Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Bluegrass #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on October 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Length: 5 hours 57 minutes
Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.
I think I enjoyed the first book in this series a bit more than Rhythm and Bluegrass, but I still really enjoyed Molly Harper’s humor paired with Amanda Ronconi’s amazing ability to deliver those lines just right.
I pick up Molly Harper’s books when I’m looking for a light listen and a lot of laughs – which is why this was the perfect listen for the last few hours of Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Nothing keeps you awake like hilarious sarcasm, small town hi-jinks, and lovable characters.
As a historian, it was super easy for me to relate to Bonnie and how excited she was about unearthing treasures and her eagerness to share that joy. And the romance wouldn’t be complete without a stubborn, sexy male adversary that you JUST KNOW she’ll fall for – I was particularly found of Will McBride, he may be one of my favorite Molly Harper heroes.
I think my one disappointment was that there wasn’t more time with the characters from the first book – we see Sadie a bit and a few others, but I don’t think we ever saw Nick. I just enjoyed that first book so much I would have like a better idea of what’s going on with all those characters.
I’m having a lot of fun with this series and I expect the next one will be Kelsey’s story, which I think could be the best – I just love her. I definitely recommend this series for lots of laughs!Another fun time with Molly Harper's Rhythm & Bluegrass! Berls gives it 3.5/5 stars! Click To Tweet