Kevin Emerson’s Exile trilogy combines the swoon-worthy romance of a Susane Colasanti novel with the rock ’n’ roll of Eleanor & Park. Packed with mystery and music, Kevin Emerson’s final volume in the Exile series is the pitch-perfect ending to Summer’s journey of self-discovery and love and an ode to music fans everywhere. Catherine Summer Carlson has hit rock bottom. Her band, Dangerheart, is falling apart, and finding the last of the lost songs now seems impossible. Can the band pull together to outwit Candy Shell Records, stay one step ahead of the police, and find a way to get to London to unlock the Eli White mystery before it’s too late? Summer knows that escaping to London would be the riskiest thing she’s ever done, but she also knows that this might be her and Dangerheart’s last chance of becoming the band they’ve always dreamed of being—and her last shot at figuring out what her heart really wants.
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FINDING ABBEY ROAD by Kevin Emerson is a quick but immersive read. The mystery of finding Caleb’s biological father, whom everyone had presumed dead, is enthralling and drives the story forward. Even though their eventual meeting is less than what you might hope, it’s still satisfying to get that point.
The romance between Summer and Caleb doesn’t take center stage in this book and Emerson writes it in such a genuine and authentic way – something that was lacking in the previous two installments. It makes sense that their relationship would take the back burner to the mystery of finding Caleb’s dad and it feels more appropriate there.
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There was much less focus on the band as a whole and on their story together and instead focused much more intensely on Summer and Caleb, their relationships, and the mystery of the hidden songs.
Summer is a character who is difficult to connect with through the entire story. I could relate to her being unsure of what she wants to do with her life and her frustration with parents’ plan for her that she’s not sure she wants but at the same time she’s pushy and often inconsiderate of other people’s feelings. She steps into the role of manager for the band but doesn’t make decisions that are in the bands best interest. She’s incredibly stubborn about her view of how the band will be successful and that is art of the reason the band falls apart at the beginning of the book.
Overall, FINDING ABBEY ROAD is a satisfying end to this series. It wraps up the mystery while still leaving room for growth and leaves the characters in better places than we found them.
Summer was a character I had a hard time connecting with the whole series. I could understand her being unsure of what she wanted to do with her life and her frustration that her parents had a plan for her that she might not want. But she was also very pushy and very inconsiderate of everyone else’s feelings around her. She was supposed to be the manager for the band but she never seemed to actually act in their best interest. She was so stubborn about the way she wanted the band to make it and maybe if she had paid more attention to them as a band instead of just Caleb and his mystery, the band wouldn’t have been on the verge of falling apart by this last book.
Dangerheart, which was my favourite part of the first two books, were barely a blip in this one. All the great supporting cast that we’d met through Exile and Encore to an Empty Room were mostly background noise to a Summer/Caleb duet. Since my main enjoyment came from the band and the supporting characters, I found it harder to get into this book and read it more quickly to get to the end just to get to the end.
I liked the concept of this series but with the lack of connection to the main character and enjoying the band story line that fell to the background, this conclusion wasn’t my favourite of the books.