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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Perfect Love Song

ISBN: 0785226222

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 10/08/2019

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars Just in time for Christmas, escape with a perfect love song, a perfect love story, and a perfect dose of holiday magic. "Patti Callahan Henry is quickly becoming one of my favorites."

—Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author Can one song change the course of a life? Brothers Jimmy and Jack Sullivan live a nomadic life doing what they love: touring with their band, The Unknown Souls. But Jack’s recent engagement to Kara has everyone looking forward to a Christmas destination wedding in Ireland.

Unlike his brother, Jimmy never expected to fall in love. But he feels a sense of peace and happiness whenever he’s around Kara’s best friend, Charlotte—which has him wondering what he’s missing. Over Thanksgiving, Jimmy and Charlotte write a song while sitting together on the back porch. When the band sings it at a Christmas concert the next night, Jimmy insists it’s the perfect love song—but a manager for another famous duo is adamant that it’s the perfect Christmas song. Before Jimmy knows what’s happening, he’s on tour with the hottest country band around and suddenly everyone knows his name.

But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Jimmy finds himself far away from those he loves—especially Charlotte. Only a Christmas miracle—or two—will be able to lead Jimmy back to Ireland, to his brother, and to love.



My Review

I had the opportunity of reading this heartwarming, lyrical, and beautiful book years ago and was delighted to find new content and cover for THE PERFECT LOVE SONG, by the talented NYT bestselling author, storyteller, and one of my favorites—Patti Callahan Henry.

"The truth inside the story is what the storyteller aims for." —Maeve Mahoney to Kara Larson

Can one song save a life?

Meet Jimmy and Jack and Kara and Charlotte. A beautiful journey of music, lost love, myth, and a Christmas miracle or two. An inspiring novel of love, music, hope, and redemption.

Elegantly packaged, the hardcover copy is stunning! My top Holiday book for 2019. 🌲 If you missed this story the first time around, here is your chance to read a moving holiday Christmas story. Who says you cannot experience Christmas in October?

A perfect gift 🧧 for the upcoming holidays. 🎁 Available in e-book, hardcover, audiobook, and audio CD formats.

Bonus Content ❄ Included:

  • Shortbread Recipe (yum)

  • Charlotte's Southern Garland (a must)

  • The Legend of the Claddagh Ring (very intriguing)

  • The Story Behind the Story (a given for Patti)

  • Discussion Questions (ideal for book clubs) and

  • An excerpt from the bestselling novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis (a must-read)

If you have not read Becoming Mrs. Lewis highly recommend. It is beautifully written, meticulously researched, and fascinating. You will enjoy Patti's journey with Joy!

View my Q&A with the Author Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

There is a lot packed in this small gift and assured to get you in the holiday spirit! 🌲 A gem.

If you love Ireland, Christmas holidays, the Low Country, magical love stories, music, and legends of the past, this one is for you. Patti is a master storyteller and she does not disappoint. There is always a "story behind the story."

THE PERFECT LOVE SONG has all the makings for a Hallmark Christmas series! For fans of the TV series, "Chesapeake Shores" and book series by another favorite author, Sherryl Woods. You will even find the Irish connection (similar to the O'Brien family) and the music (similar to Jesse Metcalfe/Trace Riley). Swoon!

Highly Recommend!

"May stillness be upon your thoughts and silence upon your tongue! For I tell you a tale that was told at the beginning . . . the one story worth the telling." —A Traditional Irish Storyteller's opening

Check out Patti's The Perfect Love Song web page.

If you have not listened to Patti's new "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast," you can listen and download the episodes HERE! One of the BEST!

A special thank you to Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins and NetGalley for a digital ARC.

The Perfect Love Song


"Patti Callahan Henry is quickly becoming one of my favorites." —Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author ​

“This charming and romantic novel by the author of Driftwood Summer and Between the Tides will appeal to women’s fiction fans and romance readers.”

—Library Journal (starred review), featured in Short Takes: Holiday Fiction; What’s in Santa’s Bag!

“Her characters are so real, you feel as if you’ve known them a very long time.”

— Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed

“The Perfect Love Song has …to do with choices in life and relationships. The story is sweet … it is a pleasant read to pass an evening on and a quick read…”

—Romantic Times

“I fell in love with both Patti Callahan Henry and her work. The Perfect Love Song is a lyrical and heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness. Patti takes you to those places in the heart you didn’t even know you wanted to go.”

—Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad

“This heartwarming story of love and pain is written in narrative, as though the reader is outside looking in. Irish proverbs supplement the beginning of several chapters, adding to a mystical touch in the writing. Each of the complex characters work together to create a cohesive whole, much like pieces to a puzzle. Vivid descriptions of the Southern country where the brothers grew up as well as the lush Irish geography really help place the reader right in the story.”

—New York Journal of Books

“Patti Callahan Henry’s The Perfect Love Song is a wonderfully romantic and inspiring novel about love and redemption that sings with emotional truth. An essential read by a master storyteller.”

—Cassandra King, author of Same Sweet Girls


About the Author

Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the (Historical Fiction), BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Now a USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly, and The Globe and Mail bestseller. (writing as Patti Callahan).

The author is also the host of the upcoming seven-part original "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series" launching October 1, 2019.

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, (Contemporary Southern Fiction) June 4, 2019, and THE PERFECT LOVE SONG—A Christmas Holiday novella released October 8, 2019, are available now.

A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Read More

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