The Darling Songbirds by Rachael Herron

A hilarious and heartwarming romance about a singer trying to find her song, from the bestselling author of Pack Up the Moon:

The saloon had always looked old-fashioned, but now it resembled a set in a ghost town. The boards creaked under Adele Darling’s feet as if they hadn’t been stepped on since women wore hoop skirts. Cobwebs on the porch slung themselves from top beams to bottom ones, and an old wagon wheel leaned against a hitching post in front. It was as if the sidewalk had been poured right around the post, and her Toyota hybrid looked completely wrong parked next to it. It should have been a horse.

The problem was that Adele wasn’t in an old western, or a ghost town. Darling Bay was the sleepy gold-rush town her great-grandfather had given his name to.

The town she’d left for good a long time ago.

The building is a ruin, the business is broke and customers are scarce. Add into the mix Nate Houston – the handsome, guitar-playing bartender who had always believed he would be the next owner – and Adele has one potent cocktail on her hands.

Can a rundown saloon in a sleepy town finally offer Adele a way into love?

When I finished “The Darling Songbirds” I realized how much I've missed reading a really well written Rachel Herron transports us to Darling Bay, the quintessential small town on California's coast. This is a story about homecoming, redemption and, as always, hope for the future. Herron knows how to breathe life into her characters. Adele Darling and Nate Houston are true-to-life; as conflicted as the rest of us, at times stubborn or indecisive, but also caring, generous and loving people. – Savsandy