Friday 25 March 2022

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson #RunRoseRun @DollyParton @JP_Books @centurybooksuk @charlottebush2 #BookReview



She's a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.

She's also on the run.

Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny.

It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her. And destroy her . . .

RUN ROSE RUN: a story glittering with danger and desire.

Also available: an album of 12 original Dolly Parton songs made for the novel!

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson was published in hardback on 7 March 2022 by Century. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

It has been a long long time since I read anything by James Patterson, but what woman could fail to be intrigued by a novel co-authored by the one and only Dolly Parton?  I have been a fan of hers since I was a child, my parents were massive country music fans and I spent my childhood singing along to Dolly in the back of my Dad's Vauxhall Victor. Happy times! 

Run Rose Run is a simple and easy read, it's an entertaining romp that takes the reader to the seedier side of Nashville. Away from the bright lights, the glitter and the rhinestones, we follow young Annie Lee Keyes as she leaves home, hitching a ride to Nashville. Annie Lee is determined to make it big, she's been singing and writing songs for ever. Music and singing is her life, and she has talent. 

It's not an easy journey. A young girl alone can be vulnerable. However, AnnieLee is tougher than she looks, and soon shows who is boss. 

This is a typical poor girl gets rich story. Packed with entertaining and colourful characters who all play a huge part in the story. There's an element of mystery interweaved through the story, and I guess this is more Patterson's input than Parton's. To be honest, this was the weakest part of the tale for me and I found the insight into the workings of the music business to be more much more entertaining than the mystery of why AnnieLee, or Rose, as we discover she's really called is running. 

With an album of songs to accompany the book, this is pure Dolly. I couldn't help but imagine that Dolly IS AnnieLee, and I have no doubt that she has used her years of knowledge and experience in the business to influence the story.

It's great fun, keeps the reader engaged and I am sure will be a huge success for this partnership.

Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, producer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. 

The composer of over 3,000 songs, she has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and given away millions of books to children through her nonprofit, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Librar

Twitter @DollyParton

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. 

He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Twitter @JP_Books

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