ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions
Author: V. Joy Palmer
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Release Date: November 16th, 2020
Genre: Christian Romance
Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have all moved out, married, or are in the process of matrimony. Meanwhile, she’s lost another job, and her daily diet consists of noodles that are better suited as packing material.
Then Kaylee’s ex, Gabe Sanders, enters the equation.
Gabe walked out on Kaylee without warning or explanation nine years earlier, but now he’s been brought back to the area for the unforeseen future. And he’s in need of new lead vocalist for his wedding band.
A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures, and Kaylee reluctantly accepts Gabe’s offer. While the former couple works together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, secrets and the need for forgiveness highlight the strife between them…and the hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story.
I am so excited to have V. Joy Palmer on our blog! Ms. Palmer is here to talk to us about her writing process.
V. Joy Palmer: I’m what they call a pantser.
If you’re not familiar with the writing world, the above statement might have given your
eyebrows a jumpstart to the moon. Don’t be freaked out; it’s nothing weird. It simply means that
I prefer to write by the seat of my pants because the thought of storyboards, outlines, and
extraneous plotting gives me hives. In fact, these things often slow down my writing process.
That’s not to say I don’t plot anything. I have a loose idea of the story, the conflict, and the
themes. From that swirling mass of chaos inside my head, I form a basic summary. Sometimes I
even make a list of potential scenes to help me as I brainstorm getting from one plot point to the
However, I’ve already started writing before I’ve finished any of the above steps. At my core,
writing is how I brainstorm, get to know my characters, and discover the heart of the story.
Of course, the pantser approach can cause some problems…
Have you ever heard half-crazed laughter in the distance? You didn’t imagine it. That was me, an
enraged, overly anxious, and under-caffeinated (though friends and family may argue against
that claim) author who just wants her characters to cooperate for once!
But it’s out of this place of intense frustration that my favorite part of the writing process
emerges – and in my mind, there are twinkle lights, music, and brownies in the background.
It’s that moment when that mysterious key clicks into place and everything I’ve been fighting
about with my characters (as I fantasize about dosing my manuscript with kerosene) finally
makes sense. Everything comes together, and my characters can rest easy as I’m no longer
plotting a murderous ending to their story. Their actions, their motivations, and their heartache is
fully revealed, making their personal victories and swoony ending even more worthy of a
brownie in my eyes! There’s nothing quite like getting to experience the unfolding story in the
same way as my future readers while also being the one to write that story. In that glorious
moment, I am both writer and reader, and that moment is my favorite.
Thank you so much for hosting me!
I have been waiting to read this book and it was so good! Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions is the third book in V. Joy Palmer’s series. Although I hadn’t read the first two books, I loved Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions! It is the first book that I have read written by Joy V. Palmer and I now want to read all of her books.
Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have married or in the process of getting married, and to make matters worse she’s lost another job. However, things get worse when her ex, Gabe Sanders, walks back into her life. Gabe left Kaylee without warning of explanation, but now he is back in the area for the unforeseen future. He’s now in the need of a new vocalist for his wedding band. A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures and Kaylee finds herself part of Gabe’s band. As Gabe and Kaylee work together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, they will need to work through secrets hidden in the past and hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story.
Kaylee was such a fun character! I loved her dialogue, I think that it made her so unique. She was introverted so it was hard for her to make friends, but she tried her best. I thought it was so cool how she loved Lord of the Rings, she mentioned it a lot. It was her little thing. She was an amazing singer and I loved her development as a character. She learned to forgive and to trust God.
I liked Gabe from the beginning. He was a nice guy and he truly cared for Kaylee. However, it was so frustrating to see him pushing Kaylee away. I thought that he was sweet, I especially liked how much he cared for his mom. He wanted to be better than his dad, but he felt like he was a failure. I felt bad for him, he was so caught up in his sin that he didn’t know how to trust God. Gabe had to learn how to forgive himself and put aside his chains, learning to give it all to God.
I liked reading about Kaylee and Gabe together. They were cute because they knew each other so well. I wanted them to get back together so badly, but I also knew that they had to work through their past secrets first. Kaylee’s friends were so sweet and I loved their relationship. Gabe’s band mates were hilarious but Natalya was so frustrating.
This was a great book! I loved the characters and I was intrigued by the plot. I couldn’t put it down, I read it in one day. I would definitely recommend Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions! This is a relatively clean Christian book, Gabe had some past sins that left a mark on him but it was only mentioned.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.
About the Author:
V. Joy Palmer loves to write romantic and comedic stories that proclaim God’s deep love for us. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an avid blogger. In her spare time, Joy loves to sing (especially Disney songs), drink large quantities of coffee, and take flowery photos for Bookstagram. When Joy isn’t fighting with fictional people, she’s hanging out with her husband and their adorable little girl. Connect with Joy via http://www.vjoypalmer.com!