Description: Small town girl Gillian Heart moved to Nashville to get a record deal—not end up on some playboy’s arm. That’s why she tells herself she can’t get too personal with sexy music agent, Will Adams. Will makes her heart flutter, but he’s also broken plenty of hearts in this city. Will thinks Gillian has what it takes to make it in Nashville, but he can’t help being wildly attracted to her in a way that has little to do with music. She inspires him to change his ways, but he’s still wary about mixing business with pleasure. He did that once before and got burned. But neither Will nor Gillian can deny the spark between them. As things heat up, Gillian dares to imagine a life with Will—even though she knows he’s not a forever kind of guy. And then Will makes a move—bringing back memories of the father who abandoned her—that makes her question him and her whole life in Nashville. Can Gillian get over the disappointments of the past and find her place in Nashville, and with Will?
“Nashville By Heart” by Tina Ann Forkner is a contemporary romance about a 22-year-old small town girl named Gillian following her dreams of becoming a country singer while waitressing in Nashville, the capital of country music. Guarded and focused, Gillian sets out to get a record deal and avoid falling in love, which as we all know never works out quite like we plan.
I am a huge fan of country music and have a minor obsession with Nashville so I was excited to see how the music industry would be depicted in this book. The ins and outs of getting a record deal weren’t the main focus of the story, but having worked in the music industry, the plot was fairly realistic and predicated mainly on catching the eye of music agent and Gillian’s love interest Will Adams.
Tina Ann Forkner does a good job of interlacing the country music scene with Gillian’s small town insecurities and homesickness. Throughout the story, Gillian struggles to balance her desire to be a singer in Nashville while being so far from her home and her mother who she is very attached to. Gillian also wrestles with abandonment issues stemming from her father’s disappearance. Throughout the entire story, Gillian allows her past to dictate her present and she consistently battles herself to overcome the issues holding her back.
Although incredibly predictable, the story was cute and amusing. It’s a light read perfect for the beach or between reading heavier, darker narratives. Overall, this is a feel-good story that will make you smile despite the obvious and somewhat cheesy story line, but I think that’s what you want and expect when picking up a book like “Nashville By Heart.”