Brad Monroe was truly unbelievable. Blowing back into Brookhollow for three days to film a Christmas special—three years after the accident that killed his best friend her husband—and expecting Melody to be civil? Please. He'd been the only one who'd survived the tragedy, hightailing it to Nashville and hijacking her dream Patrick's dream. She'd spent that time grieving, working three jobs, struggling to raise her boys and keep a roof over their heads. Now she was losing ground on all fronts, and not about to forgive and forget. Or give him the one thing that could save them all .
Melody Myers is a single mom of twin eight year old boys, Josh and David. It's been three years since her husband, Patrick, passed away in a car accident. Melody has been working three jobs to pay the bills however she's falling behind. Melody has finished up a three-month management-trainee program for 'Play Hard'. She has to pass the final test in order to promote and quit two of her jobs so she can spend more time with her sons. Along time ago she bigger dreams of a career in country music, which have faded away.
Brad Monroe, aka Brad Jackson, had left Brookhollow right after the car accident that took away his friend Patrick's life. He went on to be a famous county music singers who was chasing after an elusive #1 hit. Brad's publicist had booked him a spot on 'Home for the Holidays', which meant he would return home after a three year absence and have to face his past.
Melody had a very bad day, she received a foreclosure letter and she had to leave her management test before she finished because her son was suspended. To make matters worse that same evening Brad appears at her job, the man who was driving the car that ended her husband's life.
Brad tries his best to befriend Melody. Melody is unwilling to budge. She's sure that Brad was in town to only advance his career.
"This show, all of this local promotion crap, all you care about is yourself and your career. I bet you're not even planning to spend the holidays with your family. I bet you've never once considered helping out the tree farm, giving Troy a break during the busiest month of the year, instead of just showing up and making more work for them."
Brad decides to stay because it's the right thing to do and soon discovers Melody has been hiding her financial struggles. He wants to help Melody because he feels responsible for her situation and also because he's falling in love with her. Brad offers to take her to Nashville and she can stay with him so she can pursue her dreams. Melody declines because she boys come first and their history. She doesn't want to dishonor her late husband.
Melody is able to pay her overdue mortgage by selling her beloved microphone that was a gift from her late husband. The money also afforded her to buy her sons Christmas presents, which made up for any remorse. Before Brad left to Nashville, he dropped off gifts for Melody and her sons. After Melody opens her gift and finds a expensive, matching pair of gloves, she takes her first step at forgiving Brad.
This is a heart-warming story about two individuals who both lost the person they loved. Melody struggles to move forward leaving her and Brad's history behind. The past has been keeping her from true happiness, a music career and Brad. Brad needs the courage to return to the town he ran from. He suffers from survivors guilt however he continues to move on with his life. When Brad and Melody come together it evokes all types of emotions; anger, fear, resentment, and finally love. I really, really enjoyed this uplifting story. I cried, laughed and smiled. Jennifer Snow has done a wonderful job bringing us hope that no matter how difficult or challenging the past maybe, life can move forward it you give it a chance. ***** 5 Leaving The Past Behind Stars *****