Monday, April 23, 2012

THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME by Allison Winn Scotch

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The Song Remains the Same
By Allison Winn Scotch

I've had practically all of Allison Winn Scotch's books on MaNiC and I'm very excited to bring her latest here to you today!

Allison Winn Scotch’s The Song Remains the Same is similar to her other books as it is an absolute page-turner-cannot-put-it-down read. And with this one, this title couldn’t be more on target. Woven throughout are the lead character’s “The Best of Nell Slatery’s” playlist and Scotch chooses these token songs brilliantly to set the tone for each chapter and pulls specific lines from each song to bring to life the point she makes in the scene.

Nell is one of two survivors of a horrific plane crash and what I love about this book is Scotch does not dwell upon the crash, because that would freak me out. Nell loses all of her memory and when bits come back, or from what she’s told, the one thing that comes most prominently in her mind is the fact that her famous artist father deserted their family when she was thirteen. Nell becomes fixated on this and sets out to find the mystery behind his reasons for leaving.

Aside from her father leaving them, she also discovers secrets about her husband, whom she’s not really sure about from the moment she wakes up in the hospital. During the whole book, there are constant surprises that will intrigue the reader. You’ll seriously be like, “Whoa, I did NOT see that coming!” 

An interesting cast of characters carries along Nell’s story, including a likeable reporter who’s out to help Nell find the answers to her reclusive father (or is he?), her sister Rory and her mother Indira, who seem to be keeping way too many secrets of their own in order to protect Nell, and the other survivor, Anderson Carroll, a TV star / B-list actor, who I can’t place in real life, and want to know who Allison crafted him after. Peter, Nell’s husband – well, you’ll see for yourself! And then you’ll also get to meet some surprise guests in The Song Remains the Same that I can’t share with you here or Allison may kill me! This is why you’ve got to read it ASAP!

One thing I was curious about was we get small details on what Nell was like prior to her losing her memory, but I wondered if the plane accident triggered her fixation with her father, and if before that, was she a normal functioning happy adult, not seeking closure about this part of her life? One may never know, unless Allison Winn Scotch were to write a prequel to The Song Remains The Same? Hmmmm.

SEE! You GOTTA READ IT! And one lucky winner can get a copy here by answering this question: What song will bring you back to a moment in time like THAT? For me, the song TAKE YOU HOME by Phil Collins always brings me back to Junior year in high school and to that one boyfriend, and that one party, and that one dark room upstairs at that one party... If I hear that song, I am immediately transported back in time. Actually, that whole album will take me back to that boyfriend and that time we had together. How about you - what song places you back in time to a certain moment that is UNFORGETTABLE? Tell me and you'll be entered to win The Song Remains the Same!

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84 comments:

Margaret said...

Heartbreaker from Pat Benetar. I sang it with my high school band at an out door grad festival. Absolute blast!

Margaret(singitm)

DaphneSFL said...

Faithfully by Journey. Always takes me back to junior year :)

Dani In Chicago said...

So many songs bring me back! Sweet Child O Mine and anything by Def Leppard brings me back to high school.

Melissa said...

Any song from Sublime takes me back to my Junior summer in high school.

-tmd636

Ready To Be A Momma said...

Kiss from a rose by seal takes me back to dances in junior high.
Qweska8402

Mel said...

You Got It (The Right Stuff) by NKOTB takes me back to the first time I ever saw them - the summer of 1989. It was 104° and the air didn't move. There were thousands of us crammed into a tiny teenage mosh pit in front of the stage at the Iowa State Fair. Fans were passing out from the heat even though the fair events staff used hoses and sprayed us down. Best and worst concert of my life.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Hmmm, it would have to be Hells Bells by AC/DC -- it's all about that boyfriend and his 280ZX. :)

Can't wait to read this!! Been itching for an AWS fix!
Thanks, as always, MM ~ xo Heidi

jpetroroy said...

Chumbawumba to high school dances
jpetroroy at gmail dot com

susieqlaw said...

"Stay" for a while by Amy Grant. It takes me back every time. An oldie but a goodie. Susan.

jennyjend said...

In My Life by the Beatles. Takes me back to high school, and an old boyfriend and the back seat of his mom Cadillac every time.

jmndowning@gmail.com

Emily said...

American Pie by Don McLean. Every time I hear it I flash back to a couple points in my life - once, in high school, on a school trip to Italy, a whole bunch of us singing along to that song as it played in our hotel lobby...and it also takes me back to MANY drunken nights in college when, for some unknown reason, my friend and I used to LOVE to sing that song on the way home from a frat party.



Emily116

Ally said...

Anything by Dashboard Confessional takes me back to high school.

Lindsay said...

Journey's Don't Stop Believing always brings me back to college basement parties..

Melissa said...

Anything by Def Leppard. Melissa Rem

Judy S said...

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning by Alan Jackson. Not the memories of 9/11 that it makes come crashing into my head, rather the 1st time he sang that song.
I never stay up late but something told me to stay up to watch the CMA's that night. When Vince Gill announced Alan Jackson I went into the living room with the dish towel in my left hand, the plate I was drying in my right, and sat on the arm of a chair.
I don't remember breathing but I do remember crying...
Every time I hear that song I am whisked back to the arm of the living room chair...

Anonymous said...

Freebird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
michelle m!

Christina said...

"Crazy Game of Poker" by O.A.R. takes me back to college, dancing in our favorite bar!! It's like a 10 minute song so I get lots of time to reminisce when I hear it :)

ChristinaL

Carol5814 said...

Can't Get Next to You by the Temptations. Our dance team did a halftime routine to it and it takes me right back to my high school gym.

betsy_blixt said...

Wow I have so many! I have a different song for a different area of my life. When I was in my early teens it would have been Garth Brooks, The Thunder Rolls. Takes me back to every middle school dance I ever attended. Then in high school it would be any Sublime song. That takes me back to cruising with my friends wishing we were older. Those are just two, but there are so many songs that bring back great memories.

Karen said...

Free Bird...my high school years. EVERY band finished with it. EVERY band. :) ktmixon315

faithspage said...

Tim McGraw, Why We Said Goodbye...
I did the long distance thing for 3 years, and would listen to a lot of music on the drive and for some reason this song just seems to stand out.

I don't get all woohie over it, just reminds me of driving to Nashville.
Woohie pronouced woo he, my new go to word

Kristen said...

I hear 3 AM by Matchbox 20 and am instantly on spring break my senior year of high school.

kristen27

Denise said...

I Hope You Dance always makes me think of my 2 best friends and summer and the county fair and singing in the car.

-Denise F.

CherylB said...

The song "Everybody Dance Now" by C & C Music Factory. We were on a spring break trip in college, dancing to this song on table tops in Mazatlan.

cabest@yahoo.com

ludy2288 said...

Every rose has its thorn reminds me of my freshman year in college. A group of my guy friends always sang it to me & changed some words to include my name. I smile everytime i hear it :)

Anonymous said...

There are so many great songs that just instantly transport me back in time....Counting Crows, Mr. Jones takes me back to senior year high school spring break. Don McClean's American Pie immediately reminds me of dancing with my dad and brother in my dad's workshop as a kid. Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight takes me to the Christmas Dance my senior year in high school. I'm smiling right now thinking of all these great memories!

Colbey J

Sweet 1 said...

Night Moves, Bob Seeger nuff said

Kelleyc said...

Poison (Every Rose Has its Thorn) and Samantha Fox (Naughty Girls Need Love Too) remind me of my 2 best friends in high school! We had some really good times and those 80's songs always take me back...!!

A.C. said...

"Hey Leonardo" by Blessed Union of Souls takes me back to high school. My best friend and I loved that song and used to sing it together all the time!

Kristin said...

Strawberry Wine by Deanna Carter reminds me of the night I met my now husband. He was singing it in a friend's room.

Pour Some Sugar on Me always reminds me of dancing in the bar with friends our senior year.

Anonymous said...

Hold on by Wilson Phillips...I am transported back to the '90s and that song brings back lots of memories!

Msl1019@aol.com

TaraUB said...

Walking on Sunshine reminds me of the good times I had in college with my roommate Amy. We've been friends since 1st grade, but those college years were such fun.

lucy872 said...

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi...I had te HUGEST crush on a guy in a band and I went to see him perform and he sang this song and I remember he pointed me out in the audience when he sang it. I was beyond ecstatic! I just remember him with his long hair and leather coat with the fringe on the sleeves (god...that's so 80s!). Ahhh...to be young again!

ncsuloges said...

Cheap Seats always brings me back to dating a baseball player and working for baseball team during the summer of 2005.

Emma S. said...

Joe Cocker's "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends" was my high school class song. Takes me back to senior prom and swaying to this song with my friends.

Emma S. said...

Joe Cocker's "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends" was my high school class song. Takes me back to senior prom and swaying to this song with my friends.

jdstec said...

Walking in Memphis

buttah said...

Gosh, I have so many because music and songs have always been such a huge part of my life and how I relate/remember certain times through out my life. I guess one would be "Wonderful Tonite" by Eric Clapton...like you Manic it reminds me of that boyfriend in high school. He was a Senior, I was a Freshman, and we were on our way to his Senior Prom and he played that for me. It became our song.

absolutahnie said...

where the streets have no name because i was a HUGE U2 fan and i got to see them on st. patricks day at the boston garden from balcony seats BEHIND the stage (that's how crazy i was to see them...they opened with "streets" the balcony was bouncinb up & down like crazy and all i could think was "if i die now, i'm dying HAPPY!"

Bernadette7 said...

Wild Boys by Duran Duran....17 and driving for the first time to the beach everyday for the whole summer....ahhh good times

BrendaL71 said...

The greatest love of all by Whitney Houston. It was my 8th grade graduation song. Lots of good memories there.

accidentalgypsy said...

I actually have 2 songs...How Bizarre by OMC and Roam by The B-52s. I went to Australia for 3 weeks when I was 15 with a school group and our crazy tour guide played the former every morning to wake us up, and the latter every afternoon to keep us going on the long bus rides. I get so excited when I hear them, it definitely transports me back to all the good memories.

Juliet Farmer said...

Anything off Van Halen 5150 reminds me of bittersweet high school memories.

Carly said...

Anything by The Cure though particularly Head on the Door and Friday, I'm in Love.

Carly H

CAnative said...

Any Police song reminds me of drving to the beach along PCH the summers of my soph/jr. year in H.S.

Nicole

equinn726 said...

Anytime I hear the Aerosmith, I'm taken straight back to college, drinking beer, playing darts and watching Red Wings Hockey in this big pink house where a bunch of guys I used to hang out with lived. So much fun!

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

Feel absurd admitting this... BUT Ace of Base I saw the sign.... summer days when I was like 9!

Kristen DeDeyn Kirk said...

When I hear Meatloaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Light, I'm taken back to a slumber party during the summer before my friends and I started high school. My friend Sue played it for us for the first time and we loved the "baby, baby let me sleep on it," and the "will you love me forever?" debate. We didn't know yet how that would soon become a big part of our real world!

Kimberly Pearlman said...

Westside Connections entire album "Bow Down" will take me right back to high school. Cruising the hood with my friends, just to flirt with the boys. :) LOTS of night rides doing everything we shouldn't!

Bridget O'Neill said...

Holiday by Madonna brings back memories of dancing with my best friend in our houses when we were in about 6th grade :)

bjoneill@hotmail.com

Carie Casey said...

Everybody wants to rule the world, by Tears for Fears always makes me think of my childhood friend Candy.

Carie

Krystal said...

Anything Journey or Van Morrison makes me think of summers in junior high. My dad worked nights so he was home with us during the day. He would always blast the music up while we cleaned up before mom came home.
kndyer

EKB said...

let the river run- by carly simon. I was a freshman in HS and miserable. I was in choir (my only saving grace at the time) and we sang it for a spring concert. i loved this song and was the only one in the group who knew about it so I felt ahead of the game for once. I realize I sound like such a dork :-}

Natalie M. in VA said...

Two songs come to mind and they both immediately take me back, bc neither is played on radio much. The first is "Roni" by Bobby Brown - flashback to the 7th grade dance, dancing with first boyfriend (who would subsequently be my boyfriend a couple more times over the course of high school). The second song is "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher. Reminds me of college days with my best friend. We always said (and say) to each other 'I got you...' as in 'I have your back'.

Hailey said...

Anything by the Backstreet Boys because they were my favorite band growing up. I remember seeing them September 10, 2001 in Boston.

Jeffie T said...

Toby Keith's Beer for my Horses always takes me back to the summer after I graduated from college. I can even smell the apartment I lived in when that song comes on.

Kimmi said...

It's silly, but Neutron Dance (a really lame song if there ever was one) reminds me of the summer after I graduated high school. A time when there was so much promise and a bit of trepidation.

Leah B said...

Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp - always makes me think of summer camp.

Catherine said...

"Here I Go Again On My Own" by Whitesnake always reminds me of the boyfriend that broke up with me in the 80's by picking me up in his car, putting on the tape of that song and telling me to listen very closely to the words. It seemed like a terrible thing at the time, but my next boyfriend became my husband and we've been happily married for almost 20 years!

Bev V said...

Tusk by Fleetwood Mac takes me back to senior year in HS

Bev V (shaggy552@gmail.com)

Margie said...

Whenever I hear Wake Up Little Suzie by the Everley Brothers, I remember a dance in school.
Margie T

Crystal said...

"she will be loved" maroon5. it was playing after I got caught hanging out with a boy when i was supposed to be somewhere else. and though it wasn't a "happily ever after" that song brings me back to that.

UGH! teenagers! lol!

crystal717

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Pretty much any early Madonna song does it!

Becki**** said...

You're As Cold as Ice . .HIGH SCHOOL . . butmost music brings back a memory or two

Katie said...

There are way too many songs! :)

Bridget said...

The Way We Were. First date with my husband, saw this movie.

iambtinrb

Books & Reviews said...

Many, many songs bring me back to, "moments' but Elvis Presley's, Can't help falling in love brings me back to my wedding night and the first song my husband and I danced too... I know, I know...cheesy but I love that man...

TinaPow said...

Aerosmith "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" My High School sweetheart

Anonymous said...

The song "Take On Me" by A-Ha brings me back to the days of high school.

-Donna w.

Leslie said...

Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners - this song came on in my 7th grade classroom and a friend and I jumped up on the desk to sing and dance (even better, no one told when the teacher came back to the room)! LeslieGC

your invisible pixie said...

most classic rock songs take me back to college and hanging out with my roommates.

Lizett34 said...

Montel Jordan's This Is How We Do It, will always remind me of high school. It was a song that if we heard it on the radio, we knew it would be a great night =)!

Lizett34@yahoo.com

Kimberly Pearlman said...

Westside Connection's album "Bow Down" Me & my girls would cruise the hood looking for our boys. ;)

Sherry said...

Oh high school so long ago that pretty much any 80's songs take me back but definitely the songs by Def leopard and Guns and Roses holds the biggest memories for me--oh to be young and naive and free of responsibilities.....

Erin G said...

She's Every Woman by Garth Brooks reminds me of my high school boyfriend. All Barenaked Ladies songs remind me of college... we were fans :)

Cher B said...

So many, many songs (most of them '80's and loaded to my ipod) that take me back to a feeling of excitement and almost magic. One that comes to mind is Rio by Duran Duran...sigh....

I love Allison Winn Scotch's novels (expecially The Dept of Lost and Found) and am looking forward to reading The Song Remains the Same. Thanks for the chance to win!

cherbasonATgmailDOTcom

EBrowning said...

oh...there are so many! anything by Oasis takes me back to high school and Waterfalls by TLC and Garth Brook's The Dance were some of my favorites too!

Tiffany Drew said...

I have to go with Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G, my bestie and I listened to that song repeatedly on our very first road trip. So much fun!!

Terri said...

I always relate songs to who I'm with, what I'm doing, etc, but "It Had to be You" by Harry Connick, Jr (from the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack) will always take me back to my wedding.

Terri M.

keltban said...

Whenever I hear the "Macarena" by Los del Rio it brings me back to South Padre on Spring Break. We heard that song over and over.

Kristi said...

Brown Eyed Girl... always makes me think of happy memories with my mom!

aggiekristi04

Megan said...

The whole John Mayer album, Room For Squares, takes me back to the summer in high school when I was a theater camp councilor on a resort town in Ohio. I would walk every morning and listen to the album on my walk man.
Eloisepeaches

Amelia said...

The Stand by the Alarm - I had that EP on vinyl...

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