As promised prior to S.D. Hendrickson’s interview coming later today, here is my second not yet published review: My Lucky Days!
He was an up-and-coming country singer.
She was the last girl you’d ever see in a bar.
But one night, under those neon lights,
Lucky and Katie found each other.
Beginnings are always exciting.
Always fun. Always hopeful.
Katie was in her last year of college.
Lucky was still playing local stages.
She fell for his voice. She fell for his words.
They fell in love.
It was beautiful.
But time changed their world.
She was alone. He was on the road.
And that love was torn apart.
Endings are always painful.
Always heart wrenching.
But not always final.
One day, Lucky came back to Katie.
And this is their story.
Author Note: My Lucky Days is a standalone novel with sets of original song lyrics that read as poetry. New Adult & College / Contemporary Romance / Coming of Age / Second Chance Love Story.
4,5 country stars
First, my book’s favorite quote.
”God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference. While living one day at a time and enjoy one moment at a time. And accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.” The Serenity Prayer
It’s not that I’m an extremely religious person even if I do have beliefs but I find this quote so full of wisdom. It fits both main characters to a T. Lucky because he’s been abandoned as a child and had to fight not to be overwhelmed by resentment and bitterness over something he could not control. Katie because she’s also been abandoned even if figuratively by her parents and had to make peace with it. And it epitomizes them perfectly because something really heartbreaking, tear jerking happened they could not change or prevent and had to come to terms with.
I liked this story in the first 60% as it was cute, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes funny and sometimes “Haaaw chuck” but it did not blast my world. Honestly I felt slightly left down by SD Hendrickson as I worshipped her two other books and I had very high expectations.
But I positively ADORED this story in the last 40% as something dramatic happened and I could not stop crying because, well… you’ll have to read it. If you’re my friend you should know by now that I do love a good ugly crying and I got my fix for the week!
This is your “classic” story of a rising country singer meeting the girl next door and they fall in love but with some tricks in the hat to turn it from a cute story you’ve read thousand times into an SD Hendrickson novel: insightful, sensitive, cute and heart stealing.
Katie meets Lucky at a bar when she is dressed as a cat or rather Catwoman as Lucky likes to retell. She’s followed her BFF Payton but she’s more the girl you find on the outskirts of crowd, reliable and sensible.
”If fairytales were real, I would never be cast as the princess. Nor would I be the ugly stepsister, the ghastly villain, or dressed like someone who stole the heart of the hero and led him down a road of seductive debauchery. That wasn’t me either. Normally, I would be Extra #5, walking across the street in the background while the camera panned to the handsome guy as he dipped the beautiful girl into some epic kiss. I would be nameless and forgotten by those who watched in the audience.”
If Katie likes to blend in Lucky can light a whole town up. He has charisma, he is talented, he glows.
Opposite attracts and they soon begin to date even knowing Lucky was close to his big break in music and would be often away.
He likes to travel, to sing before a crowd. She likes to stay at the same place as she moved so much as a child and she wants to be invisible. Katie can’t understand what a guy like him finds in a girl like her. But Lucky knows she is perfect for him.
”Sometimes it feels like I have to be different people. The guy you see on stage. A different guy to fans or girls I date. Someone else with my family. It’s not like any of those are fake. They are just different from each other. Different parts of me. But it doesn’t feel like I can be all of them at once. Or mix them together. The night I met you was the first time I really felt like I was all of them at once. I could be myself with you.”
I positively loved Lucky as he is loyal, caring and would do everything for his adoptive family. Oh and he was also HOT! He was utterly devoted to Katie and would have stopped everything if she had only asked. They shared a love so deep Katie would never ask Lucky to give up his dream. Both had the best intention but you know what they say about best intentions…
Lucky’s family and Katie’s friends helped make this story feel so true and real. When I read about all their interactions I had the same feeling you experience on Christmas days when you’re all cozy with your family, cocooned in the warmth of your home.
I smiled, I swooned, I laughed and I cried buckets. It’s not my favorite by this author but it certainly is another success.
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