Just Sing (The Seven Oaks Series Book 1)- Rene Gilley
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Sixteen-year-old Lily has always dreamt of singing professionally and being the first person in her family to attend college. Two years into her four-year plan, she’s on track for acceptance into her dream college’s prestigious music program. Until the school board holds an emergency budget meeting and cuts her high school’s award-winning vocal program. Lily now has the summer before her junior year to formulate a new strategy, or she can kiss her hopes of getting into Berkeley goodbye.
Back taxes and no money not only forces her family to sell some of their land but means having to learn to accept an intrusion on their peaceful ranch life. When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. In a confusing relationship that hovers between barely speaking acquaintances and something more, Lily finds the strength to question her tried-and-true plan and find a new path to follow her dream.
However, when Lily discovers her family is on the verge of losing their generations-old ranch, Seven Oaks, suddenly her plan, Berkeley, and dreams of being a singer all seem irrelevant and selfish. All that matters is saving her family’s home. Lily realizes that stepping out of her comfort zone and taking a risk in the last place she ever expected may just be the key to save Seven Oaks.
This is a lovely little read. I read it in one sitting and found myself being dragged through a quirky story that had me smiling throughout. My heart totally went out to Lily, she really does have it rough. She's so family oriented which surprised me a lot, but it gave her character a strength that made her strong, reliable and totally respectable. In the end I did feel extremely protective of her like she was my own child.
It's a fast-paced, book of worry and romance that will have you locked in.
I'm looking forward to the next in the Seven Oaks series.