Today I am joining the blog tour for the Mix Tape which is a wonderful love story with music intertwined throughout.
Set across two timelines and three destinations this book is a lovely read that once you pick it up you just want to keep reading. Whilst reading this book you visit Adelaide, Edinburgh and Sheffield, the descriptions of the destinations are really visual and make you feel the vibe of each city that you are visiting. The characters are a balance of supportive and controlling with their own character quirks. I personally loved Ali’s extended family in Australia and really connected with the relationship she had with them and how they made her feel.
The story focuses on Alison and Dan who knew each other in their teens and reconnect many years later through the power of social media. They are both passionate about music and communicate through the power of music and sending songs that both carry meaning to each other.
Throughout this book the song choices were superb and as the story progresses they create a new mix tape which conveys their feelings and things they want to say to each other. I absolutely loved this book and found listening to the songs they sent really helped to enforce the story being told.
This is the ultimate story about love, music and perfect timing, the power of music should never be under estimated and this spot lights the memories songs hold even in our subconscious and how the lyrics allow us to say things we can’t always find the words for.
We all remember the soundtrack to our first love.
Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.
Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past. For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind. And so begins a new mix tape.
Ali and Dan exchange songs across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different
experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…
Full of heartache and promises, joy and disappointment, Mix Tape asks the biggest question of them all: what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?
Packed with music – some old, some new – and featuring playlists of songs you’ll want to
discover for yourself
Available to purchase here
About the Author
Jane Sanderson is a writer and journalist. She has worked as a producer for BBC Radio 4, first on the World at One, and then on Woman’s Hour. She lives with her husband and children in rural Herefordshire.
Jane has poured much her own story into this book; from the boyfriend who gifted her a mix tape introducing her to the likes of Van Morrison, to the carefully curated playlist (featured in the book) which includes songs that have helped to shape her life and pay homage to her own youth.
Many thanks to Ann Cater for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love for this lovely story!