Love Me Tender is a fun, light-hearted peek into the world of the 50's set in and around Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe. Debbie Carmichael's family business is in jeopardy when her father's health deteriorates. Debbie comes up with her own plan of saving the family business and all seemed to be going well when divine providence had other ideas. But all is not lost - quite the contrary! Enter Johnny Hartman, a young man from Kansas with a gift of singing and an uncompromising faith, who is well on his way to becoming the next teen star.
Janice Hanna's story took me back to a time when meeting such stars as Elvis, James Darren, or Ricky Nelson was just a dream away and all things were possible. I was caught up in the love story of Johnny and Debbie from that first glance to the first kiss that caused hearts to race.
You will be swept up in the emotions of star-struck teeny-boppers and young lovers in love. A delightfully refreshing read!
I remember poodle skirts and saddle shoes, pony tails and bobby socks. So this book took me back a few years. And I enjoyed the trip. I am happy with this new line from Summerside press with stories from the 50's 60's and even the 70's. For me that is the good old days.
I was impressed with Debbie Carmichael's spunk and determination to save the family business, Sweet Sal's Soda Shop. When her first plan fell through she found plane B.
Get ready for a journey of nostalgia, complete with bebop, poodle skirts, and surfers, as Hanna dishes up a delightful story set in the 1957. I love the way each chapter starts out with a news article from a teen magazine, with columnists like Cinema Cindy and Hepcat Harry. Hanna stays true to the era and delivers a rollicking good love story set to the beat of rock 'n' roll. Novel Journey and I highly recommend it.
I am pretty generous person with reviews. This is the first time I am giving a book two stars. I wondered if I had accidentally stumbled across a book that was considered preteen, yet I can't find any such recommendation. I skipped many pages in this book just to finish it. The two main characters barely spent any time together, yet they fell in love? It didn't hold my interest at all and I was annoyed at the money I spent. I'm sorry, but I don't recommend this book if you are a mature woman. Maybe if you want to relive the fabulous 50's you might smile a bit, but this was not for me.
I love the concept of this new series by Summerside Press. Each book is set in a different music period and the music of that time plays a central character in the story. I believe this is the first one and it struck a chord with me because it is set in my favorite musical time - the 50's - love it! Janice does an amazing job of making the music an important part of the story and I loved the waves of nostalgia as I read it. The jukebox in the diner makes a fun addition as the songs change when people are having conversations and the titles usually have some commentary on the conversation - too fun! The characters are fun, Debbie and Johnny are great, I expected to hate Bobby but he turns out to be a good guy and then Becky Ann and her little friends add the groupie feel that is needed when you are writing about heartthrobs. The storyline itself is a little simplistic, not in a bad way - the style is reminiscient of Wanda Brunstetter, but it is different from the other books by Janice I've read. Nothing is left for the reader to figure out, everything is stated for us very clearly. But that also means that I can see this as a book I can have my daughter read and I think she would love it to. For me this was a wonderful walk in a nostalgic park that I would visit again.
This author has an amazing gift. She is able to deliver a clean, but very romantic story every time. Her characters are endearing, but realistic, yet her stories are soft and tender. That's the best way to describe her books. Tender romances that will make your heart pound.I couldn't help smiling as I read this book. The chapter beginnings where they quoted the Hollywood Heartthrob magazine was cute, too. In fact, I ended up reading little snippets of the story to my husband, who found them funny, too. Like...they say that soon we'll be paying 5 cents for a gallon of gas (hehehe...my husband remembers that and yes, he was a young teen in the late 50s) and he remembered minimum wage went up to a dollar. Seriously. One secondary character I also fell in love with was the agent's son. He was so cute in his many attempts to get his dad to represent him in the biz and land him a sweet role on television or in a movie. Hilarious! Every single scene where he piped in was adorable. I also found his motivation particularly touching, especially when he shared that with Johnny.Speaking of Johnny, he was the ultimate hero. He reminded me of the character DJ in the author's other series when it came to his love for Jesus. They were similar, yet different. Same with Bobby Conrad. I loved getting to know these characters and how the author showed they were human, too, making all the starry-eyed girls seem a bit over the top, but it fit the story. Anyway, I adored this story and as is typical every time I read this author's romances, I sighed with pleasure. She has a unique voice in romance and it's one that I can't get enough of.