David's Song
Taken from the book cover: Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience.A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.

David's Song Details

TitleDavid's Song
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 15th, 2013
PublisherAuthor House
ISBN-139781456700218
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary

David's Song Review

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not really sure exactly what to say about this book or how to say it. I'm sort of at a loss. I talked to my husband about this book after I read it because I was feeling so out of sorts. This book definitely evokes emotions. I felt for Annie but mostly I felt guilty for Annie. She didn't seem to feel much of that for herself, but I sure did. I felt guilty and disloyal and dirty even. On her behalf. I think all marriages have rough patches. It's working through those that makes you stronger. I'm not really sure exactly what to say about this book or how to say it. I'm sort of at a loss. I talked to my husband about this book after I read it because I was feeling so out of sorts. This book definitely evokes emotions. I felt for Annie but mostly I felt guilty for Annie. She didn't seem to feel much of that for herself, but I sure did. I felt guilty and disloyal and dirty even. On her behalf. I think all marriages have rough patches. It's working through those that makes you stronger. I know that isn't always the case, but in this case it was. Annie's husband may not have been the best communicator, but he was trying. Jeremy was faithful to Annie and tried to give Annie what he thought she wanted. He always felt second best, second choice and Annie pretty much proved that he was by her actions.I thought Annie was selfish. I didn't like her. It was like she just threw her whole marriage and children out the window without much thought at all when dream boat from the past walks in. Even if she didn't feel loved by her husband, what about her children? Was she really just going to up and leave for some far off destination for a romp with the old flame? Where does that leave her children? What does that tell them? Oh oy.I guess I'm just of a different mind and heart than Annie. I can't imagine renewing a relationship with someone when my marriage was still in place. Happy or not. I can see the temptation that Annie had. Of course I can. But that's when you run the other way until things with your marriage are resolved one way or another. Annie had those people reminding her of that but she selfishly chose differently.I guess this book just wasn't for me. Just the whole topic and viewpoint. Maybe I've just seen the repercussions of these type of decisions so many times that it hits too close to my heart.The book was well written. It obviously evoked real emotions from me which should be considered a positive.
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  • Inga
    January 1, 1970
    My review: David's Song is a book about marriage, choices, lost love, pain, happiness, cheating, finding your path. It was well written and definitely thought awakening. The story takes you into a fifteen years old marriage. Annie, who is the heroine in this wonderful contemporary romance, is having some severe issues in her marriage with Jeremy. When she is going to a college reunion, she meets with David Andrews - a man whom she loved and who broke her heart. Since Annie's marriage is on a lo My review: David's Song is a book about marriage, choices, lost love, pain, happiness, cheating, finding your path. It was well written and definitely thought awakening. The story takes you into a fifteen years old marriage. Annie, who is the heroine in this wonderful contemporary romance, is having some severe issues in her marriage with Jeremy. When she is going to a college reunion, she meets with David Andrews - a man whom she loved and who broke her heart. Since Annie's marriage is on a low tide, her heart pulls toward David. I loved the voice of Annie. I understood her considerations and thoughts. It's always very tempting to reaching out for something that you think can make you happy and Annie needs to decide if she wants to work on an existing marriage trying to fix the problems or give it up for something she once thought she had. I loved the way author dealt with not only the temptation itself, but how she described the battle between mind and heart. Annie knew what her heart wanted and that raised the question if she should follow her heart or not. I think, this book leaves nobody neutral, because the reader usually takes sides and since the topics written in David's Song are eternal and about love inside and/or outside of marriage, it will raise lot of emotions and thoughts - what would I do if I were Annie? I loved that the author does not judge and does not read epistle. I liked how she left things open for the reader. David's Song was really a great book! It was not a very typical romance book and therefore very refreshing and interesting. I highly recommend it!
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  • Laurie Carlson
    January 1, 1970
    This book pulled me in from the very beginning. This story was amazing! I was glued to the page! The story flowed very well, and I enjoyed it immensely. The book is written beautifully and extremely well written.Annie is not happy with her marriage to Jeremy, and it just so happens she is headed off to Las Vegas with her girlfriends for a week long vacation. One of the nights they will be there they will be seeing a pianist by the name of David, which takes her back to her college days at BYU (B This book pulled me in from the very beginning. This story was amazing! I was glued to the page! The story flowed very well, and I enjoyed it immensely. The book is written beautifully and extremely well written.Annie is not happy with her marriage to Jeremy, and it just so happens she is headed off to Las Vegas with her girlfriends for a week long vacation. One of the nights they will be there they will be seeing a pianist by the name of David, which takes her back to her college days at BYU (Brigham Young University) in Utah where she first fell in love with David fifteen years earlier. It just so happened her and Jeremy were very close friends during this time, too. Annie is excited to go, get away with her girlfriends, but nervous about seeing David again. At this point in the book it flashes back to those college days, the dance practices, dating David, her feelings for David and Jeremy, and the final decisions as to who they all end up marrying and the different ways they go. I really enjoyed the story during the college days. No one likes to read about marriage difficulties, but you need the backstory to understand the current story, and everyone goes through marriage difficulties of some type at some time during their marriage. Perhaps not to this extreme degree, but we all have our little quirks, etc., so we can relate to some of it. The only thing I don't like about this story is I felt it had a good solid ending until I read Chapter One of the 2nd book in this series. The author is going to make this story into a Trilogy. I hate to say this, but how much more are we going to read about Annie's indecision about her current marriage situation? She had the opportunity to choose twice, and she did. When she got married, and then again when she was in Las Vegas and saw her first love again, which stirred up feelings in her. The author is stirring up feelings in Annie again to make this into a Trilogy. Divorce does happen, but how many times do you go through the process of deciding? Her husband has been more loving, and more than happy to help her around the house, even suggesting to get the kids involved in the housekeeping chores, but she turns it away because she knows she'll do a better job at it herself. They have gone to marriage counseling, although in the second book it states she did not like the counselor. Annie is unsettled. Is that reason for divorce? Especially when there are kids involved?I don't know. Perhaps it's me. I'm tired of so many books being made into trilogies unless the book is from a different point of view. Why can't a story be written as 'one' complete story? This would have been perfect the way it was. If the author felt more should have been covered, then I feel she should have added it to this book. Yes, the book would have been longer, but so be it if that would cover the story completely.It seems like there is something with authors today that want to stretch their stories into trilogies, but this is 'of my opinion.' I will not read the next two books. I feel this story was full and complete right where it ended. Why else would Annie have made the decision she did? This second book will give Annie a third choice to make. How many choices in your marriage do you make to keep it or end it? However, if this author were to write more books as individual stories, I would definitely grab them up and read them right away. This is how much I do like her writing. She is very talented with her writing/storytelling skills. Well worth the reading her works, if not a trilogy. I received this book for FREE from the author in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa... Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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  • Ruth Hill
    January 1, 1970
    What an unbelievable romance! I loved it from the beginning through the very end, and I know I just have to read the next book in the series! I honestly don't know where to start except to say that while contemporary romances don't usually resonate with me, this one does. It is an LDS fiction book, but don't let that put you off. It is is never preachy. There are no sex scenes, and there is only one minor "swear" word. Morals are stressed throughout, and I honestly was not certain how the book w What an unbelievable romance! I loved it from the beginning through the very end, and I know I just have to read the next book in the series! I honestly don't know where to start except to say that while contemporary romances don't usually resonate with me, this one does. It is an LDS fiction book, but don't let that put you off. It is is never preachy. There are no sex scenes, and there is only one minor "swear" word. Morals are stressed throughout, and I honestly was not certain how the book would end. I'm not going to hint at the ending except to say it is one wild ride.I was enthralled with David Andrews. Goodness, he probably is the epitome of every woman's fantasy. I never really liked Jeremy--sorry. And Annie, well, she is one complex woman. I can identify with men never being attracted to her--my problem as well. Yes, I've had three men in my life, but they all ended up being jerks. Kind of like the bad version of David and even worse. But that's another story.I found myself feeling very conflicted during this book. I am always rooting for marriages to stay together. I don't agree with cheating, having affairs, getting divorced to marry someone else, etc. Talley spins such an amazing story that I honestly didn't know how I wanted the story to end. I knew wasn't supposed to ever hope that a woman would leave her husband, but I certainly struggled. Rarely has an author made me feel "off kilter" like that. But it made the reading of the book even more intriguing. I have to admit that I didn't do much skimming of this book, and so it took me longer than usual! I highly recommend this romance!!I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book to read on vacation: not too heavy, but still gets you thinking about interesting things---particularly issues involving choices and consequences.I liked the way the story flowed. I liked the way the timeline was handled. I liked the fact that even though the reader knows a good deal about Annie's choices in college after the very first page, the backstory is not unnecessary or boring. It is intriguing to find out how everything happened. I liked that no one was made the vi This was a great book to read on vacation: not too heavy, but still gets you thinking about interesting things---particularly issues involving choices and consequences.I liked the way the story flowed. I liked the way the timeline was handled. I liked the fact that even though the reader knows a good deal about Annie's choices in college after the very first page, the backstory is not unnecessary or boring. It is intriguing to find out how everything happened. I liked that no one was made the villain. I was really expecting it to go that direction and was pleased that it didn't. I liked that the decisions she has to make were interesting and complicated.A great first book for Talley.
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  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    This book was different than a lot of "love stories", it was more realistic than fantasy which was a nice change. Sometimes I felt that Annie was being a real *itch to her husband; but it is the way people act in real life instead of characters in a book. Her "dream man" was such a momma's boy and even though he was a gorgeous celebrity and I wanted to root for him, I felt that her husband was a better choice. This is the first of a trilogy, but it ended in a way that didn't leave you hanging, w This book was different than a lot of "love stories", it was more realistic than fantasy which was a nice change. Sometimes I felt that Annie was being a real *itch to her husband; but it is the way people act in real life instead of characters in a book. Her "dream man" was such a momma's boy and even though he was a gorgeous celebrity and I wanted to root for him, I felt that her husband was a better choice. This is the first of a trilogy, but it ended in a way that didn't leave you hanging, which I also liked. It is so frustrating to end a book on a cliffhanger and then not have the next one come out for a long time.I am looking forward to reading more books by A.R.Talley. This was her debut novel and you would never know it, she writes so well!Thanks Goodreads for the wonderful book!
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  • Jennifer Lea
    January 1, 1970
    I am generally a big fan of fantasy, science fiction, horror and psychological thrillers, so you can imagine I was sceptical to try something so out of my domain. I won this book in the 'giveaways' and guess what, I loved it. I loved the memoir vs. reality feel and the whole possibility of second chances and what I would do if I were in the same situation. The characters were so real and the story so poignant, I would truly recommend this read. I can't say I would have handled it any better than I am generally a big fan of fantasy, science fiction, horror and psychological thrillers, so you can imagine I was sceptical to try something so out of my domain. I won this book in the 'giveaways' and guess what, I loved it. I loved the memoir vs. reality feel and the whole possibility of second chances and what I would do if I were in the same situation. The characters were so real and the story so poignant, I would truly recommend this read. I can't say I would have handled it any better than Annie. From what I understand this is to be continued as a sequence ... and you know, I just may look into it. Thank you Goodreads Giveaways for this chance of reading a book I would have missed otherwise and good luck to this author on their future endeavors. I'd love to see more. :D
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Great read! Not just your typical "romance" novel. It was believable and kept you wondering what choice Annie would make. The characters seemed genuine and you could really sympathize with them. I think a lot of us wonder what would happen if we had a "second chance" with our first love. Unlike many of us, Annie had the chance to face the man that broke her heart and work through it. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book!
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    What a great read! Sucked me in from the first page, and I found that it held my interest so well I couldn't put it down. Not many books out there I can say that about. The story is believable and intriguing enough to want to find out what happens next.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book from the beginning!!! Something very refreshing! And gives you a lot to think about when you read it! :)
  • Pattisue
    January 1, 1970
    I found David’s Song to be an interesting exploration of good vs. evil, wisdom vs. temptation. As a college student, Annie Stevens is regularly comparing herself to others and falling short. Her lack of confidence in herself, her husband, her marriage, and his love for her overshadow the happiness she could be enjoying in her life. She falls into the trap of appearances versus reality. She is blinded by the sparkle and glamour of David Andrews. Is she in love with the man or the memory? This gol I found David’s Song to be an interesting exploration of good vs. evil, wisdom vs. temptation. As a college student, Annie Stevens is regularly comparing herself to others and falling short. Her lack of confidence in herself, her husband, her marriage, and his love for her overshadow the happiness she could be enjoying in her life. She falls into the trap of appearances versus reality. She is blinded by the sparkle and glamour of David Andrews. Is she in love with the man or the memory? This golden boy has had life handed to him on a silver platter. He takes what he wants with no consideration of the cost. Always seeking the elusive happiness and fulfillment that is just out of his reach, David soon realizes the consequences of his careless, thoughtless actions. Good, kind, patient Jeremy Hensman has flaws of his own. “He understood her like no other person did.” He waited for her to recognize his love and devotion, married her, yet finds he is still waiting for her complete love and trust. Their marriage had been reduced to roommates sharing a house and children. Communication had ceased, friendship abandoned. Her girlfriends Emily and Carolyn are the dichotomy of the voice of reason or the voice of temptation. Jon is an abstract character who exercises influence on Jeremy, both good and bad. Although obviously a religious woman, Annie never called upon her God or her faith in the most pivotal moments of her marriage or her life. As she flirted with betraying her husband and her sacred marriage vows, I kept waiting for her conscious to step in or for her to recognize her loyalty to her family. “A guy doesn’t have to be flawless to love you even with your faults.” This is an emotional story leaving the reader to wonder “what if.”*I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are uniquely my own.
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  • Amber Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my lordy this is one powerful novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat.This author writes these characters so strongly that you get attached and their emotions take you over. I kept crying all throughout this emotional book.I just loved it.Annie what a lovely character. So much like myself in her demeaner and personality and this she goes through with family, men and her work. I could definitely relate to her character.David oh David. This is one of those guys you want to hate but hes so Oh my lordy this is one powerful novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat.This author writes these characters so strongly that you get attached and their emotions take you over. I kept crying all throughout this emotional book.I just loved it.Annie what a lovely character. So much like myself in her demeaner and personality and this she goes through with family, men and her work. I could definitely relate to her character.David oh David. This is one of those guys you want to hate but hes so frigging charming you really cannot hate him. I really do love his charismatic creative character and I would go back and forth with if I wanted them to get together or not.THe amazing Jeremy. He is essentially a perfect man. The boy next door. Sweet kind loving patient smart not pushy or mean or hurtful. I so wanted to be mad at him at the end of this book for hurting Annie but at the same time I wanted them to get their happily ever after. But god I love Jeremy he is the nice guy you want to get the girl. Hes the guy every girl should fall for.This is one strong love story that takes you back to what happened to Annie in her past back in college and brings you to a future that you arnt sure what or who she will end up with.Love love love it. I cant wait to read more from this complelling author. Truly amazing.5 stars
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  • Nydia Burdick
    January 1, 1970
    I was given this book in return for a review. I don't normally read a lot of romances, but I needed a change of pace so I agreed to read this one. Glad I did it's somewhat of a morality tale about temptation. Annie, the main character, is having difficulties with her marriage. While on vacation in Vegas she runs into her college heart throb who is now a famous singer/songwriter. She is sorely tempted to escape her marriage and go with David. This is well written and enjoyable. I was a little off I was given this book in return for a review. I don't normally read a lot of romances, but I needed a change of pace so I agreed to read this one. Glad I did it's somewhat of a morality tale about temptation. Annie, the main character, is having difficulties with her marriage. While on vacation in Vegas she runs into her college heart throb who is now a famous singer/songwriter. She is sorely tempted to escape her marriage and go with David. This is well written and enjoyable. I was a little off put by the college days and everyone saying that they were there to get married even if it was in a joking manner. I didn't know anyone saying that when I was in college. But that was a minor issue. I enjoyed the rest of it ---even getting aggravated at one of the character (Ellen). I mean it's a book, so why the ire? But that means the author did a killer job! Great book!!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Annie goes on a week's retreat with a couple of friends to get away from it all - the four kids, the marriage that seems to be going down the tubes, and the arguing. What she doesn't expect to find on her retreat is the past love that left her. As a reader, there is a lot of background information filled in with Annie's past. Who will she ultimately end up with?I found the writing to be strong in regards to the characters and their personalities. I could really relate to Annie and what she was e Annie goes on a week's retreat with a couple of friends to get away from it all - the four kids, the marriage that seems to be going down the tubes, and the arguing. What she doesn't expect to find on her retreat is the past love that left her. As a reader, there is a lot of background information filled in with Annie's past. Who will she ultimately end up with?I found the writing to be strong in regards to the characters and their personalities. I could really relate to Annie and what she was experiencing. I found it to be a roller coaster of emotions and I eagerly awaited the end to see what would happen.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this book. It was well written with likable characters. I liked the fact that it started with present day and then was a lot of memories and reflections, bringing it back to present day. ***Spoiler alert** However, I really hated some of Annie’s decisions. I think some of her choices were betraying Jeremy and their family. I’m glad it ended well but some of it was hard for me to relate to. (That could be because I have been married to the same man for almost 43 years. I have mixed feelings about this book. It was well written with likable characters. I liked the fact that it started with present day and then was a lot of memories and reflections, bringing it back to present day. ***Spoiler alert** However, I really hated some of Annie’s decisions. I think some of her choices were betraying Jeremy and their family. I’m glad it ended well but some of it was hard for me to relate to. (That could be because I have been married to the same man for almost 43 years.)
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    Oh how cool! A chance to spend time with the one that got away! First we get the college experience then the revisit. I think the majority of adults have a "one that got away" story. I like that the college experience is realistic in the time management and still trying to have a social life. The dance competition is a nice backdrop to seeing the development of a relationship. Then to meet again 15 years later is an amazing chance to look at what could have been versus what life has become. I th Oh how cool! A chance to spend time with the one that got away! First we get the college experience then the revisit. I think the majority of adults have a "one that got away" story. I like that the college experience is realistic in the time management and still trying to have a social life. The dance competition is a nice backdrop to seeing the development of a relationship. Then to meet again 15 years later is an amazing chance to look at what could have been versus what life has become. I thought the book was wonderful. I received this book for a review opportunity.
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  • Raina
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting read. A teacher takes a trip to Las Vegas with her friends only to run into her lost love from college. After hanging out with him she begins to question her life. It was fun to read in the beginning but by the end I was getting tired of the predictable events. I enjoyed the flashback parts, but the current times left me wishing for something different. I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pascale
    January 1, 1970
    What could have been...Aww, this was a GREAT story! I found it completely realistic and plausible. For a while, I found the story was dragging a bit but then it picked up again and I found the ending very satisfying. This was a new author for me and I truly enjoyed reading this book. I would definitely read more work by this author. Highly recommended. This is a clean, stand-alone romance.
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  • Emily F
    January 1, 1970
    The extended flashback style was hard to get through. I ended up skipping past it to the present day. I don't quite understand why part of it took place at BYU if the LDS standards didn't even factor in at all. I thought the resolution was good, probably my favorite part of the book. It was an okay debut, just didn't jive with me.
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  • Amy McPherson
    January 1, 1970
    Good read, have tissues readyTake a chance on this. I was surprised how involved I got into this book. I did not think I would enjoy the story line, but I was captivated. I will get the next one in the series. I did find 3 minor editing errors, in my opinion anyway.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I found this book to be somewhat boring. Then, I started to enjoy it. It was not exactly what I expected it to be. I vacillated between two and three stars, but ultimately went with two because, in the end, it left me disappointed. (Also, I was bothered by the preview of the second book, and I feel bad judging this book based on what happens next in the trilogy, but I also can't really put it out of my mind either. I probably will not finish the series.)I did like that this was a "clea At first, I found this book to be somewhat boring. Then, I started to enjoy it. It was not exactly what I expected it to be. I vacillated between two and three stars, but ultimately went with two because, in the end, it left me disappointed. (Also, I was bothered by the preview of the second book, and I feel bad judging this book based on what happens next in the trilogy, but I also can't really put it out of my mind either. I probably will not finish the series.)I did like that this was a "clean" romance. I'm not LDS, or even a Christian, but I found the way Annie's growing involvement with David to be very realistic. Normally, in these types of books, the characters end up in bed and then think about the consequences later. I think the way it happened here was probably more in line with reality, at least from my experience. Still, I couldn't help but be disappointed with the ending. I know it's a complex experience, so it was nice not to have an overly rosy ending. However, it didn't really seem like she went back to her husband at the end with the right frame of mind. Her heart wasn't in it, and I couldn't help but think that her decision was motivated by her husband's threat regarding their children if she left him for David, not because she really loved him. If she wasn't going to go into it with the best of intentions, then she should have left Jeremy like he asked her to. I will say...I have an aversion to the fairy tale, youthful romance type stories. I know, I know. I shouldn't read romance if I don't like that. But there are some wonderful books out there that are about real, adult romance. It's one thing to look wistfully back at the past and wonder "what if." I have had similar thoughts myself from time to time (and not just about romance either) and sometimes those thoughts can be very painful. But you don't throw away your life with someone who loves you and someone you love because you had a crush on some fantasy guy for a few months in your late teens or early 20s. I'm not saying couples should stay together always, but in this instance I would have like to have seen more of a commitment of the main character to her marriage and her family. What she wanted with David was STILL a fantasy, even at the end. The fact that she couldn't see that made me think she learned nothing at all. I thought the writing was good, and parts of the story were very moving. I just didn't really like Annie all that much, in the end. It just seemed like the whole book was building toward her realizing that she really wanted to work things out with her husband, but even though she went with him, I was not convinced. I also found it somewhat annoying that she is willing to lay most of the blame for her marital problems on her husband, in the end. He kept saying he was sorry, and I guess he should have been, but they both should have been and it didn't come across that she was at all. I think Jeremy deserved better.I already purchased the second book in this trilogy, because normally even when I don't like a book I usually want to know what happens next. But I scanned through the next one, and I imagine I'll like the next book even less than this one. I might return to it someday, and I'd be curious to find out how it all ends when the third book comes out, but for now, I'm done. **Edited to add: This book has stuck with me, and not in a good way. So I'm amending one of my previous statements. Now, I would not at all be inclined to give this book three stars. I will keep it as two, because I did like aspects of it, but I'd lean more toward the one star end than the three star end.
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  • Shauna
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure how I felt about this story, definitely not my opinion of a romance. Quite truthfully, most of the characters seemed immature and acted accordingly. I didn't like David at all, so maybe that was my problem. Annie had issues, but I felt like she should have tried to communicate better and be honest with her husband. Yes, life is complicated and not easy, and I'll be the first to admit that there are challenges, but put a little effort into the trying. She didn't act like a true frien I'm not sure how I felt about this story, definitely not my opinion of a romance. Quite truthfully, most of the characters seemed immature and acted accordingly. I didn't like David at all, so maybe that was my problem. Annie had issues, but I felt like she should have tried to communicate better and be honest with her husband. Yes, life is complicated and not easy, and I'll be the first to admit that there are challenges, but put a little effort into the trying. She didn't act like a true friend and rarely thought of her children. Jeremy was incredibly patient, but also could have communicated better. I felt unsettled at the end and wished for a more thorough closure. I talked to my husband about it and we had an interesting conversation. Maybe that was the author's point? If you're into the "what if" kind of story than you will enjoy this book, it just wasn't for me.
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  • Stefany
    January 1, 1970
    Find my full review here: http://www.tobethode.com/2013/05/book... Below is taken from that post...This is the first in the books I mentioned yesterday that deal with a troubled marriage. Where yesterday’s book I could not relate to, sadly I was able to relate to David’s Song and the trouble between Annie and Jeremy. Fighting over money and fighting just to fight are both issues that this couple face. Set out on a trip she feels guilty for going on (due to finances), Annie struggles with her emo Find my full review here: http://www.tobethode.com/2013/05/book... Below is taken from that post...This is the first in the books I mentioned yesterday that deal with a troubled marriage. Where yesterday’s book I could not relate to, sadly I was able to relate to David’s Song and the trouble between Annie and Jeremy. Fighting over money and fighting just to fight are both issues that this couple face. Set out on a trip she feels guilty for going on (due to finances), Annie struggles with her emotions when she sees David again. I say again because she had a love/lust relationship with him in college. I felt for Annie during this book but she also infuriated me. I felt she was “playing with fire” so often, even in her college time and I wanted to close my Kindle and take a break. I couldn’t understand where her mind was and what she was doing.I also felt for David but not in the same way. David was controlled… by his mom, by his girlfriend, by his career. He needed to get a grip and take control of his own life. Sadly, by the time he decides to do that, it is probably too late. I wanted him to fail in his attempts to woo Annie, to be honest. She is a married woman!! Yeah, they have problems but I felt he was a complete jerk to try to gain her trust and love again knowing that she is married. Happily or not is not the question. He should have kept his hands and thoughts off when it came to her.Jeremy upset me often in this book. He is portrayed as someone who will give and do anything for Annie as long as she is happy. But, in the end I don’t think he accomplished that well. She was in a relationship with someone who wouldn’t talk to her… literally. How can you expect a relationship to get better if there is no communication? He said it was because they needed a break and fighting over the phone wasn’t healthy… which I agree. But, even when Annie needed him, he turned his back on her.While I was happy with how the story ended, I am a bit upset after reading the sneak for book 2. I love my HEA and I am in serious fear that we won’t get it with this couple.Finally, Annie’s friends… one I loved and the other I wanted to reach through my Kindle and punch in the face. Carolyn is a good friend to Annie. She is there for her as a friend should be. She supports her and her decisions, while giving advice, and even if she doesn’t agree. Emily is not a good friend, in my opinion. She seemed to have an ulterior motive during the whole book and that was not in loyalty to Annie but to Jeremy. She says she cares about them both but I really did not get the feeling. I hated Emily and felt Annie a better person than I would be because I would have walked away and never spoke to her again knowing what Annie does.I gave this book a solid 4 stars. It was engaging and the characters were developed well throughout. I think the pace was a bit off at times (like I wanted it to move along faster) but overall, I was very pleased with it. I was crying big ugly tears at the end and am looking forward to the next book. I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a “clean” romance… you won’t find all the s-e-x that is in so many romances nowadays. You will find a love story, a lust story, and a beautiful piece of women’s fiction.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    After fifteen years of marriage Annie and Jeremy are having serious problems in their marriage. Annie heads off to Las Vegas for a week long BYU college reunion with her girlfriends. While at the hotel, Annie runs into David Andrews, her ex-college boyfriend who broke her heart. David is now a famous pianist, whose concert they will be attending while in Vegas. Seeing David after fifteen years stirs up old emotional feelings in Annie, leaving her with two choices to consider: whether to stay in After fifteen years of marriage Annie and Jeremy are having serious problems in their marriage. Annie heads off to Las Vegas for a week long BYU college reunion with her girlfriends. While at the hotel, Annie runs into David Andrews, her ex-college boyfriend who broke her heart. David is now a famous pianist, whose concert they will be attending while in Vegas. Seeing David after fifteen years stirs up old emotional feelings in Annie, leaving her with two choices to consider: whether to stay in her marriage to Jeremy, or possibly have a second chance with David, her lost college love.In David's Song, the first book in a trilogy, author A.R. Talley weaves a compelling tale that deals with realistic emotions, temptations, choices and decisions made in relationships. Written in the first person narrative that starts with the backstory of Annie, Jeremy and David attending BYU, which proceeds fifteen years later to the present time in Las Vegas, the reader follows Annie's journey as she works through her indecision on what to do with her troubled marriage, and the opportunity to have a second chance with her first love.This is a LDS story that packs a powerful and emotional punch, it captivates the reader's attention and draws them into Annie's story. As Annie reminisces about the past, contemplates the issues in her marriage to Jeremy, and the temptation of starting a relationship with David, the story can't help but evoke the full range of emotions in the reader. I found myself pondering what would I do if I was in Annie shoes. Would I be able to give up a marriage to a man who truly loves me, even if the marriage isn't perfect and has very normal and real issues, for a chance of having a relationship with my lost love who had broken my heart?Sometimes affairs of the heart can cause complications that may lead a person to consider choices and make decisions that they normally wouldn't make. Would you choose to remaining living in a relationship that was built on love, trust, commitment and experience ... or would you throw caution to the wind and follow your heart filled with unfulfilled dreams into an unknown relationship? Hmmm ... David's Song is definitely an emotional story that makes you sit up and ponder your own relationships, choices and decisions that you have made in your life.David's Song is a true-to-life story that depicts a realistic portrayal of the complexities and dynamics of relationships, and the variety of issues, choices and decisions that come with them.David's Song is the first book in a trilogy.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...
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  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    I felt very torn with the one. The reader begins the story with where Annie is, but then goes back to fill the gaps in and I love the way the story shows the reader just how Annie came to love two men. The story flows in a very natural way and is told in a way to really draw on a reader's emotions. Unfortunately, I didn't like some of the emotions that I felt, but they were real.In college, Annie fell for a David, a man way out of her league. David is very charming and every girl on campus seems I felt very torn with the one. The reader begins the story with where Annie is, but then goes back to fill the gaps in and I love the way the story shows the reader just how Annie came to love two men. The story flows in a very natural way and is told in a way to really draw on a reader's emotions. Unfortunately, I didn't like some of the emotions that I felt, but they were real.In college, Annie fell for a David, a man way out of her league. David is very charming and every girl on campus seems to harbor a crush on him. She thinks he feels the same way about her, but he shatters her heart instead. What a coward! I wish he would have done what he wanted to do. Jeremy, her good friend, was there to pick up the pieces. Annie and Jeremy do have a very comfortable friendship. I thought he should have spoken up and let her know what he was thinking and feeling, instead of always melting into the background. Fast forward fifteen years. Jeremy and Annie argue all of the time and it's decided that she'll go to Vegas for her spring break (she's a teacher) with two of her college friends. David is now a famous singer and they'll be going to his concert. Little did she know, he hasn't forgotten Annie and places her in a precarious position--one where her choices will affect everything in her world. I didn't like some of the choices that Annie makes and they upset me. She was on a very slippery slope and I wanted to yell at her to wake up and realizes what she was doing. I couldn't blame Jeremy at all for being unhappy with her, yet they made a commitment to one another when they married and I wanted him to fight for her and then to treat her like he wanted to stay married to her. David is still very charming and persuasive. I couldn't help but feel a little sorry for him.It takes a lot of talent for an author to evoke such strong emotions in a reader, while setting the story up in such a brilliant way. The twist at the end is heart wrenching!Content: Moderately clean (kissing, innuendo, affair); no language or violence; very mild religious elements (mentions going to church once or twice, college years take place at BYU, but no preaching at all).
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  • Cami
    January 1, 1970
    I'll start by saying I don't normally read fiction, let alone romance (This is a clean romance, by the way), so that's why I am only giving it 3 stars. It was enjoyable and I didn't NOT like it, but it's not really my thing. The characters are very believable and I absolutely adored the descriptions of life at BYU--it is exactly what my experience was like there! It was so fun to go back to those days with this novel and relive all the quirky things that make up a BYU student experience--taking I'll start by saying I don't normally read fiction, let alone romance (This is a clean romance, by the way), so that's why I am only giving it 3 stars. It was enjoyable and I didn't NOT like it, but it's not really my thing. The characters are very believable and I absolutely adored the descriptions of life at BYU--it is exactly what my experience was like there! It was so fun to go back to those days with this novel and relive all the quirky things that make up a BYU student experience--taking Social Dance class, dating people your roommates like, dining at the CougarEat, meeting potential spouses in the library, double dating at Brick Oven, etc. I got butterflies with Annie when she talked about David, and I couldn't believe he was being that way when he supposedly had a girlfriend! Annie was a little too naive at times (not seeing Jeremy's interest in her, for example) and it was hard to be in her mind when she wasn't reacting how I wanted her to. The book was a delightful, quick read, but I only gave it 3 stars because I really didn't like the almost-adultery that was happening! My mind kept saying, "Don't do it, Annie! Back off! Poor choice! Red flag! Take your friends with you; strength in numbers! Run away!" But that's part of what makes the book engaging I guess. Annie is hot-tempered, immature, and stupid at times but still very real and believable. I loved and sympathized with Emily, though I did agree with Annie that she may have been meddling a little too much. I am glad the book ended the way it did, and I am curious what the second book has in store. (I didn't realize at first that this is the first in a trilogy.)**Update: The premise of this book (emotional affairs, mainly) really bothered me so I changed my rating to 2 stars.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Possible Spoilers~ For those of you that are, or have been, in the Akron Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will recognize the author's last name, Talley. This is her debut work and the first of a trilogy. The book just recently was published and can be bought directly from the publisher. A.R. did a fantastic job of dealing with real emotions and emational relationships. I could feel what the main character was feeling. Not to mention the story line is not unrealistic. Nor w Possible Spoilers~ For those of you that are, or have been, in the Akron Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will recognize the author's last name, Talley. This is her debut work and the first of a trilogy. The book just recently was published and can be bought directly from the publisher. A.R. did a fantastic job of dealing with real emotions and emational relationships. I could feel what the main character was feeling. Not to mention the story line is not unrealistic. Nor were there any ultra gooey moments. It was one of those books that I could not put down. (IE- did not want to be the responsible adult and wanted to read until it was finished=) The story is about a woman Annie whose marriage in on the rocks. She is leaving to attend a reunion with her college friends in Las Vegas and time away from her husband to make the heart grow fonder. At the same hotel that she will be staying is her former college boyfriend, David, who is now a famous singer. Part of the itinerary with her friends is to attend the concert being given by David. How will Annie handle seeing David again after he broke her heart 15 years ago? The beginning of the book takes us back to Annie's college days and the events that lead to her devastating heartbreak. The latter part of the book brings us to the present and how Annie's week away from home with her friends turns out. I cannot wait for the second and third book to come out!!If you are interested in getting a copy you can order it online at http://www.authorhouse.com/Bookstore/... in a book format or a downloadable format.
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  • Christina M Condy
    January 1, 1970
    This book begins with Annie who is going on a ladies only holiday. She is having trouble in her marriage to Jeremy. While on Holiday, she meets up with her first love. I won't go into any details about what happens at all. But I will say that this book shows real life in a manner that is both entertaining and enlightening.The book leaves no one neutral because you as the reader will find yourself picking sides. I won't say whose side I choose in any of the battles royal. This book made me think This book begins with Annie who is going on a ladies only holiday. She is having trouble in her marriage to Jeremy. While on Holiday, she meets up with her first love. I won't go into any details about what happens at all. But I will say that this book shows real life in a manner that is both entertaining and enlightening.The book leaves no one neutral because you as the reader will find yourself picking sides. I won't say whose side I choose in any of the battles royal. This book made me think about love and how it all works. As someone who has been quite literally dragged through the ringer for love, I have to say that I personally believe that what is worth the most is worth fighting for, in my case my Marriage to my current husband. It took a lot for us to be together, and emotionally and mentally it was draining on levels most people could only dream about in nightmares, but in the end we won and are together and we value our relationship much more. To me that is what this book is all about. In the end Love conquers all right? Well I for one won't spoil this book for you, but it is a fabulous story about love both inside and outside of marriage. This book is NOT a typical romance novel so most of you will find it unique and that is always a good thing, staves off book boredom!Go grab your copy of this delightful story. And take the time to enjoy this great work by A.R. Talley.Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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  • Tami
    January 1, 1970
    Haven't received yet, just received notice I had won! 3/31/11Received yesterday, have a few to get to before but hope to start soon 4/11/11Started yesterday, so far so good. 4/18/11College love! Annie had esteem issued like all young women, and the story starts with her headed to Vegas to meet up with college roomates for a week away from life. She fights with her husband on the way to the airport. She rreminisces about the past and how she came to be married to Jeremy. In the story, of course, Haven't received yet, just received notice I had won! 3/31/11Received yesterday, have a few to get to before but hope to start soon 4/11/11Started yesterday, so far so good. 4/18/11College love! Annie had esteem issued like all young women, and the story starts with her headed to Vegas to meet up with college roomates for a week away from life. She fights with her husband on the way to the airport. She rreminisces about the past and how she came to be married to Jeremy. In the story, of course, was the charasmatic David. He broke her heart. Now they are going to see his show in Vegas. Okay, I liked the story line, except of a few points. I was surprised it took place in BYU, I didn't know that before hand. I loved that they didn't swear every third word or sleep around. I love that the author protrayed such heartbreak and abandonment without sex being involved. Now for what I didn't like. (view spoiler)[First, I don't know any married LDS young women with children that would choose an ex that treated her so badly over the not so perfect but loving husband. She is insane for even thinking maybe with David again. I have been through heartbreak and I am not married with kids and I can tell you that would never happen with me and my ex. (hide spoiler)] Second, I wanted to slap the one friend, Emily? Not sure that is the right name, but it wasn't Carolyn. I sort of wished Annie had acted on her several impulses to do so. :)
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  • TAMMY CUEVAS
    January 1, 1970
    After fifteen years of marriage, Annie is heading for a girls' getaway in Vegas, in part because her husband Jeremy believes a few days apart will be good for them. As the plane takes her to her destination, she remembers their college years when she first met Jeremy...and David.Annie's past story is in flashbacks, told in the first person. Her conflicting feelings for two young men are a universal story known by many. Jeremy is perhaps the most sympathetic character, with David being the most c After fifteen years of marriage, Annie is heading for a girls' getaway in Vegas, in part because her husband Jeremy believes a few days apart will be good for them. As the plane takes her to her destination, she remembers their college years when she first met Jeremy...and David.Annie's past story is in flashbacks, told in the first person. Her conflicting feelings for two young men are a universal story known by many. Jeremy is perhaps the most sympathetic character, with David being the most complex. His motivations are slower to emerge than the others.A story of love, marriage, and the choices we all face in life, this is a clean romance novel that will be enjoyed by many.4 starsDisclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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