Melissa Baldwin, ‘See you Later Broadway’, Broadway series book 2.
As an ARC reader I received this book for free. And promised an honest review. Here it is. English isn’t my first language. Sorry for errors.
Rating: 4 stars (of 5).
In general: Young heroine looking for real love and a promising career.
Leading character: - Maris Forrester. Born and raised in Virginia. Talented singer. Her great ambition: to perform on Broadway. So she moved from Virginia lo live and work in NY. First as a music teacher at a music sudio, but she keeps dreaming of Broadway. Her love life is complicated. She has three admirers and choosing is difficult for her, because all three men are gorgeous: Kyle, an old boyfriend she broke up with when she moved from Virginia, but meeting him again in NY not all of her feelings for him seemed to be gone. Or Trevor the grandson of her beloved old Virginian friend Beatrice (90 years old and a very dear substitute for her diseased granny). Trevor is the favorite of her family and she becomes close with him when Beatrice is in hospital. And the third admirer is Zack, the brother of her roommate Layla. He’s a restaurant owner looking for a second location of his company in NY. The author, Melissa Baldwin, describes how Maris, advised by family and friends, tries to make good choices for her love life and her career. That’s a complicated process. It results in many interesting scenes about family life, starting entertainment companies, loosing old friends and finding new ones. Perhaps is the change in behaviour of old rivals a bit too sweet or illogical for me, but - all in all - this reader enjoyed reading about a lot of lovely characters with interesting ideas about art, relationships and choosing with your head or heart.
“I have learned that true joy will come if you follow your heart.”
Maris and her dreams are back in the second book of the Broadway Series. Maris wears her heart on her sleeve as she follows her singing path to New York City.
This is a character driven story and the characters are all wonderful. Maris has a new roommate, and still depends on her sister and best friend for support. I liked that she had a strong connection with her grandmother.
Maris approaches her love life with openness and possibility. In this book, she ponders her two boyfriends from the past, and a new love interest, Zack. Zack and Maris have a strong connection, possibly because he seems like Maris- creative, accepting, alive.
“I just want to enjoy the present, and right now the present includes Zack.
Along with her romantic possibilities, Maris has some interesting career choices. The coveted Broadway role she seeks is still elusive, but Maris has some solid opportunities with new performing arts companies. One of these companies, LivElle, brings together former problems from her past.
To me, the theme of the second Broadway Series is “Moving Forward”. Maris steps up her game- she learns to make more decisions on her own. From whether or not to leave Broadway, and start a new love relationship to trying yoga, spaghetti squash and gluten-free eating, Maris is ready to move forward!
She isn’t on Broadway yet- but part of her may be!
Author Baldwin writes with a humorous, positive voice and her witty dialogue and vivid scenes of New York City add to the delight of this read. Recommend! I didn’t not read book 1 (yet) and I still enjoyed this read.
“I’m ready to take the next steps in my life, and I’m not going to look back.”
See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin is book two in the Broadway Series, and while I did not read book one, I had no problems jumping right into this story and making friends with Maris. Maris has recently moved to New York City with big dreams of Broadway. While her plans of performing aren’t quite there yet, she is pretty content – until shake up after shake up starts occurring. Between her career, love life, and a sad passing of her grandmother’s friend, Maris finds herself with a lot of decisions that she needs to make and little time to make them. I have read from Melissa Baldwin in the past and have enjoyed her previous offerings. To start off, I love her covers and See You Later Broadway was no exception. It was so easy to get along with Maris, even if she did have her selfish moments – because, who doesn’t? All the plot twists inside made the story very fast-paced and really fun to read. I was just waiting for Maris to shout out PLOT TWIST at any given moment after all the shake ups started happening! The love life of Maris was particularly interesting to read about, and I am really going to wait anxiously for book three in this series, because I have a feeling there will be more drama with how her relationship plays out! I do want to go back to read the first book in the series, See You Soon Broadway, because I have a feeling I will enjoy getting some back story on Maris and the supporting cast. If you are a fan of chick lit, you will love this story and I highly recommend! Reviewed for Readers Favorite