovered unexpectedly, it’s also about the risks involved in following your dreams, being honest with yourself and daring to go where that dream might take you. I finished reading it with a great big sigh – not just because the final paragraph made me happy but also because it was the end of a great story.

There's plenty of conflict - some expected, some not. The characters are fleshed out and b
Ann Cooper
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well done Julie! I've been waiting for what seems like forever to read this and it kept me entertained from beginning to end. It's the story of country singer/songwriter Rachel and her relationship with Nashville record mogul, Jackson.

I enjoyed the different locations - Dorset, Nashville and New York and Rachel's wonder as Jackson introduced her to his lifestyle. I loved the various live performances and the crowd responses to Rachel's own songs.

The secondary characters were all well written and
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I heard about this book on facebook, and being a fan of the series Nashville, I was keen to give this book a go.

It was a pleasant book to read, but I wish the story had gone that step further in providing a better background of the music industry, rather than just focusing on the romance side.

I felt there was so much more that the author could have written into the story to make it a bit more interesting. Some of the other characters such as Sam and Stephanie really didn't get much focus, and t
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
From Here To Nashville, is an charming, sweet, love story. Set initially in Dorset, the best part about this book is that we get a taste of two worlds when Rachel moves to Nashville to pursue her music career. Having never spent time in either city, I felt Ms. Stock's attention to the surroundings helped bring the story together. I could feel the wind whipping through my hair as Rachel and Jackson walked along the water in Dorset and pictured the buildings in Nashville clearly. A passionate stor ...more
Rachel is in a local band and dreams of singing success. Although the band does cover versions Rachel also writes her own songs and it is these which draw the crowds in. One night at a gig she meets Jackson who encourages her to try out for a national competition. Although she is keen, her bandmates are not as they have family responsibilities and Rachel has to decide what to do. Jackson is there every step of the way but is he all he seems?

I liked this debut by Julie Stock from a storyline poin
Alys West
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of live music and the TV programme, Nashville, I loved this book from the very start. Rachel is a wonderful heroine who dreams of being a successful singer/songwriter. When she meets Jackson, sparks fly but he's also got the ability to make her dreams come true. I loved the way the book moved between Rachel's home in Dorset and Nashville and I was fascinated to find out that The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville is a real place and not just something made up for the TV programme. There ar ...more
Janice Preston
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great debut from Julie Stock, with interesting settings and compelling characters. Loved the country music scene that provided an unusual backdrop to the romance. Looking forward to the next offering from Julie.
Karen W
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Really loved the characters of Rachel and Jackson and their perspectives throughout their blossoming relationship and her new musical career... Ups and downs with jealous ex partners... A delightful insinto Nashville and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Didn't want to put it down!! Will definitely be reading more of this author 😁
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From Here to Nashville is a book I have been eyeing up ever since I saw the beautiful cover reveal earlier in the year. I love reading books which have a music theme to them and I was interested to read the book anyway having been following Julie’s writing process a little through her blog. At the beginning of From Here to Nashville, we meet Rachel, part of the band Three’s Company, performing in front of a small pub audience. The first
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First, I would like to thank Julie Stock and Rosie Amber for providing me with this book so I may provide you with this review.

From Here to Nashville by Julie Stock is one of the best books I have read in 2015!! She had me smiling from ear to ear throughout the book. I knew I was going to like the book because of my love of country music and romance novels. However, I had no idea how much this book would actually touch my heart. There was even a part in the story that I shed a tear-a happy tear
Amber-louise Kellett-Hillier
Rachel is a very stiff character and the dialogue of the characters interactions all seems a bit too formal for their relationships. The book is good in parts but seems to go from spanning no time with everything happening to spanning weeks within a blink with no consistent pace. That and Rachel's lack of trust, she treats Jackson as if it's a teenage romance always making assumptions and being hypocritical about their relationship. Sadly this was a bit of a struggle to finish and isn't a book I ...more
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Julie Stock is an author of contemporary romance novels, novellas and short stories.

Her debut novel, 'From Here to Nashville' was published in February 2015 and her second novel, 'The Vineyard in Alsace' was published on 6th March, 2017. 'Over You', the first sequel novella to 'From Here to Nashville' was published in March 2018 and the second, and final novella, is coming soon.

She is a proud mem

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