Review: Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie

Title: Songs in Ursa Major

Author: Emma Brodie

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Behind every greatest hit, is an even greater love story.

The summer of 1969

From the moment Jane Quinn steps barefoot onto the main stage at Island Folk festival, her golden hair glinting, her voice soaring into the summer dusk, a star is born – and so is a passionate love story.

Jane’s band hits the road with none other than Jesse Reid, the musician whose bright blue eyes are setting hearts alight everywhere. And as the summer streaks by in a haze of crowds, wild nights and magenta sunsets, Jane is pulled into the orbit of Jesse’s star.

But Jesse’s rise could mean Jane’s fall. And when she discovers a dark secret beneath his music, she picks up her guitar and writes her heartache into the album that could make or break her: Songs in Ursa Major.

Set against the heady haze of the 70s and alive with music, sex and sun-soaked hedonism, SONGS IN URSA MAJOR is an unforgettable debut and the soundtrack to a love story like no other.

The Review

Jane Quinn and Jessie Reid are the rock star couple that should be together but can’t seem to make it work. Jane is new on the music scene – musically gifted but unwilling to play the game in a male dominated music industry. Jessie is the world weary rock star who has become jaded by his whirlwind success. But what they both have in common is their love for music.

I really enjoyed Songs in Ursa Major. It was a mix between Almost Famous and Daisy Jones and the Six. Songs with a music base hook me straight away and this book felt far too short. In fact, Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie is the kind of novel that makes you feel nostalgia for a time and place that you never visited.

One of my favourite books of the year so far.

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