Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Music City

Availability: Ready to download

Homeless, mistreated and tired of making up the difference for her alcoholic mother, a fifteen year old girl from the foothills of North Carolina leaves home with no destination in mind—she just wants to get away from the crushing burden of abuse and unwanted responsibility. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, she finds herself in Nashville, Tennessee with a place to liv Homeless, mistreated and tired of making up the difference for her alcoholic mother, a fifteen year old girl from the foothills of North Carolina leaves home with no destination in mind—she just wants to get away from the crushing burden of abuse and unwanted responsibility. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, she finds herself in Nashville, Tennessee with a place to live and a job at a local café. In Nashville she feels safe and content for the first time in her life. She develops a sense of belonging at the café, and her co-workers and customers become the family she never had. Trent Shepard is one of the regulars at the café and he is fascinated by this young girl, never suspecting that one day she will change his life completely—both as a music mogul and as a man. Twenty-five years later, two young detectives arrive in Nashville for much the same reason— to escape a repressive past, and start a new future. Little do they know when they open their doors for business that one of their first clients will be the reigning Queen of Nashville, one of Nashville's long standing mega stars who places her past in their hands, and trusts them to keep her secrets.


Compare
Ads Banner

Homeless, mistreated and tired of making up the difference for her alcoholic mother, a fifteen year old girl from the foothills of North Carolina leaves home with no destination in mind—she just wants to get away from the crushing burden of abuse and unwanted responsibility. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, she finds herself in Nashville, Tennessee with a place to liv Homeless, mistreated and tired of making up the difference for her alcoholic mother, a fifteen year old girl from the foothills of North Carolina leaves home with no destination in mind—she just wants to get away from the crushing burden of abuse and unwanted responsibility. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, she finds herself in Nashville, Tennessee with a place to live and a job at a local café. In Nashville she feels safe and content for the first time in her life. She develops a sense of belonging at the café, and her co-workers and customers become the family she never had. Trent Shepard is one of the regulars at the café and he is fascinated by this young girl, never suspecting that one day she will change his life completely—both as a music mogul and as a man. Twenty-five years later, two young detectives arrive in Nashville for much the same reason— to escape a repressive past, and start a new future. Little do they know when they open their doors for business that one of their first clients will be the reigning Queen of Nashville, one of Nashville's long standing mega stars who places her past in their hands, and trusts them to keep her secrets.

30 review for Music City

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    Shelly Shepard, a Nashville Star, now looks back on her life and her beginnings. A runaway from an abusive drunk mother, having left behind her younger siblings in the middle of the night at the age of fifteen, the kind stranger that took her right into Nashville, got her a job, and a place to live. She has so much to be thankful for and wants to give back and find the person that changed her life forever. Derek and Alex are detectives that have their own painful pasts that have lead them to solv Shelly Shepard, a Nashville Star, now looks back on her life and her beginnings. A runaway from an abusive drunk mother, having left behind her younger siblings in the middle of the night at the age of fifteen, the kind stranger that took her right into Nashville, got her a job, and a place to live. She has so much to be thankful for and wants to give back and find the person that changed her life forever. Derek and Alex are detectives that have their own painful pasts that have lead them to solving mysteries. Fate takes a hand, when hiring a male secretary leads them to their biggest and most famous client, his mother, Shelly Shepard. She gives them more workload and secrets and sins than most families have ever needed to work out. But that angel from the past might be the angel she needs for her future, if they can find him. A book filled with twists and turns, secrets and lies, shows the ugly the lives within some and the good in others, and how not always are people all one or the other. I was surprised to find that this was a debut novel, for the complex storyline and the depth of emotions for some of the character development speaks of a seasoned writer. This is one to enjoy and focus on over a weekend, it also has a nice message that will stick with you long after you have turned the last page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Amo

    More Plot Twists than an Episode of Dallas! But I LOVED IT! Every once in awhile I find a book that makes me a fan for life! Music City was just such a novel. From the very beginning I was absorbed into Shelly Shepard’s world. Her painful past, and the turn of events, that change her life with one choice. I especially loved Shelly’s straight talking no nonsense approach to trouble, while at the same time allowing the character to be loveable too. Leona Bryant has style of writing that allows you More Plot Twists than an Episode of Dallas! But I LOVED IT! Every once in awhile I find a book that makes me a fan for life! Music City was just such a novel. From the very beginning I was absorbed into Shelly Shepard’s world. Her painful past, and the turn of events, that change her life with one choice. I especially loved Shelly’s straight talking no nonsense approach to trouble, while at the same time allowing the character to be loveable too. Leona Bryant has style of writing that allows you to connect to her characters immediately while providing rich details that leave the reader wanting more. A page-turner to be sure! I liked this book on so many levels. When I began reading this, I expected one book but got another. I wish more writers had this kind of talent to tell a story with such a strong narrative. I was so into the story, I kept telling myself…just one more chapter! I can’t wait for more books from this very gifted author. 5 Stars!

  3. 5 out of 5

    O.M. Faye

    Okay, I'm not just saying this because someone asked me to. I really really enjoyed reading Music City. Leona Bryant, you amazing author you, keep it up! The hard work that you put into penning this tale really shows. The relationships shine and the music in the background intrigues. I will absolutely be recommending Music City to everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    It was my pleasure to have received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Shelly Shepard, a genuine country music star, with fame, fortune, two great adult children, and the admiration of just about everyone who knows her, wants to find the man who essentially made her future possible when he helped her one night years earlier. At age fifteen, she left her abusive mother and set out on her own, when a truck driver named Tom gave her a ride to Nashville from her home town in North Carolina. Once in N It was my pleasure to have received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Shelly Shepard, a genuine country music star, with fame, fortune, two great adult children, and the admiration of just about everyone who knows her, wants to find the man who essentially made her future possible when he helped her one night years earlier. At age fifteen, she left her abusive mother and set out on her own, when a truck driver named Tom gave her a ride to Nashville from her home town in North Carolina. Once in Nashville, he introduced her to the staff at his favorite diner, who gave her a job and a place to live. While working there, she meets one of the "regulars," a man named Trent Shepard, and eventually they marry, and Trent helps her to become a recording superstar. Shelly's story becomes complicated, with both good and bad surprises, when she hires a pair of private detectives to help her find her truck driving benefactor. What they uncover changes her life forever, in ways she could never have imagined. Author Leona Bryant has brought Shelly to life in a very realistic way, despite the almost inconceivable plot twists. Shelly and her children, son Tracy and daughter Savannah (Vani), are unspoiled by her fame and success: Shelly shares her good fortune by assisting up and coming singers, Tracy works as an office manager for the private detectives helping Shelly, and Vani has gone through law school and functions as her mother's agent. Their characters are very well developed, as are those of the detectives, and it is nearly impossible to dislike an of them. That fact, the essential appeal of all of the main characters, makes this a very enjoyable read. Early in the book, I found a few things that are usually warning signs to me of a book I will not like at all. One example: a description of Tracy as being "mind-numbingly handsome." When I read that, I feared that this book was going to descend into overwrought clichés and sappy romantic swooning. I was pleased to find it did no such thing, and there were no more such silly phrases to be found. A couple of editing notes: The back cover identifies the regular customer of the diner as Mitch Shepard, while in the book, his name is Trent, not Mitch. Also, on page 255, the truck driver who took Shelly to Nashville is called "Bob," while we know him to be Tom. I found this to be a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys stories of people overcoming adversities and remaining unspoiled by their success, stories of families lost, and then found again, or any kind of feel-good story with a truly likeable heroine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meerfantom

    Leona Bryant really captured the essence of the underdog who invokes our sympathies and makes us feel like we are journeying beside her. It's a long book for the the hours that I read it I actually forgot I was reading - the immersion was so powerful and touching. A young girl (Shelly) leaves a life of abuse and ventures into the unknown to start a new life for herself. She learns things are harder on your own than she thought she could handle, but fortunately a mysterious man helps her along he Leona Bryant really captured the essence of the underdog who invokes our sympathies and makes us feel like we are journeying beside her. It's a long book for the the hours that I read it I actually forgot I was reading - the immersion was so powerful and touching. A young girl (Shelly) leaves a life of abuse and ventures into the unknown to start a new life for herself. She learns things are harder on your own than she thought she could handle, but fortunately a mysterious man helps her along her path from rags to riches. Many years later she wonders... what happened to that man and who was he? That mystery is then embarked upon by two detectives. I find this mystery intriguing because it is a thought I've had about people in my life who impacted my destiny. There was a professor 15 years ago who saved my life, but I lost contact with him and he simply vanished. I think everyone has a example like this and it touched me. It is a story that appeals to real life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Leona Bryant's book, Music City, is an extraordinary story. The tale of an abused child who becomes a Nashville super star is so engrossing that I couldn't stop reading or thinking about it (when I couldn't be reading). The author creates characters that are so compelling that you care about them and want them to find happiness. Her ability to intertwine several stories was impressive. The book is well plotted and extremely satisfying. She had a plot twist that took me completely by surprise. Th Leona Bryant's book, Music City, is an extraordinary story. The tale of an abused child who becomes a Nashville super star is so engrossing that I couldn't stop reading or thinking about it (when I couldn't be reading). The author creates characters that are so compelling that you care about them and want them to find happiness. Her ability to intertwine several stories was impressive. The book is well plotted and extremely satisfying. She had a plot twist that took me completely by surprise. This story touched me. It had me alternately smiling and crying. I'm look forward to read more by this author. I loved Music City!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Pestell

    A surprise package inside! I expected this book to focus on Nashville and the country music scene, but it delivered much, much more. An interesting story of family shenanigans, some nifty detective work and interesting observations on family and love.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna del C. Dye

    I read the back blurb of Music City by Leona Bryant and became intrigued by it. I started to read and I couldn’t set it down. I stayed up until past my bed time to read it in one day. It is a great tale, an awesome romance and a well written story. It has many details that will bring the book to memory well after you have finished it. A young girl, Shelly, leaves her mother and siblings at fifteen after being abused one too many times by her mother. Naïve and lucky, she finds a trucker who is tak I read the back blurb of Music City by Leona Bryant and became intrigued by it. I started to read and I couldn’t set it down. I stayed up until past my bed time to read it in one day. It is a great tale, an awesome romance and a well written story. It has many details that will bring the book to memory well after you have finished it. A young girl, Shelly, leaves her mother and siblings at fifteen after being abused one too many times by her mother. Naïve and lucky, she finds a trucker who is taken by her likeness to his own daughter. He is going to Nashville and takes her there. He gets her a job in the restaurant where he leaves her, with a great lady for a roommate. While in this place, she meets music mogul, Trent Shepard. He has a crush on her, but he waits until she turns 18 to declare his feelings for her. When he discovers that she loves him too, he asks her to marry him. They become the parents of a girl and a boy. This book touches on her past life and the changes and mysteries that open up after she is contacted by her sister’s husband, a good for nothing who wants money from Shelly, now a multi-billionaire music celebrity herself. This book has mysteries, crime, strong characters and detective that plays a great role in the story. I enjoyed the book so much I could not stop reading it. It is clean and wholesome and it should be well received by many readers, from young adults to adults alike.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    After having the pleasure of reading “Miller’s Island” I just had to fuel my obsession with this authors work by diving into “Music City”. This unique heartfelt tale produced riveting plots that combined to piece together a masterpiece. Shelly didn’t let her abusive past define her but it unexpectedly catches up with her, determined to protect her family & their reputation she hires private investigators Derek & Alex. They uncover unsavory mysteries from her past while trying to keep any details After having the pleasure of reading “Miller’s Island” I just had to fuel my obsession with this authors work by diving into “Music City”. This unique heartfelt tale produced riveting plots that combined to piece together a masterpiece. Shelly didn’t let her abusive past define her but it unexpectedly catches up with her, determined to protect her family & their reputation she hires private investigators Derek & Alex. They uncover unsavory mysteries from her past while trying to keep any details leaking out into the limelight. The chain of events and the characters portrayed within are described with so much realism it played with my emotions and captivated my heart. There were times when I was reading, through cascading tears and I had become particularly fond of the diverse personalities such as Shelly, Thomas Bradshaw, Dorothy and oddly enough Maye Harris-Taylor. There were a number of surprising moments & twists throughout the tale that were absolutely priceless and the unconventional ending left me feeling content. I look forward to reading more from this incredible author and for anyone whose repertoire must include a compelling read than I highly suggest embracing both “Miller’s island” and “Music City”. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” –Helen Keller

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sally Balboa

    Music City was such a hopeful book, the way every chapter ended reminded me of the end to a fairy tale, and the author just has that kind of calming voice. I ended up really liking it, not because of the story or even the characters, but because of the way the author wrote it. With such inspiring insight on every page. Music City takes place in the Nashville, TN but it doesn’t end there, it reaches out into North Carolina, Alabama and a lot of other states in search of Shelly Shepard’s siblings. Music City was such a hopeful book, the way every chapter ended reminded me of the end to a fairy tale, and the author just has that kind of calming voice. I ended up really liking it, not because of the story or even the characters, but because of the way the author wrote it. With such inspiring insight on every page. Music City takes place in the Nashville, TN but it doesn’t end there, it reaches out into North Carolina, Alabama and a lot of other states in search of Shelly Shepard’s siblings. After all these years of being a famous singer and being lucky in everything she does she finally takes time to look for the family she left behind at 14, but what she finds out may be more then she can handle though. There were a few spelling errors throughout the story nothing too bad though. Also some of the characters and their actions and statements were a little unbelievable. I think the only character the author captures perfectly was Shelly; thankfully she’s the main character. This was such a cute novel, full of good advice and understanding at every corner. It was a feel good novel, and is great for a pick me up when you’re having a bad day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sally Balboa

    Music City was such a hopeful book, the way every chapter ended reminded me of the end to a fairy tale, and the author just has that kind of calming voice. I ended up really liking it, not because of the story or even the characters, but because of the way the author wrote it. With such inspiring insight on every page. Music City takes place in the Nashville, TN but it doesn’t end there, it reaches out into North Carolina, Alabama and a lot of other states in search of Shelly Shepard’s siblings. Music City was such a hopeful book, the way every chapter ended reminded me of the end to a fairy tale, and the author just has that kind of calming voice. I ended up really liking it, not because of the story or even the characters, but because of the way the author wrote it. With such inspiring insight on every page. Music City takes place in the Nashville, TN but it doesn’t end there, it reaches out into North Carolina, Alabama and a lot of other states in search of Shelly Shepard’s siblings. After all these years of being a famous singer and being lucky in everything she does she finally takes time to look for the family she left behind at 14, but what she finds out may be more then she can handle though. There were a few spelling errors throughout the story nothing too bad though. Also some of the characters and their actions and statements were a little unbelievable. I think the only character the author captures perfectly was Shelly; thankfully she’s the main character. This was such a cute novel, full of good advice and understanding at every corner. It was a feel good novel, and is great for a pick me up when you’re having a bad day.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rune

    This was horrendous. Set in a fictional environment, anyone who's ever had any workings with musicians and especially musicians in Nashville - will know that the perfect, blue-eyed look on life is so totally unreal it just gets annoying. EVERONE is just so good, perfect and nice. There is no competition, everyone in this fictional "Music City" is there to do good onto others. It's like the worst tv-soap ever made. There is no realism to any ... ANY of the happenings, and it reads like a 14 year This was horrendous. Set in a fictional environment, anyone who's ever had any workings with musicians and especially musicians in Nashville - will know that the perfect, blue-eyed look on life is so totally unreal it just gets annoying. EVERONE is just so good, perfect and nice. There is no competition, everyone in this fictional "Music City" is there to do good onto others. It's like the worst tv-soap ever made. There is no realism to any ... ANY of the happenings, and it reads like a 14 year olds rosy red dream. All it was missing was unicorns and a castle.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Larsen

    4.5 Stars Don't judge this book by its cover!! The cover does not do justice to this great book! Enchanting. Music city has a great plot and well developed characters. This book will captivate your heart and keep you turning pages. My only issue with this book is the cover. I fell in love with the plot and with Shelley. She managed to overcome incredible odds after leaving home before she turned fifteen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This wasn't a bad book at all but after reading the whole thing I feel like I never really knew much about the characters. You never find out anything about how Derek and Alex ' s wives were killed even though it's mentioned through out the book either. Characters were likeable and a decent storyline.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cathi

    I couldn't finish this. The writing is juvenile and it is soooooooo boring. I am glad that I didn't spend the 5.99 for it on kindle but I'm sorry I wasted my one Sept. prime library privilege borrowing this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Green

    Loved this one! The fact that I live in Nashville made it even better. The characters grab you and the plot will keep you turning pages way into the night. I'd like to see a sequel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tera Hines

    Music City was a alright book, wasn't one that I really got into. Also found it a little confusing jumping around from sence to sence. But I did finish it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I did not finish this. This was written in such a disjointed a circuitous way that I just could not stick with this to the end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Woodlief

    a must read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rose helg

    Good book It was not what I was expecting, but it was good. I really enjoy this book. Didn't like part of the ending. Shelley could have Fallin in love. Derek should :) ave stay.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peggib

  22. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia Watson

  24. 4 out of 5

    emily webster

  25. 5 out of 5

    Love TattBoys

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carole

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janice

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Jacobsen

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.