Paige has dreams – dreams of being a rock star. John is a former singer and songwriter who was somewhat famous in his time. Now put the two together and you get the formula for a novel that is as interesting as it is realistic. The two butt heads and before dreams can be realized, they have to work together as a team and that may just be harder to do than it seems.
The Big Wide Calm is an experience. The story was engaging and the characters were not only realistic but interesting, which is as important as the writing style, which by the way, was excellent as well.
The story starts with Paige meeting John as his recording studio and him inviting her to stay there so he can record her album at no charge. Of course, Paige is no ordinary pop star wannabe; she's complex, multi-layered and far beyond her years, as you'll find out when reading more about her. John is complex too but its his mysterious demeanor and sadness that leads her to discover more about him. I won't give anything away but this is a story that draws you in and allows you to feel as if you are a part of the book, not just reading it.
No matter what kind of writing style you enjoy or what genre you usually read, this book is an excellent choice. The story makes you want to read more and when you've finished, you've read a novel that will stick with you and make you glad that you had the opportunity to experience it.
This is my first novel from Rich Marcello but I enjoyed every minute and will be checking out more of his work. I highly recommend The Big Wide Calm and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.