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My heart broke that night and my existence shattered.
After I forfeited my musical career to play daddy full-time, I’m trying to get my bearings back. One day at a time.
Until my best friend decides it’s time for me to go back on tour and start living again.
Enters Madison, a young nanny who loves my daughters as her own.
With her contagious optimism, she brings a breath of fresh air to our lives.
And to my heart.
But underneath her happy demeanor, Madison hides secrets of her own I’m about to discover.
With her by my side, can I go back to the top where I belong, and mostly, can I risk my heart a second time knowing that love comes with no guarantee?
Lonesome Heart is a standalone novel in the Love Song for Two series. It is part of the Carter Hills Band universe. It includes the books Fallen Legend and Rising Star.
*Due to mature subject, this book is only suitable for people over 18 years of age.
My nails dug trenches in my palms, drawing pinpricks of blood, but I would keep my composure.The lump in my larynx rubbed against the chaffed walls of my throat.
I reeled in some of my wrath and tried another approach. My voice a ragged whisper. But calmer this time.
Putting my pride to rest. And urging my sanity to stay in the game.
“Lisa, you can’t be serious. Listen, there must be something I can do. Can we talk about it first? And what about the kids? How am I going to explain it to them? We’ll get help. You can’t just leave like this.”
No emotions, rather not the ones I wished to see, crossed her hardened features. No I’m-having-second-thoughts. Or you-might-be-right-we’ll-get-help.
My wife had turned into a stony version of herself.
Hoping the pain would numb the one ripping my chest in two, I tugged the roots of my hair. How could I have been so clueless about the woman I’d been married to for the last four years?
She pushed another shirt into her bag, ignoring my words.
Maybe I could reach out to the mother inside her.
“Lisa, your leaving will fuck them up for the rest of their lives. Abandoning your own children, really? That’s not what motherhood is all about.” I halted and turned around to face the woman, who I thought I knew so well, zipping up her royal-blue suitcase. The one that had traveled around the world with us for years. Yeah, what a joke.
She raised her gaze finally, and I saw determination pass through her eyes this time. She wasn’t doubting her decision to walk away from us. Her family. I studied her for a minute, wishing I could see tears glistening somewhere in them. Or regret marring her features. But there were none.
She was done.
When did my wife harbor a rock in place of her heart?
“Is it about the miscarriages?” I asked, praying she’d say yes and that I could call her doctor and set up an appointment to discuss her psychological distress. “I know how difficult it’s been on you. But it’s been hard on me too. We can get through this. Together. We’re a good team. We love each other.”
Lisa sighed and shook her head, her eyes still showing no sign of hurt. Or sadness. Or anything. “That’s the thing, Sam. I don’t love you. I did. Once. But both miscarriages were eye-opening. I need to find myself. I’m twenty-eight. For the last six years, I’ve followed you around the globe. I liked that. For the last four, I’ve played wife and mommy. And I enjoyed it. At some point. But being a parent is your thing. We had babies because you wanted to be a daddy. I never asked to be a mother. In all honesty, I thought it’d grow on me.” She shrugged. “But it didn’t. I crave fresh air. To be free to do whatever I want. Whenever I want it. And being a parent isn’t just what I hoped it’d be. I’m sorry, but I’m over it.”
I blinked. What? Was she serious right now? She’s over it?
I was having one of those crippling nightmares that felt too much like reality. This was it. No woman in her right mind would say such horrible things about her own children. About her family.
My Adam’s apple bobbed, and bile rose in my throat. Tinted with disgust. And disdain.
My wife was delusional.
Who should I call to get her some help?
Could her state of mind be ruled a mental breakdown? Did she require psychiatric professionals? Or a vacation? She looked sane.
Lisa smiled at me as if quitting on us was just a daily occurrence and not something about to wreck our entire world.
My shoulders fell, and so did my heart. I inched closer when she moved to her feet.
“Can we talk about this? Please. You owe me that. We’ve been through so much together. Did you forget everything?” I asked, forcing my voice to sound even, trying my best to keep my anger under wraps.
She offered me another twist of her lips. She looked diabolical. Who was this woman? Where did my wife go?
“I owe you nothing, Sammy. The ride has been fun, but I’m not playing this family game anymore. I’m out. Oh, and I’ll send you the divorce papers in a week or two.”
My eyes sprang wider.
What the actual fuck.
This is the Lonesome Heart book from Emmanuelle Snow's collection.It came with a sticker and a hand-written note from the author.
The other items were a page holder and a tote bag.
A book that started with the fictional characters, but as the pages turned, the story wrapped the tendrils of its emotions around me and the characters turned real, facing life situations with their ups and downs.
Love happened when least between Sam and Maddie. An age gap forbidden romance between the nanny and her employer—a single dad with lovable daughters—with contrary personalities, along with an open-angled triangle
I loved Sam right from the first chapter as his love for his daughters was all-encompassing.
Maddie was an old soul who felt the core of life vividly and wanted different adventures to find the one place she belonged to.
And the daughters were the cutest, and as they traipsed through the pages, I felt they sprinkled fairy dust on me, making me long to bask in their innocence.
Though a romance in its barebones, it had many subplots where the characters had to look deep within themselves to get to the truth.
Sometimes life and fate didn't reveal their plans so easily, and the heart too was in a dilemma about what it wanted. Life was like that - messy and complicated sometimes, especially in love.
A slow burn it was, it unfurled the scenes of their life with many steamy scenes (how could a Snow book not have steam?) along with some scary ones where life and love hung by a fragile thread.
The art of storytelling of this author lay in pulling me into different directions without making me feel as if I was being abandoned, alone with my emotions. Ms. Snow could make anyone go through a range of emotions as her characters lay open their hearts.
A deep big sigh and a long stare into space, seeing everything but seeing nothing was what I felt when I finished the book. The only question raised in my mind was - What next? What would this author write about that would squeeze more emotions from my heart?
“Whether we want it or not, we’re tied together by some invisible thread neither of us can escape.”
Emmanuelle Snow has done it again! Legend and Country is an epic rockstar, single dad & the nanny romance. This powerful, heartwarming, slow-burn love story will break your heart on page one and slowly piece it back together. I live on the fence when it comes to age-gap romance; though nine years is not a big difference in the grand scheme, it all depends on the ages and seasons of life of the main characters. Though Maddie and Sam are in vastly different life stages, her life experiences, brilliance, and worldliness have shaped her into a dynamic character with a maturity beyond her twenty-one years. Sam’s recent devastation sent him on a path of robotic routine, his daughters the only joy in his life. Until he meets the effervescent, enchanting Maddie. Her beguiling, endearing, kindhearted nature brings light to his daughters’ lives and melts the icy walls around Sam’s heart. I loved Sam and Maddie’s sizzling chemistry and journey to their hard-fought HEA. Mikaella and Justine are darling kids who instantly steal Maddie’s heart. Emmanuelle threads music through each story of the Carter Hills Band series and I love every lyric! Legend and country is a heart-wrenching, refreshing, and lovely opposites attract, age-gap romance.
Formerly Legend and Country (Carter Hills Band 7), now part 2 of the Lonesome Heart Duet.
I absolutely adore Emmanuelle Snow - all of her books (I’ve read all 7 Carter Hills Band series now), and her as a person. She’s just so incredible! A brilliant author (amazing!), and such a kind and beautiful person.
Legend and Country - WOW! This one has so much depth, so many layers and emotions … so much going on here. It really needs all 580 pages for you to experience everything and heal along with the characters.
Sam, musician extraordinaire (nickname “Legend”, formerly friend of the Carter Hills Band, and who we know from previous books, a tiny bit), left the country music scene when his wife left him and his two very young daughters because being a wife and mom just wasn’t for her, leaving behind three broken people.
Fast forward two years, and Riley (manager), who we know and love from the previous books, tries to bring Sam back from the depths of depression and barely surviving, by getting him to think about getting back into music and touring again, with a nanny he’s heard of. Enter Madison… who changed everything, even though she’s had a hard life, and things continue being extremely difficult with twists that no one could have ever predicted (because every Emmanuelle Snow book has to have extreme circumstances that bring out all the tears, even for this non-emotional reader, and that’s just life)!!
It’s absolutely incredible, heart-wrenching, a tearjerker (get your tissues, chocolate and wine ready!), and you won’t want to put it down so make sure you have a really long block of time free. One of her absolute best, and one of the very best books around, and probably of this whole year (yeah, I know it’s only January)!
I received an advance review copy from the author, and this is my honest feedback.
Emmanuelle has a way of writing characters that are very relatable. I was so immersed in their story. I cried, laughed, got nervous, worried, and sad. All the emotions. Their story was absolutely beautiful. I can honestly say there is not one story or couple I love more than the other because they each have such strong and amazing stories in their own ways.
Emmanuelle writes such strong woman.