Review – Heard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves

Posted November 2, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Heard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis GravesHeard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Published by Macmillan Audio on November 9, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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From Tracey Garvis Graves, the bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know comes a love song of a story about starting over and second chances in Heard It in a Love Song.

Love doesn’t always wait until you’re ready.

Layla Hilding is thirty-five and recently divorced. Struggling to break free from the past—her glory days as the lead singer in a band and a ten-year marriage to a man who never put her first—Layla’s newly found independence feels a lot like loneliness.

Then there's Josh, the single dad whose daughter attends the elementary school where Layla teaches music. Recently separated, he's still processing the end of his twenty-year marriage to his high school sweetheart. He chats with Layla every morning at school and finds himself thinking about her more and more.

Equally cautious and confused about dating in a world that favors apps over meeting organically, Layla and Josh decide to be friends with the potential for something more. Sounds sensible and way too simple—but when two people are on the rebound, is it heartbreak or happiness that’s a love song away?

This was great! This is the second time that I have picked up a book written by Tracey Garvis Graves and I have been very impressed with her work so far. When I found out that Andi Arndt narrated this book, I knew that this would be a book that I would want to listen to. I just loved the characters and appreciated all of the music references. This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end.

This was a wonderful story of moving on. Layla works as the music teacher at the local elementary school and is recently divorced. Josh has just separated from his wife and is just trying to figure out how to take care of his daughter and move forward with his life. Josh and Layla meet through the elementary school and develop a friendship that has a lot of potential. Layla and Josh were great characters and I liked seeing them together. They are both recently leaving a marriage and I liked learning how things went wrong for them in their prior relationships. They both seemed determined to take things slow and not hurt each other.

I really enjoyed Layla’s journey back into music. When she was younger she was part of a pretty successful local band and had big dreams but responsibility got in the way. It was great to see her pick up a guitar again and do something that she was passionate about. I really liked all of the music references and could really imagine her up on the stage in front of a crowd.

Andi Arndt is one of my favorite narrators and she did an amazing job with this book. I loved the voices that she used for each of the characters and really felt like she brought them to life. This book was really a joy to listen to because of the wonderful narration.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I thought it was a wonderful story about learning to move on with enough romance to keep things interesting. I will definitely be reading more of this author in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Macmillan Audio via NetGalley.

10 responses to “Review – Heard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves

  1. I am eyeing this one because I have had so much success with Graves in the past. Glad to hear the characters journeys were worth following.

  2. JenM

    I just finished this also, and really loved the way they first became friends before they started a romantic relationship. I appreciated that the author gave some real time and consideration to the difficulty involved in moving forward after a significant relationship goes bad. The only thing I wasn’t wild about were the flashbacks. I don’t mind a few initially at the start of a book, but after that they tend to throw me out of the story.