17 December 2011

Book Review: Rock and a Hard Place

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Book Details

Author: Angie Stanton
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Angie Stanton; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)

Book Summary

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby shifts from her perfect behavior and breaks rules to find out more about him.

Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. Peter battles his families growing interference to spend time with Libby, while she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.

Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family interferes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them? (lifted from goodreads.com)

Book Review

Rating: 4/5

Rock and a Hard Place is a wonderful short read. What surprises me about this novel is that it has the depth and essence of a longer story in a shorter version. Nevertheless, the ending was just right and was not hurried to a close. Angie Stanton made sure her readers were not left wanting for more (except perhaps a story on Adam and Garrett – I’d love to read those).

One of the things I love about this book is the main characters Libby and Peter. They almost have nothing in common and a complete opposite of the other. But one day, in a beautiful natural spot, they met and it started a tale of young love.

Libby, is an amazing character – she’s beautiful, intelligent, brave and determined. Her life was a constant struggle, with her mom and younger sister dying and her father leaving her into the care of a neglectful aunt. At first, you will not help but sympathize with her, but soon, you will readily admire her because of the choices she made with her life and the fact the she had overcome the bad things in her life and remain the same person as she was.

If Libby was a silent and a nobody, Peter on the other hand, is a rock god. He’s a very talented musician who’s in a band with his brothers and currently on tour when he bumped into Libby. He’s a very kind, sensible and lovable character. He complements Libby. While Libby needs someone to tell her how beautiful and special she is, he needs someone who can keep him sane in between his booming career. I love the way he loved her, he may be a hero-type kind of character, and his family thought that what he had with Libby was a passing fancy, but he proved them wrong. He was willing to do anything for her.

There are many different characters in the book, that makes Rock and a Hard Place an interesting read. The help that our heroine was given throughout the story was just a proof that even though the world is swarming with evil people, there are still some good ones out there ready to help us in times of needs.  

Now, it is not just the characters that took my attention, the whole plot was fascinating as well. She delved into the importance of the unwavering love and support of the family, of being a part of one. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a home. It also valued school, teachers and friends that help provide moral support and help nurture someone to be a better person in the future.

Wrapping up, I enjoyed Rock and a Hard Place. Finished it in under four hours, the development of the plot and the surprising twists and turns will take you into an emotional ride of your life, create tension and seize you in suspense asking yourself how the story will end for both characters.   

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