Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson


Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson.

My husband introduced me to James Patterson and his Alex Cross series early in our marriage. Back in the day, I enjoyed Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and many more of his crime thriller series. 

However, I lost interest in Patterson when he began co-writing what seemed like dozens of books a year. It seemed like he was delegating the actual writing of his novels. But, I couldn’t pass up a book co-written by Dolly Parton, who, for obvious reasons, is one of my favorite famous people.

I read Run Rose Run solely because of my love for the smart, savvy, Country music queen and philanthropist. I was thrilled that from the first pages, I could immediately detect Dolly’s influences in the book. From its southern phrases, a rags-to-riches, singer-songwriter heroine, and Country music lyrics embedded throughout the plot, Parton certainly stuck to writing about what she knows – and does – well.

The short chapters kept the pace moving along nicely. I enjoyed Ruthanna Ryder’s character, who seemed very Dolly-like in her demeanor, as well as the many references to country music stars of the past and present.

A light romance and secrets added interest and intrigue to the story of AnnieLee Keyes, a rising star on the run.

My only criticism of this book is that it was a 90% build-up that fizzled quickly in the last twenty pages. I would have liked a better balance between the build-up and the wrap-up.

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