Small Town Sonata (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Small Town Sonata (Dreamspun Desires Book 87)
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 6th 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 260
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Can the trusted town handyman rebuild a broken pianist’s heart? When a freak accident ends Aiden’s career as a world-renowned classical pianist, he retreats to his New Hampshire hometown, where he finds the boy he liked growing up is even more appealing as a man. Dean Cooper’s life as handyman to the people of Springhaven might not be glamorous, but he’s well-liked and happy. When Aiden drifts back into town, Dean is surprised to find the bond between them as strong as ever. But Aiden is distraught over the loss of his career and determined to get back on the international stage. Seventeen years ago Dean made a sacrifice and let Aiden walk away. Now, with their romance rekindling, he knows he’ll have to make the sacrifice all over again. This time it may be more than he can bear.

A lovely second chance read.

Aiden was meant for great things. He’d grown up with the gift of music and playing piano was all he’d ever wanted. He’d left his small New Hampshire town and sort of boyfriend, Dean, for a chance to make his mark on the world. And he did it. Traveling the world with the symphony, he had it all until an accident left him in pain and unable to perform for long stretches.

Dean wanted only the best for the love of his life, so he let him go all those years ago. Sure, there’d been others since. But no one compared to Aiden. And now, 17 years later, he’s back. And about to leave Dean for another shot at fame.

Oh, this story squeezed my heart. Dean was so freaking selfless! I loved him so much. He was tough when he needed to be, but so soft and supportive. And I loved how he always put Aiden in his place by calling him “idiot”.

Frankly, I really enjoyed this book. There wasn’t really anything I didn’t enjoy. I just wished it had a bit of their past relationship. I would have loved to see them together then.

Well worth the read and charming!

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Galley copy of Small Town Sonata provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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