It’s rare when I read a book that draws me in from the very beginning and holds me completely until the very end. Run Rose Run, by Dolly Parton and James Patterson, did exactly that. Run Rose Run centers around AnnieLee, who runs away from her troubled past to try to make it as a Country music star in Nashville. After AnnieLee arrives in Nashville, she meets Ethan, a Country singer with a difficult past of his own. Once Ethan hears AnnieLee sing, he connects her with his famous mentor Ruthanna, who helps guide AnnieLee with her music career and her life.
I was a little concerned when this book came out, because as excited as I was to read a story that Dolly wrote, I did not want it to feel like a James Patterson thriller. This story felt like it really came from Dolly’s life experience with maybe some editorial or story-building advice from Mr. Patterson. I even imagined the dialog in the novel in Dolly’s voice as I was reading. This book was expertly done in that it combined elements of comedy, tragedy, action, and suspense, with characters that I really cared about. I would strongly recommend this book, especially to fans of Dolly Parton, but also to anyone that just wants to read a great, heartfelt story.
-The Inside Story