Reviewer: Cheryl E Rodriguez
Reviewed By Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite
'Song Bird' by Christine M. Knight is the ongoing story of Mavis “Nikki” Mills. Mavis’ music career takes off. Her character develops as she faces the challenges of life as a professional musician, woman, mother, and daughter. In 'Song Bird', we meet the rock star as she returns from a very successful European tour. Nikki quickly learns that there is a price to fame. The biggest cost is the relationship with her son, Dan. While trying to bridge the gap with Dan, Nikki opens herself up to the idea of an adult relationship. She is attracted to two different men. Either of them could make or break her career. Guarding her heart and her son, Nikki cautiously makes a choice. Torn between her old self, “Mavis,” and her new identity of “Nikki,” this song bird's personal life is exploited by the media. Clinging to her family and her band, Nikki steps out and bravely makes her past life known. Standing in the shadow of her success is the man of her dreams. The question is: will she wake up and give love another chance?
Sticking with her Australian roots, Christine Knight portrays the life of her characters in the setting of Australia. Keeping it authentic, she wrote 'Song Bird' with British English and included many Australian terms. (Thank goodness for the glossary at the end.) The writing style is delightful and transparent. As a reader, you share in the dynamic growth of Mavis, as she transforms into the character of Nikki Mills. All of the characters develop and grow through challenges and mistakes, making them genuinely appealing or offensive. Focusing on the method of “keeping it real,” Knight includes real people and life events in the narrative, which intensifies the plot progression. I felt that having the Nikki Mills Band entertain the troops in the Tour de Force Tour and the effect of 9/11 on the band expanded the plot, making it more than just a budding romance in the music pop culture. I enjoyed all the nuggets of truth hidden within musical overtones. Christine Knight wrote a lyrical narrative that will keep the reader humming its tune, anxiously awaiting the next verse in the life of Nikki Mills.