The Band 4 by Marguerite Gruen

The Band 4

The Air We Breathe
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When an American tourist and a member of a successful British band fall in love, will they live happily ever after?

In London, a twist of fate brings together strangers from two different worlds. All Marguerite Angeli wants is adventure and freedom. The Pennsylvania native endured a difficult and abusive childhood. After her parents are killed in a tragic car accident, an unexpected inheritance enables her to take a holiday overseas. Chase Martin should be enjoying his fame as a member of the phenomenally popular The Band 4, yet he’s contemplating walking away from the group. When Marguerite and Chase meet by chance in a London coffee shop, the connection is immediate and intense. They begin a relationship and Marguerite’s quickly accepted by the other members of the band—Blake Thomas, Drew Bishop, and Quinn Howard—and their girlfriends. Marguerite and Chase get married, and find that their plans for a family must contend with the realities of a very public relationship. Everything is idyllic, until their marriage is tested by a string of tragic events, including a miscarriage and a plot to poison the wives and girlfriends of The Band 4. Marguerite and Chase are powerfully connected, but can their love survive the pressures of life in the spotlight? Gruen’s debut romance is spirited and breezy, although Marguerite and Chase’s love story seems too good to be true at times. Both leads are earnest and likable, and Gruen expertly shows how the strength of their bond enables them to overcome past difficulties, but the characters are barely introduced before they move from courtship to marriage. A stronger aspect of the novel is Gruen’s depiction of their married life as a celebrity couple. From friendships with other thriving entertainers to the need for secrecy and carefully worded press releases, Marguerite and Chase live a life few will experience yet they retain their link to each other and their families. The editing could be a bit tighter. On a return visit to Pennsylvania, Marguerite lands at the Scranton/Wilkes Bare airport instead of the Wilkes-Bare/Scranton International Airport.

A whimsical, if unbelievable, romantic fantasy about a celebrity couple. 

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4602-8353-0
Page count: 324pp
Publisher: FriesenPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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