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2.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 5 2.93 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patti Callahan Henry Narrator: Emily Durante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Jimmy Sullivan has been living on the road with his brother, Jack, and his band The Unknown Souls. Without a place to call home, Jimmy and Jack lead a nomadic life filled with music and anonymous cities. When they return to a place Jimmy never wants to see again - their old hometown of Palmetto Pointe, South Carolina - he falls in love with Charlotte Carrington.

With a soul now full of hope, Jimmy writes his first love song. When he performs it at a holiday concert to a standing ovation, the lyrics are dubbed the Perfect Love Song - so much so that Jimmy finds himself touring alongside famous country music stars. He's catapulted into a world where the trappings of fame and fortune reign supreme.

All too soon, the hope that had once inspired Jimmy to write such beautiful, genuine lyrics is overshadowed by what the song can do for him and his career. In his thirst for recognition, he agrees to miss his brother's wedding in Ireland to sing at a Christmas Eve concert. And his ties with Charlotte seem to be ever so quickly fading away.

Alone on Christmas Eve in New York City, Jimmy finally sees - with a little help from some Christmas miracles - that his material gains are nothing compared to love, that he is losing all that really matters. Is it too late to find his way to Ireland, to his brother, and to love?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/31/2014

    " A sweet if a bit predictable story. The characters were all very likeable, and had a very down to earth way about them, which I think was very much the authors intention. Although the story is set during the holidays it's a heart-warming story great for any time of year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Peake | 1/25/2014

    " My first Christmas read this season. Will he give up a dream of fame as a singer to be his brother's best man? The odds are against him making his brother's wedding on time but read how little miracles help him find his way to his family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mickey (I'm A Book Shark) | 1/24/2014

    " GOD that was sappy and ridiculous. Thoroughly predictable. Not very entertaining. They really needed to tone down the whole Maeve thing. I get she told this amazing story that brought Kara and Jack together, but get over it already! She doesn't have anything to do with the stuff going on now.. goodness! Anyway, I was a bit bored. I enjoy PCH for the most part, but the last two have struck out in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reca | 1/18/2014

    " This was a sweet, yet predictable short Christmas story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/17/2014

    " Another good quick read. Very predictable. The characters are a little overblown as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa Mcbride | 1/12/2014

    " This was the perfect book for the holidays. It was well written and an easy read. Just enough to get through the Christmas season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/7/2014

    " Utterly predictable, the charm in this one lies in the wise and delightful voice of the narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/10/2013

    " It was a quick read. Very light and full of hope that true love actually exists. A couple of parts seemed unnecessary but like every good fairytale, it had a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanora | 11/13/2013

    " LOVED THIS BOOK. Perfect holiday love story. Seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Collins | 11/10/2013

    " "Great love story for Christmas holidays! " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 9/23/2013

    " I thought the book started out a little slow. But as I got further into it I was hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sadie | 9/12/2013

    " This really wasn't a very good book. The narration was odd (which I know was on purpose but I didn't like it). The story lacked depth and it all just felt kind of random. The tension, the fame surrounding this one song, it was kind of a sweet story but really not very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/1/2013

    " I read this book in about a day. Light-hearted, easy reading. Fun that it was written from a third party view, as though the person was talking rather than writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Virginia Albanese | 2/23/2013

    " Dorky love story. Pat Conroy had given it a good review. He was wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/30/2013

    " Sappy escape read; short enough to finish on a round-trip flight to D.C. ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 12/11/2012

    " I typically love Patti Callahan Henry but, this book was almost as if she didn't write it. It wasn't her typical style. It was tough to follow, lacking depth, and worst of all - totally predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marg | 11/16/2012

    " 2.5/5 really "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Lynch | 10/16/2012

    " good holiday book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 karen otto | 9/23/2012

    " Now I have to go back and re-read Jack and Kara's story. This one was enjoyable, but definitely more novella than novel -- not as much there-there..... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/11/2012

    " This book was trite. No substance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn O'Brien | 2/7/2012

    " I had such a hard time with this book. The way the story is told is from a 3rd person narrative, which might work for the voiceover of a movie, but it didn't gel well for me and it took me forever to get into the story because I was so distracted by the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie Scheirman | 8/5/2011

    " The story was sweet and romantic, but I found it to be too unbelievable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/9/2011

    " Another good quick read. Very predictable. The characters are a little overblown as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 3/17/2011

    " This was a sweet, short, easy read. The story was definitely sappy, but wonderful. I really enjoyed the author's writing style with tended toward the poetic/lyrical. Definitely a good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/2/2011

    " A sweet if a bit predictable story. The characters were all very likeable, and had a very down to earth way about them, which I think was very much the authors intention. Although the story is set during the holidays it's a heart-warming story great for any time of year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 1/4/2011

    " I thought the book started out a little slow. But as I got further into it I was hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sadie | 12/30/2010

    " This really wasn't a very good book. The narration was odd (which I know was on purpose but I didn't like it). The story lacked depth and it all just felt kind of random. The tension, the fame surrounding this one song, it was kind of a sweet story but really not very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2010

    " Utterly predictable, the charm in this one lies in the wise and delightful voice of the narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 12/7/2010

    " LOVED THIS BOOK. Perfect holiday love story. Seriously. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Virginia | 12/4/2010

    " Dorky love story. Pat Conroy had given it a good review. He was wrong. "

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About the Author
Author Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Between the Tides, and The Art of Keeping Secrets. Hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, she has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. She lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

About the Narrator

Emily Durante’s recent performance credits on the East Coast include commercial and industrial voice work and a multitude of audiobook narrations. She has also directed audiobooks, including the Earphones Award–winning performance of Heaven’s Keep narrated by Buck Schirner. Emily resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two young boys.