Rise to the Sun

About the Book:

Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.

Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind off the senior year that awaits her.

Toni is one week away from starting college, and it’s the last place she wants to be. Unsure about who she wants to become and still reeling in the wake of the loss of her musician-turned-roadie father, she’s heading back to the music festival that changed his life in hopes that following in his footsteps will help her find her own way forward.

When the two arrive at Farmland, the last thing they expect is to realize that they’ll need to join forces in order to get what they’re searching for out of the weekend. As they work together, the festival becomes so much more complicated than they bargained for, and Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other, and music, more than they ever could have imagined.

Packed with irresistible romance and irrepressible heart, bestselling author Leah Johnson delivers a stunning and cinematic story about grief, love, and the remarkable power of music to heal and connect us all.



I loved reading this book. The author wrote such an emotional filled book. There were many heartbreaking moments in this book.

The plot development in this book was perfect. I loved how the author did not only focus on the romance side of it, but the book also focused on the healing power of music and different relationships between characters. It focused on friendship and dealing with pain and heartbreak. There were a few plot twists and I loved how as you read more of the book, you learnt more about Olivia and Toni. It was really great to read the book from both Olivia and Toni’s POV. It made the book way more interesting.

Okay, so I didn’t really like Olivia’s character at times. She came across as a bit self-centered at times and oblivious to other’s feelings. However, she really grew as a character and I loved that. She realised how her actions affected people around her. I know that what she was dealing with was really traumatic, and I kinda understood some of her decisions because of it.

Toni also was greatly developed. I know she can come across as really stuck-up, but I totally understand where she is coming from. She is dealing with a lot of trauma and didn’t want to be in that state again. I loved her loyalty to things.

Overall, this book was really amazing. There was flawless writing and a lot of realism to this book. The author was able to create a realistic inta love story. It didn’t only focus on love, but other topics. I loved how the characters all grew together and found peace with music. I would totally recommend this book if you love romance, the power of friendship and the healing power of music.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.



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