Review: Restless Heart by Wynonna Judd

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Reviews
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This review was originally posted at West of Mars. It is being posted here, at its new permanent home.

I’ll admit it: when I saw Wynonna Judd listed as an author whose book I could check out from the library through my iPod, I was skeptical. I expected pulp on a par with Jackie Collins. I might have even snickered a little bit.

So, okay, sure. I downloaded it via Overdrive, the greatest little invention since the iPod itself, and … devoured this book. I just loved it. It’s the story of Destiny Hart and her rise to fame — and her need to explore her love for her hometown’s baseball coach.

Look, okay? The heroine’s name is Destiny Hart. This ain’t something on a par with Michael Shilling’s Rock Bottom. This is a light, fluffy, feel-good book that delivers exactly what it promises. Even the more serious subplot about Destiny’s parents, while too familiar for comfort, isn’t high literature.

Restless Heart doesn’t pretend to be. It is what it is, and we can take it or leave it.

I’m taking it. This was a fun, energetic read that was hard to put down. Destiny seems very real, albeit a bit formulaic. Her problems with Seth are probably as real as they get; you love someone but you also feel a pull toward something else, something that’ll take you away from him. How you negotiate these twin loves is what life is all about.

And maybe best of all, I can’t pick apart the inaccuracies in the music world. After all, Wynonna Judd knows the music biz better than I do. And while there may be some liberties taken for the story to hold together, that’s okay. It works. It still reeks of authenticity, and that’s what matters here. We need to be able to trust the rock and roll as much as we trust the other elements in a book: plot, characters, and setting.

A definite West of Mars Recommended Read, folks, if only because it’s just darn fun.

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