Thursday, February 9, 2023

EVERYTHING IS JUST BEGINNING by Erin Bartels, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I'm seeing more clearly than I ever have in my short and rather disappointing life, that maybe I'm meant for something . . . better."

Struggling song-writer-wanna-be Michael Sullivan makes an impulsive decision one New Year's Eve that changes the course of his life. Obviously he didn't know it then, but accepting an invitation to a party at the Wheeler home in his uncle's stead might open a lot of previously closed doors; the Wheeler family was as connected to the music world as connected could be. Like . . . really connected. Like . . . celebrity connected. What Michael never expected to find was Natalie.

" . . . the night I made it through the door of the Wheeler house. The night I first saw Natalie. Even if she didn't see me."

The depth of this story is exquisite, raw and remarkable. Turning a life around, struggling to discard everything in the past that served as a drag to potential, (but was comfortable because it was familiar) accepting help, trusting love, understanding the magnitude of forgiveness . . . wrapped up in a way that only music can convey, "Today ain't never been yesterday, And tomorrow is coming fast on its heels, I know it's easier when there's someone to blame, But they can't hold you back, you got feet made of wheels. No, they can't hold you back, you got feet . . . feet made of wheels." Intersection.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
An Immersive Story of Music, Struggle, and Starting Over from an Award-Winning Author

Michael Sullivan is a talented lyricist and a decent guitarist, but since he was kicked out of his band (and his apartment), he's not sure he'll ever get a record deal. Living with his loser uncle in a beat-up trailer and working a dead-end job, Michael has little reason to hope for a better future. Until the invitation for a swanky New Year's Eve party shows up in the mailbox. It's for his uncle, with whom he shares his name, but his uncle is going out of town . . .

On the effervescent night of December 31, 1989--as the Berlin Wall is coming down, the Soviet Union is inching toward democracy, and anything seems possible--Michael will cross paths with the accomplished and enigmatic young heir to a fading musical dynasty, forever altering both of their futures.

Award-winning novelist Erin Bartels enchants with this story of two lonely souls who have exactly what the other one needs--if they could simply turn their focus from what is ending to what is just beginning.

Revell Publishing, January, 2023
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