Jo Lover grew up in a very small town in Virginia and is now a rising
country star living in Nashville. Not only is Jo a star, but she is living her
dream life. Engaged to her music producer Nick, who is also the son of
the owner of the Asphalt music company. Jo is keeping a very big
secret and hopes that it will never come out. Instead, she has made a
perfect, down-home, sweet image but writing heartfelt songs. Many of
those songs were inspired by her first love, J.D. Gunn. Years ago she
played in his band, and she never thought she'd see him again. Until
she finds out that Asphalt is going to merge with Capitol Records, the
same company that represents J.D. One of the conditions of the merger
requires that Jo and J.D. have to perform together. While J.D. is all for
this, as he has never gotten over Jo, she is not crazy about the idea.
Fate has other ideas because their duet goes viral.
The more these two are thrown together, it is harder for them to not
remember the good times and how much they were in love. Of course,
Nick is not at all happy with this arrangement. As much as Nick loves
Jo, he feels that he just can't compete with first love. While Jo is doing
an interview with Vanity Fair, the reporter is trying to get to the big
secret that Jo has been hiding. Jo cuts him off of the path. The
reporter will not give up and next, he tries to get the information out of
J.D. No matter how they both try and hide it, the secret does come out.
Jo can't accept the way her life is going and returns to her old
stomping grounds. Can Jo and J.D. find their way home?
Sarah Creech writes a story straight from the heart. Creech shows that
no matter how much money you have, it doesn't always bring
happiness. I am sure that situations like this do happen in the music
industry. I also like the fact that even though the secret did come out, it
really didn't cause as much damage as Jo thought. Throughout
THE WHOLE WAY HOME, Creech
has created side characters that are also very interesting, between a
former country star turned radio announcer, as well as many other
small country bands. I would like to see another book that follows up on
these other characters in this story.
A radiant talent on the brink of making it big in Nashville
must confront her small-town past and an old love she’s
never forgotten in this engaging novel—a soulful ballad
filled with romance, heartbreak, secrets, and scandal from
the author of Season of the Dragonflies.
Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the
charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to
become a one-name Nashville star like her idols, Loretta,
Reba, and Dolly. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully
crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from
small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.
But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her
independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records,
bringing Nashville heartthrob JD Gunn—her first love—back
into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. But they
parted ways, and took their own crooked roads to stardom.
Now Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.
When the label reunites them for a show, the old sparks fly,
the duet they sing goes viral, and fans begin clamoring for
more—igniting the media’s interest in the compelling singer.
Why is a small-town girl like Jo so quiet about her past?
When did she and JD first meet? What split them apart? All
too soon, the painful secret she’s been hiding is uncovered,
a shocking revelation that threatens to destroy her
reputation and her dreams. To salvage her life and her
career, Jo must finally face the past—and her feelings for
JD—to become the true Nashville diva she was meant to be.