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4.75  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Zane had made it big in the country music scene; he was on top of the world. Nothing could touch him…until a car wreck took his wife’s life and left his son badly crippled. Suddenly, the success he’d worked so hard to gain tastes bitter on his tongue, and all he wants to do is hide from the world and lick his wounds.
Late one night, idly browsing the internet, he finds Dr.
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Published June 1st 2019 by Wright's Reads
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Becky Claxon
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good and really touched my heart. I love books where children play a main role. This book is especially poignant since the author had something similar happen to her niece which she explains at the end of the book. Zane is a complicated man that has a few demons tormenting him. He blames himself for the way his wife Tamara (who he was not getting along with) died and his son’s (Skyler) injuries. He is a well know country singer who leaves touring to supposedly spend time with his ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Winner

Poor girl meets superstar, etc. etc. is a not uncommon theme. What sets this apart (outside of Erin Wright's great characterization and sense of humor) is that the superstar starts re-evaluating his life at the start of the book, not as some epiphany related to his relationship. This makes the plot development much more realistic than usual. This book is also filled with real wisdom, not trite ideas. While it covers somr important issues, these are handled gently and not didactical
Emily Pennington
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Zane Risley, a country western singer, rapped on the bathroom door to hurry his wife, Tamara, along. He absolutely did not want to be late for the CMAs but it seemed inevitable now! She had been in there for hours already, fussing with her hair and makeup. He would gladly leave without her, but the gossip rags would go wild over that. They finally got into the limo and started the trip as the snow fell. But as his son, Skylar, excitedly explored the limo, they were involved in a bad accident and ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love story yes, but this one is packed with so many emotions!

Louise is amazing, simply amazing! Her character jumps off the pages with wisdom and understanding way beyond her years. Every aspect of her personality is that of a caring, intelligent individual.

Zane is work-in-progress after the sudden death of his wife and his son becoming crippled after a horrendous car accident. This is not to say he was all sunshine and roses before but this brings him to the point of taking a break from his c
Margaret Watkins
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With layers upon layers of pain, guilt, and remorse, this romance takes one on a roller coaster of emotions as Zane firstly loses his wife and then finds himself having to deal with his son's paralysis and violent outbreaks of temper. Having found a horse therapy camp where Dr Whitaker has had good results, Zane removes both himself and his angry son to the small Idaho town of Sawyer, where the residents are just people waiting to become family. After another failed attempt at keeping an in-hous ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

I just loved this story. I am so sad to see it end. Zane and his son come to Idaho so Skylar can attend a riding camp that Dr. Whitaker runs. Zane and Skylar were in a car accident 18 months prior that also killed his wife Tamara. Skylar was left a paraplegic. Zane isn't close to Skylar as his is a country music star and it was Tamara who wanted and cared for little Skylar. The young boy is acting out and chases away
Aquamarine 1951
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Strummin' Up Love!!” is another book in the Long Valley series and a story that is touching and very close to Erin’s heart. It is the story of Zane a Country Music Star and his son Skyler who is confined to a wheelchair after a car accident that also took the life of Zane’s wife. Louisa Vargas is a nurse who has left her job after a failed relationship and is hired to be Skyler’s nanny for the summer while Zane is in Sawyer so his son is attending a horse therapy camp. The involvement of a chil ...more
Curly Bibliophagist
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another hit by author Erin Wright. I automatically buy every single one of her books. They have a wonderful combination of sweet, down to earth and sexy.

Zane is a country music sensation. He works hard to be the best he can. Too bad his wife seems bound and determined to make him miserable. When his wife is killed and his young son, Skylar, is paralyzed in a tragic accident, Zane is left to raise his son by himself. He realizes how little he knows about his Skylar. Skylar turns into a s
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love the small town characters and romance of Long Valley, Idaho. Erin does a perfect job of capturing all the good things and bad things about small towns and Strummin' Up Love is a wonderful addition to the family. This time the subject is a serious one with a boy paralyzed following a car crash that killed his mother. His father is a famous country-western star who gives up his career to be with his son. But he doesn't have a clue as to how to be a father to an angry, scared and frustr ...more
Vivian Chrisman
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Price of fame...

I'm sure that at some point we've all looked at a celebrity and thought that they had it all. What's the price of that fame? This story addresses that as well as several other topics. Zane's rise to fame hasn't been easy. Sure, the talent is there but his family life has suffered. He and his wife are a toxic mix. Zane also has no idea how to be a father to his son Skyler. When an accident leaves him a widow and Skyler a paraplegic, Zane thinks he's discovered the true price of fa
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written, impactful, heartwarming story that sent me through a roller coaster of emotions. After a car accident that took his wife's life and left his son wheelchair bound, country music star, doesn't have a clue how to be a father. After reading about a horse therapy camp, he decided to enroll his twelve year old son, Skylar. Louise is a nurse with a background of care in spinal cord injuries so Zane hires her to be his son's nanny for the summer. This woman is truly wise w ...more
Gwen Smith-leak
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zane who is a Country singer has lost his wife and son is a now paralyzed . His son now being paralyzed has anger issues And he doesn’t know what to do. So he signed him up At a horse therapy camp.. Zane moved them to Idaho to attend the camp . Zane son had gone through many in house nurses so he had to find one in the town. Louisa is a nurse who use to work in a hospital in a specialized unit . She was told about Zane and his son who was paralyzed . She took as a Challenge that she could help t ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favorite Erin Wright book, and that’s to say a lot, considering I LOVE every single one of her books. This book has so many incredible elements, and is definitely one that will appeal to everyone. This is the story of Zane, Louisa, Skyler and as she often does, Erin brings in our favorite characters from previous books. This makes the reader feel like they’re a part of the family and living in the amazing town of Sawyer, Idaho. Like any amazing book, this book draws varying emo ...more
Stacy J.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional book!! I couldn't put it down.

I have to admit I LOVED Louisa!! This woman could handle pretty much anything that was thrown at her. She had this perfect balance of compassion and tough love. She seemed to know what Zane and Skylar needed. Everything from pranks to angry outburst that hid hurt, this woman handled it all with such grace. She was also so down to earth.

Zane is a huge country star who hit some major life bumps and isn't dealing very well. On the outside he's trying
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strummin' Up Love is the first book in this new Long Valley series. Zane, a famous Country Music star is as broken as his son but his trauma is not physical. After moving to Long Valley so his son Skylar can attend a Horse Therapy Camp, Zane hires Louise to be Skylar's nurse. After a shaky start Louise begins to reach both Skylar and his dad.
This brilliant and emotional book is packed full of amazing and much loved characters from previous Long Valley books which adds both depth and layers to a
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zade, a superstar country singer, needs a nurse to take care of his wild paraplegic son during his camp summer in Sawyer. Louisa needs a job after quitting her job as a nurse in Salt Lake Hospital when his boss cheated on her. Can two different people fall in love and overcome all their fears and struggle in life? A powerful story with real people, with real problems and issues but willing to face them to become a better person. Erin Wright tells us real life’s Stories not about Prince Charming ...more
Marichus Real
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zane is a very famous country singer who after an accident, where he lost his wife and his son resulted injured, decided to go to Idaho to Adam Whitaker’s horse therapy camp.
Louisa is a nurse in a spinal injury hospital, but she gives up her job because of her relationship with her boss. However, she isn’t jobless for too long as her aunt Carmelita gets one for her.
I loved to see all the Millers and their wives and children, to see they get along better than they did in the first book of Long Va
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Musicians of Long Valley Series and is a great start to the series. Well written with strong characters and an engaging plot. A county western music romance that will have your Kindle humming. A great book that was hard to put down once I began. Zane was down on life and love since a wreck took his wife's life and left his young son a paraplegic. Tamara, a gorgeous nanny brought life back to all of them. The chemistry between them was electric and she brought so muc ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was quite the emotional love story but not quite what you think. The country singer Zane was a little self involved in the beginning and went through a tragic event that set into motion a road of self discovery. Like all of this author’s work this story had humor, great character development and gently handled issues. Louisa was the nurse that came to take of Zane’s son and made Zane take a good look at himself. Their story was hard to put down and I didn’t want to do anything else but find ...more
Lisa H
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real problems

Zane is s country star who was on his way to the CMAs a year and a half ago when his wife died
In a car accident and his son was injured.
Tamara wasn’t his great love and they were on the verge of divorce.

Louisa is a Latina nurse living at home with problems of her own.

Louisa becomes Skylar’s nurse and in doing so, helps heal Zane.

What I liked?
Everything. Zane isn’t perfect, far from it. Louisa is his match but is dealing with her own stuff. Real problems, real feels.
Idaho is not Na
Mary Miller
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Musicians of Long Valley series revolves around a famous country music singer, Zane, his son who is in a wheelchair, Skyler and a nurse who specializes in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, Louisa. Zane and Skyler came to Idaho so that Skyler can attend a horse therapy camp. Skyler was pretty hard on the nurses that Zane hired and then by luck he was able to hire Louisa. Louisa helps them both mend their broken lives, and of course sparks fly between Zane and Louisa. Pl ...more
Eva Wade
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a great coninuation in the Long Valley series. although part of a series you can read alone but keep in mind you meet previous players in the long valley world.In this book Zane is a famous country music star with a son he never really wanted and a wife he wanted to divorce. well on the way to an awards ceremony there's an accident where his wife dies and now his son is a paraplegic. His son isn't doing good so he looks for therapy options and finds horse therapy where Louisa helps bring fa ...more
Melody Whittaker
If you haven’t read any of Erin’s books, you are in for a treat!! OMG! This is the best yet! I absolutely love how she intertwines all of her Long Valley characters in each and every book! This story goes far beyond her normal HEA! It goes from misery to death to injury and denial to hope and love! It hits all levels of enjoyment in a book. THIS is what I love about Erin’s books! I can’t wait for the next one and the next one and the next one!!!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout
Bernadette Cinkoske
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strummin' Up Love is another great story set in Ms. Wright's Long Valley. I love that the books stand alone, but I do not have to say goodbye to the characters in previous books because they appear here as townspeople. Louisa, Zane and Skyler and wonderful characters. Louisa is a miracle worker, getting Skyler to care about his recovery and helping Zane heal when he did not realize he needed healing. Despite the seriousness of the book there are some really funny moments. As always with books fr ...more
Jacqueline Ellison
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was well written, has an intriguing storyline that kept me entertained and the characters are amazing. A hot country star who goes through tragedy and has to find his way back. A Nurse who makes a mistake in her personal life that causes her to quit her job without notice. Zane and Louisa have sizzling chemistry but they try to fight it until they can't. I absolutely loved everything about this book from the characters to the touching storyline.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksp
Candy Lamprecht
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Erin Wright. Her books let me escape the pressures and doldrums of my life and explore another world. Strummin' Up Love does not disappoint. Erin has the ability to take normal everyday life - serious or not - and turn it into an amazing tale of love and perseverance that never grows old and always delights. The characters are not always likeable - that is life - but they grow and become more. You root for them, laugh with them, cheer for them, cry for them.

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Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story from this author.
At some point everyone's heart needs to heal and this is a wonderful story of how your heart can heal.
Zane, Skylar and Louisa all have pain from their past. And as these three come together they slowly start to heal themselves.
This is a wonderful story that takes us on a journey of forgiveness and healing. The characters are very true to life ( just take away Zane's fame) All are trying to find their new normal.
As with all these stories there is an HEA b
Deb B
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
now here is a book i thoroughly enjoyed and could not put down even though it was pretty much a given how the story would unfold. Louisa is everything you would want the female lead to be. Zane starts out as exactly what i would not like a male lead to be but for me a good writer is one who takes a character that i absolutely do not like and then turns them around to be someone special and Ms Wright has done this with Zane and to a lesser extent with Skyler. I have not tried this author before b ...more
Lady M.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really had a hard time with Zane at the beginning. I didn't know how the author could possibly redeem him and make me like him. Why do I doubt? Louisa is just awesome! You think after having read all of her books, I'd know better by now. Erin Wright is one of my go-to authors that I read sight unseen. Her books always have so much emotion, but it's balanced with fun and cute and sweet and you just can't get enough. I highly recommend reading all of her books ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this return to Long Valley. Though neither of our lead characters are Long Valley born they soon recognize the closeness of this tight knit community. At first Zane appears to be your typical superstar diva, but Louisa won’t put up with his attitude. Or his son’s. This sweet sexy story is witty and thoughtful and the storytelling brings these characters to life. And their HEA just makes my heart happy.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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