Book Review: A SONG FOR JULIA by Charles Sheehan-Miles

February 3, 2013 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, Romance 0



Title: A Song for Julia (Thompson Sisters)

Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles

Publisher: Cincinnatus Press

Release Date: December 2, 2012


Rating: 5+ Stars


Everyone should have something to rebel against.

 Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

 Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

 When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.


 My Review:

Brilliant, heart-wrenching, and completely captivating, A Song for Julia is a poignant tale of love, family, healing and redemption.

Julia and Crank each have their own interesting story to tell, but put them together and it is the perfect storm. Intrigue, intense emotion, and undeniable chemistry define this unlikely couple. They are both relatable, multi-dimensional characters, complete with strengths, flaws, difficult pasts, and hopeful futures. The author uses both characters to narrate the story, transitioning seamlessly from one perspective to the other: quite a task when they each possess a completely unique voice.  Theirs is not an easy relationship: it is difficult, messy, and beautiful.

Crank and Julia’s story is not the only highlight of the book. They have lives outside their relationship. These sub-plots and the secondary cast of characters make the story rich and vibrant; the author brings to life the nuances of complicated families and friendships. These relationships are an integral part of the characters, adding another element to this already compelling story.

The truth is, I have trouble finding the words to properly describe how I feel about this book. I absolutely love it. It is why I read books. I was completely overcome by the intense emotion and left tearful and breathless at the conclusion. In Crank and Julia’s story, the author reminds us that sometimes an unlikely person becomes the most important person, the one who changes everything, the reason we are able to finally become who we are meant to be.


“ ‘I don’t want to be to be one of your conquests. I don’t want to be another fucking girl getting screwed- someone your bandmates say was a horrible scene the next morning.’

‘I like it when you say ‘fucking’.’

 I closed my eyes. ‘You’re impossible.’

 ‘That’s why you love me.’

 ‘I do not love you. I don’t even like you.’

 ‘You will,’ he said, his voice low and luscious. I could feel the vibration of that voice from my ears all the way down to my feet.

 ‘Maybe,’ I whispered. ‘But not tonight.’ “


*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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