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  • Evokes all kinds of emotions!

    Tracey Garvis Graves Heard It in a Love Song is an emotional story about going through the hard things to get to a beautiful second chance. There is no doubt you will feel a range of emotions while read this well written story. Layla is thirty-five and she's gone through a very difficult divorce. Her dream has always been to be a professional singer, but it was not a dream that her ex-husband supported. Now that she's making decisions for herself, she makes changes to the basement in her home to create a studio for herself where she can create her music without any judgement. Josh has also just recently separated from his high school sweetheart. They have a daughter who is just starting kindergarten and Josh is still figuring out how to balance his job as an electrician with being a single dad. He really liked being part of a couple, so he'd love to have someone to spend his free time with. Given that Layla is the music teacher at the elementary school, she encounters Josh and his daughter when he brings her each day for drop-off. They begin interacting and over time, a friendship develops. Since both Josh and Layla have been through so much in the past, will they be able to overcome those past hurts to try something together? While there is romance in this story, it really centers more on finding the person you're meant to be and making sure to go for the dreams you may have put on hold. It's also about learning to move forward after experiencing loss and challenges. I enjoyed the story and it really made me think about how going for things important to you and that mean something to you can be life changing if you just take a chance on yourself.

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  • Best romance I've read this year

    One of the best romance novels I’ve read this year. I really enjoyed I heard it in a love song. The story itself is told from two points of view, one from Layla and one from Josh, but also from different time periods in their lives. Both have flash backs to when they met their previous spouses and their marriages but also the present as they meet and get to know each other while dealing with the past struggles. It’s a deeper story of healing and moving on from a past you thought was your forever. Layla is a strong character. She’s very independent and I love watching her find herself again in this story while also watching how she lost herself in the first place. She’s a great female lead character. Then you have Josh who is still trying to figure out the part of a father who wants to make sure his daughter has a happy childhood. Hes still trying to get his bearings on single life and finish his divorce. Both are very relatable and real characters. The story would not be nearly as good if there had been any changes to them. It’s pulled together so well with them and the plot itself. I heard it in a love song is a realistic story about starting over and becoming yourself again. I received an advanced copy through netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • An absolutely stunning story!

    What a beautifully written story of two people processing the loss of their marriage and what moving forward looks like. Layla was certainly the type of heroine that many will be able to relate to. The problems within her marriage were those that are shared among many others. Her journey to rise up and find out who she truly is, and what she wants, was filled with growing pains as she struggled with every step forward. I found her to be extremely likeable. Josh was in a situation that had me wondering how it was all going to work out. There is definitely a sense that anything could happen between him and his wife. This author does not allow him to take the easy way out nor was he created in a way that’s commonly found among romance heroes. Yes, I liked him, but I was constantly on edge regarding how this was all going to turn out. The main bulk of this story consists of back-flashes that reveal the relationship Layla and Josh had with their spouses. It highlights all the good, the bad and the ugly before moving this couple into the here and now and their own build up into a new relationship. There isn’t a lot of time spent on this development but it was written in a way that it felt organic when they finally took a serious step forward. Definitely a book that’s light on romance and heavy on emotion.

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  • Fall in love, again

    Heard it in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves is about a young woman who wanted to be a rock star, but life had other plans. Layla Hilding is now a thirty-five-year-old divorcee starting to deal with past mistakes, making amends with desires, and dealing with loneliness. Layla now a music teacher at her local grammar school. Every morning she greets her students and their parents at drop-off. Josh separated from his wife Kimmy; they share a daughter Sahsa, and she is starting school this year. Josh does the drop-offs in the morning when he notices Layla's bright smile and warm eyes. Heard it in a Love Song is a tale about music and true love; it's well written and will keep you entertained.

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  • Finding friendship and new love

    I loved a well-executed friends to lovers romance and this is a good one. Layla and Josh are both coming out of painful relationship breakups, so when they meet, neither is emotionally ready to take on a new relationship. Josh was with his ex for 20 years. They met in high school, grew into responsible adulthood together and weathered a lot of storms, but somehow drifted apart anyway, They have a 5 yr old daughter and are fully committed to co-parenting her, but both of them recognize that the spark in their marriage is gone. Layla met her ex in her early 20's when she was scratching out a living as a singer in a local band, enjoying life, and hoping to make it big but not really looking for anything more. Somehow she drifted into marriage and 10 yrs later finds herself working as an elementary school music teacher, having given up everything that gave her joy in order to meet her irresponsible, narcissistic ex's emotional needs. Now that she's left him, she is slowly starting to reclaim her passion and joy in music and wants to regain control of her own life. They meet in the morning drop-off line at Layla's school, start casually chatting, and over the course of the next year, their friendship grows. When a romantic relationship between them sparks, it's no surprise as they've become so close and supportive of each other and both have always felt an attraction. This isn't a romance filled with fireworks and passion, but rather the inevitability of true love. In addition to the well-executed friendship and romance, I loved watching Layla regain her joy and her creative spark through music. It's a good reminder that it's never too late to get back to go back to something that fulfills you. The only thing about the book that I didn't enjoy was the flashbacks to Josh and Layla's previous relationships that were woven in throughout the book. Although I usually don’t mind a few initially at the start of a book, after that they tend to throw me out of the story. In this case, I found Josh's flashbacks to be more interesting and engaging than Layla's, maybe because I was so wrapped up in Layla's present day journey and resented being pulled back into her past. Overall, though, this was an enjoyable, satisfying friends to lovers romance. My thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

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