Moody Blue Trilogy – Book 1
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Working late on Christmas Eve, college senior Hannah Brooks is in the midst of a full-blown pity party. When a last-minute customer brimming with holiday spirit invites her to a candlelight service and a late-night family dinner, Hannah reluctantly accepts. She has no idea this kindhearted woman is the mother of Jason McKenzie – leader singer of Out of the Blue, the hottest band in the country – and Hannah’s childhood idol. The evening ends with an innocent kiss (sans mistletoe) as Hannah is swept away by Jason’s unpretentious manner.
Over the holidays Hannah and Jason’s relationship grows, but when turmoil and tragedy strike at the very heart of his famous band, their newfound love is put to the test in the glare of the paparazzi spotlight. Throughout her rollercoaster of experiences with Jason and his friends, Hannah comes face to face with her own beliefs. Who knew she could learn more about prayer and faith by hanging out with a bunch of rock stars than she ever learned in church?
The author first wrote Blue Christmas as a gift for her then-teenage daughter in honor of her affection for a wildly popular band in the late 90s. The short story grew into a full-length novel, eventually surfacing on one of the band’s fan fiction websites where it became quite a phenomenon. More than 80,000 readers stopped by to read the story, with over 1000 of them sending personal emails to the author who still enjoys reading them today. Though the story’s details have been changed, its band and all characters now fictional, the story line remains the same. Author Diane Moody has dedicated Blue Christmas to her now-grown daughter, Hannah Moody Schmitt.
I enjoyed the writing style of Diane Moody. It was refreshing and sweet. I was committed to the story from the beginning because she didn’t waste any time and got into the story quite quickly.
The storyline was great. It is every girls dream to be noticed by their favourite pop star or actor. I also really enjoyed the Christianity woven into the story. It was done so lightly that anyone would still enjoy the story. I have also been a young adult that dreamt of meeting her favourite actor or pop star, so I could fully relate to the Protagonist, Hannah. As with most books, I lived my fantasy through her.
The dialogue was written well, although I did sometimes struggle to know who was talking and there were double dialogue pieces for the same person speaking which got a bit confusing at times. However, the actual dialogue matched the characters well. I enjoyed most of the characters and disliked the ones I was meant to dislike, like Liza and the paparazzi, for example. (Are they really like that? If so, then I understand why some actors give them a hiding.)
The theme of the book was not really clear cut, unless it was just about finding love but I enjoyed the different facets. I feel like there may be varying themes and not just one. I liked the prayers for Jackson and then his subsequent miracle healing. I liked the love story between James and Hannah. And all the friendships that were formed made it a feel good read.
I don’t know if I’d say that the plot was ‘believable’ as such but it’s a story and they don’t always have to be believable. Life is real enough, a little fiction hasn’t hurt anybody. I was definitely kept guessing with this book and that’s why I read it in one and a half days. I needed to know what’s going to happen and once again found myself saying: “Just one more chapter then I’ll go to sleep.” Famous last words.
All the romantic feel good emotions were evoked in me. When Jackson got shot, the hospital scene and Hannah leaving and her turmoil of emotions all had me bawling my eyes out. I don’t know if it was just hormones but I was going through tissues like nobody’s business. I obviously LOVED the ending!
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