What a wonderful book!! Amanda Wen wrote a wonderful follow up to the first book in this series (The Sedgwick County Chronicles) Roots of Wood and Stone with her The Songs that Could Have Been. This story digs into so many relevant topics! First, racism in the 1950’s as they learn about their grandmother and her first true love. Second is eating disorders and counseling. Honestly, so heavy topics but they are dealt with so beautifully in this story!
Main character Lauren has gotten her life back together after a nasty breakup with her first love. She is an up and coming food blogger and starting to make a name for herself. Her brother and her help take care of their grandmother who is suffering with Alzheimers. When the two of them find out about this past love, through random comments from their grandmother they start to dig in and find out who this person is. The story goes back and forth from today to the 1950’s and we get to seeing into the Grandmother’s memories and past.
I loved the first book, and loved this one too! Reconnecting with Garrett, Lauren’s brother and main character from book #1, was fun as well. Garrett is the one who really helps Lauren work through her eating disorder when it rears its ugly head again in her life. The bond these two share is precious and so deep.
This is a great summer read, but really and anytime read. Redemption is always a theme I am happy to immerse myself into and The Songs that Could have Been is just that, a story of redemption, forgiveness and real love.
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