“Dorothy leaned in, her velvety lips touching mine. Our kisses were deep, Dorothy cradling me in her arms. The hem of her silky nightgown trailed against my legs, her bare calf rubbing against my skin.”
It’s the summer of 1958 and amateur guitarist/songwriter Alice Johnson feels like a stranger in her small Southern town. Everyone knows her business and is pushing her to settle down and marry like all young women are supposed to do. Only Alice’s love of music provides an escape from the stifling expectations of family and society.
One night, Alice hears the mesmerizing voice of up-and-coming country singer Dorothy Long and is immediately entranced. Dorothy becomes Alice’s muse, inspiring her to write songs for Dorothy—even though she never imagines that Dorothy will hear them. But then she meets one of Dorothy’s band members who takes a liking to her and brings her to Dorothy’s room for an impromptu audition.
Dorothy is so impressed by Alice’s talent that she invites her to join the band. And Alice is so overcome by Dorothy’s talent and beauty that she says “Yes” in a heartbeat. Alice is soon caught up in the whirlwind of a tour—and the unexpected desires she feels sharing a hotel room with her idol.
Alice believes that “music be the food of love.” But is Alice setting herself up for a feast—or a famine?
Bella’s Bette Hawkins is the popular author of Like a Book and No More Pretending.
|Publication Date||July 15, 2019|