Sway by Melanie Stanford #mf #review @MelMStanford


Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.

One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Kim Talks TomesTAG

If you know the story of Jane Austen, then you’ll recognize the story in Sway. Ava and Eric met in high school and were both musical prodigies. But, Ava’s family forbid the romance because Ava came from money and Eric did not. They broke off their engagement, went their separate ways, and moved on. Ava attended Julliard and Eric worked on his music writing skills and became famous.

Fast forward to 8 years later and Ava’s father has squandered away the family money and they must now rent out their mansion to make ends meet. Eric has become a very successful musician and Ava is barely keeping her head above water. Her family is so dysfunctional, yet they hold on to their values of being better than others because of their “wealth”.

Ava has pined for Eric for all of these years, so when he re-enters her life, she tries to tell herself that she is over him. He isn’t and that is where this sweet story really begins. Normally, I am not a fan of the retelling of a classic, but this was done well and in a way that made me want to reread the original. While there are a lot of similarities, there are a lot of twists within the modern day retelling. Overall, it’s a sweet story worth reading.


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