Hitting rock bottom has landed country star Boone Williams in the middle of his worst nightmare: a recording studio on a horse therapy farm hours away from Nashville. He has no interest in dealing with his problems or writing a new album. And he's definitely not interested in the gorgeous, feisty mom of one of Helping Hooves's young clients. She doesn't even know who he is! But his record label is one tabloid story from cutting him loose, and Boone can't seem to turn around without bumping into Ruby and her daughter, Violet. Clearly, Boone's not going to get what he wants. Could Ruby be just what he needs?
Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily-ever-afters for all to read. Amy is an empty-nester living outside of Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and their two sweet but mischievous pups. Visit her at amyvastine.com
Amy Vastine is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Grace Note Records series, The Girl He Used to Love, but I think I loved Catch a Fallen Star even more.
Ruby’s teenage daughter Violet is sarcastically hilarious – when teamed up with Boone, the combination had me laughing nearly every time they shared a scene. OR they had me teary-eyed. They were sweet and funny together, and the perfect father-figure/daughter-figure duo. Ruby made an ideal foil for the two of them, and Jesse the social-worker-turned-horse-trainer rounded out the mix with his thoughtful questions and advice.
Catch a Fallen Star takes an honest look at addiction and its effects on families. Boone’s struggles felt real and honest, his attempts at reconciliation with his daughter heart-twisting. There aren’t pat answers or easy escapes, and Vastine doesn’t give any. Instead, she shows a man fighting against the power of addiction and the consequences of his alcoholism.
And Boone … Boone has some of the greatest swoony lines. Lines like “What I wouldn’t give to be what you needed” and “Never apologize for coming to find me” and *fan* “Sometimes being bad isn’t so bad“. Ruby has a few too, but Violet… VIOLET is the winner of today’s prize when it comes to best lines in the book. You’ll just have to discover what I mean by finding a copy of the book for yourself.
Bottom Line: Funny and sweet and romantic, Catch a Fallen Star is more than just a story of two people falling in love. It’s also about family and addiction and recovery and restoration. Toss in a sassy teenager with lots of wisdom in spite of her occasional stupidity and this book becomes a new favorite.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
This is the second book in the series, but can definitely stand alone. I didn't read Book 1 and I never felt lost, as it follows the story of a different character. Boone is a big country music star who has let his career and addiction come before his family. After hitting rock bottom, he's ready to make some changes, but it's hard to prove he's a changed man. Violet is a teen full of angst and sass. She's also getting help with her problems, but for different reasons. A bond that can't be explained is forged between these two and Ruby, Violet's mom, isn't immune to Boone's charms either.
The author does a great job of using the characters to show each other both sides to the story. Absent fathers and salty teenage girls, using their saucy personalities to cover their hurt, prevail in this book. I love the way deep and painful soul searching occurs. As a mother of a teenage girl, I know how fragile relationships can be and how things are said that aren't always meant. This is a difficult time and with other hard situations, life can very challenging indeed and it's hard to navigate alone. I don't know why things often click when someone else, aside from parents, gives advice, but those relationships are an important part of growth. Boone and Violet have a great bond that rooted into my heart. I love their banter, teasing, and the ways they help each other through the ups and downs of life. Mary Ellen, the nosy neighbor, is a great side character and one who made me laugh.
Of course, a romance wouldn't be a romance without the...romance. Boone and Ruby have a great chemistry together, but I would have like to see a few more sparks before they recognize what they are blessed with. Their relationship follows a natural course, full of insecurities, triumphs, and fighting against their feelings. I could almost taste their joys and sorrows, which shows good writing. Overall, this is a book full of emotion and one that is enjoyable from start to finish.
Content: talk of past addictions; mild romance.
*I received a copy through Prism Book Tours. All opinions are completely my own.*
Catch a Fallen Star is the second book in this Grace Note Records series. I read the first book in the series but I really think this book can stand alone. The characters in the first book appear in this book but only as side characters. I enjoyed the first book in this series so if you haven't had a chance to read it, I'd recommend starting from the beginning.
This book holds a lot of drama within it's pages. This isn't a romance in the typical sense, but more of the stories of many people with struggles and issues, fighting their way through and finding healing and help in each other. Boone is a recovering alcoholic. He has made some pretty big mistakes and is trying to piece his life back together. One of his biggest regrets is the loss of the relationship with his daughter. When Boone meets the young and sassy Violet, they forge an instant sort of connection and fill a void for the other. For Boone it's a daughter figure and for Violet, it's a father figure. Both Boone and Violet are receiving counseling and therapy for the things they are struggling with.
Ruby is naturally brought into this circle as she is Violet's mother. Her interactions with Boone are at first filled with frustration and sometimes anger but Ruby can see the way Violet looks up to Boone and needs him. Boone and Ruby's interactions become softer and the attraction builds between them. I liked the way Boone and Ruby's relationship took such a natural course. Through each other they begin to see the other side of the story.
I loved the natural progression of all the relationships in this book. It felt real and sometimes gritty but always with a glimmer of hope and healing on the horizon.
This one has to be my favorite Amy Vastine story to date. I've definitely been Booned. And Rubied. And Violeted... And thank you very, VERY much. If only I had a nickel for every time my heart broke for Ruby when Vi and her had an argument about something - the teen years. Who knew? Right? (I know, I know) The slow build up of friendship and trust between not only Boone and Ruby, but Boone and Violet, just carried me away to happy town. And the way things came to a head in the end and Ms. Vastine wrapped it all up, as usually, with perfect harmony and sense and ... well, perfection ... makes me such a happy Amy Vastine reader. Even bringing Sawyer back into the game and showing the many sides of Boone - there is so much there - and yet, here I sit, speechless. This guy owns my heart and soul - and I really need this to be a movie some day because I truly need to hear that song he wrote so I can cry my eyes out even more. So much love and admiration for this author. Anxiously awaiting the next Grace Note Records story. XOXOXO
I'm a sucker for a redemption story, and this is a good one. Boone's talent and drive have taken him to the top, but because of his drinking, he's losing it all. Especially his relationship with his daughter. His manager has lured him to Helping Hooves to get his head on straight, but he's fighting it. It's not until he gets tangled into Violet and Ruby's life that things start to change, and his progress is far from assured. Throw in some horses and a guitar, and you have a truly compelling story. I loved the first in the series, but this one is even better.
Emotionally gripping! With the latest in her Grace Note Records series, Amy Vastine brings us the story of a legendary country music singer who has lost his way in life and is now on the verge of losing everything that ever mattered to him. The characters are flawed in a a “we’re all human” type of way, and are fighting their way up, trying to get their heads out of the ever sinking reality of their life. It’s edgy, it’s sad, it’s sweet … and the sass on this teen will have you laughing out loud! Loved it!
Once great country music star Boone Williams has stumbled one too many times in recently months, and his record label is at the end of their rope with him. He’s making his way in the right direction finally, but they want assurances that they are going to get some new music out of him again, so insist he needs to leave Nashville and hang out on a horse therapy farm a couple of hours away to do some healing and song writing.
Feisty single mom Ruby Wynn doesn’t even know who Boone is when she runs into him, but she’s got enough on her plate with a mouthy teen in whose eyes she can do no right. The last thing she needs is a man with an attitude piling more onto her! Once Boone gets to know Ruby and her daughter Violet, they make a peace with each other, and end up bringing out the best in each other. Will this visit end up being just what they both needed?
Second of the Grace Note Records series, this story focuses on country singer Boone Williams, who's allowed himself to fall from the grace of his family--he's gone through a nasty divorce and no longer has a relationship with his teen daughter. Contributing to his fall is his alcoholism, which he's barely in control of and in serious danger of falling off that wagon, too. As a result, what had been a promising career is now in the dumper. His agent gives him an ultimatum. Get clean of the drink and start song-writing again. To do so, he sends him to a horse therapy farm.
Instead of calm, he runs into the divorced mother of a 13-yr-old who holds him accountable in ways he never expected. That 13-yr-old becomes a stand-in for the daughter Boone can't seem to connect with, but her mother? Now that's another challenge Boone can't seem to get enough of, though she doesn't even know who he is! What a comedown for a star who loved basking in fans' love. How these so different characters help each other come to terms with both their own problems and the complications of new love is well worth enjoying.
"famous" country singer's ego gets him in deep trouble. He loses his wife, daughter and ability to stay sober. Concern friends step in and get him the help he needs and then ships him off to a ranch to get his life back on track. In comes a 13 year old who has her own problems with her dad but understands why his daughter ignores him. thru this 13 year old he is able to understand her side and reconnect. this is a HEA story.
Loved this book.Boone,Ruby,and Violet were characters you just wanted things to work out for.Loved the music aspect and Helping Hoofs and cant wait to read more of this series.I hope their are more stories tied to the group of people in this one.I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.