#RunRoseRun by #DollyParton and #JamesPatterson #March2022 #NewRelease #BookReview #AudiobookReview

From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller – a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story. 

She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. 

She’s also on the run. Find a future; lose a past. 

Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her. 

Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire – a story that only America’s number one beloved entertainer and its number one best-selling author could have created.

Audiobook edition read by Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, James Fouhey, Kevin T. Collins, Peter Ganim, Luis Moreno, Soneela Nankani, Ronald Peet, Robert Petkoff, Ella Turenne, and Emily Woo Zeller.”

What can I say about Run Rose Run (Amazon)? Dolly Parton is attached to this project, so obviously I’m in, because I love Dolly and Dolly is a legend. In fact, now that Betty White has passed, we should put bubble wrap around Dolly to protect her. She’s a national treasure. James Patterson is a prolific writer whose work I’ve read before, most recently when he teamed with former President Bill Clinton to write two books. So I thought I’d give the audiobook version of this book a chance, knowing Dolly was going to narrate some part of it.

AnnieLee Keyes hitches a ride to Nashville. Clearly she’s running from something, someone, but we really don’t know who. That’s the mystery. Ruthanna Ryder is a country music legend who retired a few years ago but is still writing songs and owns a nightclub that features amateur and professional talent. Ethan Blake is the man that brings them together & AnnieLee’s career starts to take off. But the past is going to catch up with AnnieLee. It’s not a matter of if, but when. And that’s what keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I really enjoyed the audiobook. Clearly, Dolly has the speaking part of Ruthanna, and I couldn’t wait for each time she was involved in the story. Who doesn’t love Dolly? The character is close enough to Parton that after a while I just referred to Ruthanna as Dolly. It’s clear where Dolly had a hand in crafting the details of the book: the look behind the music scene in Nashville, the life of a country superstar.

There were no dead bodies in this James Patterson book, but as the book progresses, there’s plenty of thriller thrown in. At times it seems a bit contrived, but aren’t all James Patterson books that way? At least the ones I’ve read. You always know what you’re going to get, just like a Danielle Steel novel. That’s what makes them, in a way, comfort reads.

Dolly Parton, being a prolific writer and singer, put out a companion CD with twelve songs, which can be found here. I can’t wait to listen to it. Dolly can do no wrong in my book.

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