“Time for Me to Come Home” by Dorothy Shackleford with Travis Thrasher (Penguin Group, 272 pages, in stores).
I picked up “Time for Me to Come Home” out of curiosity. I'm fascinated by Oklahoma native Blake Shelton's life and success as a country music star, having become aware of him in 2001 with his first hit, chart-topping “Austin,” and staying aware of his career that now includes headlining tours, country music entertainer of the year awards and crossover acclaim as a celebrity coach in his fifth season on the reality TV series “The Voice.” The fact that his success has continued after he returned from Nashville, Tenn., to make his home in Tishomingo just adds to his appeal.
The book is written by his mom,
Dorothy Shackleford (with Travis Thrasher), but is based on a hit song of the same title that was written by the mother and son and inspired by his life.
The cleanly written and nicely paced novel is about Heath Sawyer, a country music star who has finally achieved some of the success he was after.
It's Dec. 23 — and he's a bit torn about whether to head from New York City to a tropical beach or home to Ada, OK.
Making the decision more difficult is that it's the first Christmas since the death of a significant loved one back home.
Even after he decides which way to go, numerous unexpected twists provide entertainingly suspenseful detours along the journey from New York City.
The story at times almost seems too far-fetched. But when I think of the inspiration — including some of the offbeat humor and experiences Shelton has shared from his real life — they don't seem so unrealistic.