Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review – Everything is Just Beginning

Everything is Just Beginning

by Erin Bartels

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

My Thoughts

What an intriguing premise for a story!

These characters charmed me from the start. Well, I’m not sure if charmed is exactly the right word, but they definitely held my attention.

Michael is a down-on-luck kinda guy. He’s been in a band, and found himself kicked out of said band….but…he lives just across the street from the Wheeler family, who are big-time musicians, well, maybe he could get on the inside track from them…?!
That’s how the story begins.
Mike goes over to that rich side of the road, and meets Natalie Wheeler. And that’s when his life changes, for the better.
Mike and Natalie have an interesting relationship, made even more so because of the fact that she is blind.
This book is totally immersed in the world of music, such as it was back in the 90s. I loved all the little details about the music.
But, the story is about so much more than that.
It is about finding oneself. Learning to be ok with a backstory that seems so much less than ideal.
Learning about forgiveness, even when people don’t offer it back.
This story is rich with depths unseen unless you take the time to really ponder and look for those deep, hidden treasures.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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