Louder Than Love

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Penguin, Sep 17, 2013 - Fiction - 398 pages
In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband...and discovers a love that defies classification.

It's been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth...the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.

Recluse rocker Adrian "Digger" Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids' TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter.

Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it's unclear whose past looms larger: the widow's or the rocker's. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?

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I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. A widow and her very young daughter, Abbey, are trying to move on after the tragic death of her beloved husband. The flashbacks to the times that Katrina’s husband was still alive just about killed me. So much life and love cut short so fast, a reminder that we should cherish and appreciate what we have because it may not be there tomorrow.
Three years after being widowed, Katrina meets a half-drunk Adrian Graves whom she’s hired to play the children’s songs he wrote 10 years ago. As the two batter their way through a relationship, conquering their demons becomes more complicated than they both realized; especially when Katrina, or Kat as she’s affectionately called by Adrian, refuses to face hers. Can love blossom when past hurts resurface?
Have you ever read a book that was so good, you couldn’t put in to words how wonderful it was? I completely fell in love with this book. My heartstrings have been tugged and abused and kept hanging on until the very end. An emotional journey of heart, love, hurt, and absolution. I could not put this book down.
I loved the complexity of each character. The plot was intricately designed and beautifully done. I also loved the music references the author used including The Beatles’ songs and how Katrina’s daughter was named Abbey after Abbey Road.
I grieved with Kat’s struggles as she tried to pick up the pieces and learn to live again after the terrible accident that changed her and Abbey’s lives forever. I loved how vulnerable Adrian was as he revealed his past to Kat. It crushed my heart to hear his shame and his self-hatred, but rejoiced as he found something to live for and saved himself from the destructive path he was on courtesy of his Rock ‘n Roll lifestyle.
The story is written in first person from Kat’s point of view and I really wished there were some scenes with Adrian’s viewpoint. I would have loved to know what was going on in his head. The plus side though was that he was very passionate and forthright with his feelings that I can understand why the author didn’t feel the need to write his view.
I was a little disappointed at the ending. I felt something was missing and there wasn’t enough closure for me. Loose ends were tied up but I just needed more. Maybe this was done purposely to lead into a second book perhaps?
I absolutely LOVED this book! I was completely floored. This is a debut novel for Jessica Topper and I say that this is an excellent start for a very talented writer. The story was emotionally charged, heart-wrenchingly precise and brilliantly executed. Keep an eye out for this author!
Louder Than Love is a must read for anyone who believes that not only love, but patience, strength, perseverance, courage and faith conquers all.
**I received a NetGalley copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Elizabeth at HEAs Are Us http://heasareus.blogspot.com/2013/09/debut-author-interview-review-giveaway.html

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Louder Than Love
By Jessica Topper
When this book start out you meet a woman named Katrina Lewis, a heartbroken widow still learning how to go on with her life. Determined to move on with it the
help of her friends and family she moves back to her hometown. She was left to take care of her daughter Abbey a sweet, smart and quick witted little girl with an affection for a TV show named Maxwell MacGillikitty, Feline Private Eye. And that leads her to the singer of the song Adrian Graves. He agrees to perform at the library where she volunteers her time. And that’s where the meat of the story begins. As they both begin to push the ghosts out of there life, and see if they can make a go at a life together. I have to say that I think this book started out a little slow but once it got going, it was a very good book. I love that Kat was a strong person, even though she had a past she didn’t think she could face. I loved all the characters, including her girlfriends that rallied around each other in their time of need. And Adrian comes in and automatically fits the puzzle, though he has a story all his own and somehow learns how to let go of it so much better than she does, Kat & Abbey give him the power to do that. I would love to hear more about the other characters in the book perhaps a spin-off of Kev to see what happens next in his story, perhaps with a certain someone.
I received a copy of Louder than Love from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock n’ roll number cruncher. She is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America, and belongs to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Jessica lives in Western New York with her husband, daughter and one ancient cat.

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