I am a huge fan of the fifties and really enjoyed Janice Hanna’s Love Me Tender.
This book made me want to read her entire “When I Fall In Love” series which will have titles focused on the 1920’s all the way through to the 1970’s. Each book in the series will share the title of a familiar love song. By 2011, Janice should have six books in this series.
Love Me Tender takes you back to the good old days of “be-bop”, malt shops, saddle shoes and great music playing on the juke box. Young girls pining over the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Pat Boone and young men wishing they were James Dean or Bobby Darin.
This is the fictional story of "nice guy" Johnny Hartman’s journey from the Midwest to Hollywood heartthrob, where he’s discovered by an agent and groomed to be the next hot singing sensation. While working on his up and coming career, he’s asked to help out with a fundraiser for a local soda shoppe in Laguna Beach, California, owned by the Carmichael family.
20 year old Debbie Carmichael, comes up with the idea of the fundraiser to help save her family’s business, after they are burdened with the debt of medical bills from her father’s unexpected heart attack. Behind on their mortgage, the Carmichael family worries about losing Sweet Sal’s Soda Shoppe. In an effort to pull the community together and save the business, Debbie organizes a benefit concert and lines up the very popular teen icon, Bobby Conrad to perform. After advertising the concert and rallying community interest, Bobby backs out of doing the concert just weeks before the big event, due to his overloaded schedule.
Johnny comes to the rescue in more ways than one, and ends up falling for Debbie in the process. He writes his debut love song “Dear Debbie”, inspired by the girl who’s captured his heart. Will Debbie feel the same about him? Or will he be overshadowed by Bobby Conrad, the guy every girl is talking about?
Pick up a copy of Love Me Tender and settle in for a sweet, heart-warming read.
Thanks to Janice Hanna and Summerside Press for providing me with a free review copy of this book.