Rhythm and Bluegrass: Bonnie Turkle and Will McBride
Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.
I adore Molly Harper she writes such fun characters. Bonnie is a wide eyed, optimistic the glass is always full sort of girl. She is cheerful and always thinks that a situation can be fixed. When she arrived in Mud Creek she didn’t expect to find a dying town and an irresistible new mayor with a real problem on how to save his town and a real grudge against the music hall. For Bonnie this town is one disaster after another but for some reason the town, the music hall and especially the mayor start to get under her skin. Will is the new town mayor, he’s lived his whole life in this city and if he doesn’t do something and fast there might not be much left of his town. To Will the music hall represents an absentee father and a money pit. He has no issues if the music hall was to disappear.
This is a funny, quirky story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Bonnie and Will had a sizzling chemistry but differing outlooks on the town. Bonnie wants to save the music hall and Will doesn’t. The antics that ensue are highly entertaining as Will and Bonnie circle each other. They each take stabs at each other as they try to save the town. The people of the town are also quite entertaining and add to the overall story. I love when the author creates quirky towns and towns member it breathes life into the story and adds a rich backdrop for the main characters to play in. In true Molly Harper fashion we are left with a fun story that is sure to have you laugh. I know I was not disappointed and look forward to the next story she has to tell.
*This book was provided to me through Edelweiss for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.