Facing the Music

Independent Title (Coming in 2018)

Six years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.


“So funny! This story is like getting a backstage pass to the secret lives of pop stars. Ivy and Blake are surprisingly realistic considering they are a famous singer and a former NFL football player, and the tension between them is electric. A quirky small town is the perfect backdrop for this romantic comedy and the author balances the mix of small town and celebrity life with skill.” – 4 Stars, RT Magazine

“Facing the Music is my first book by Andrea Laurence, but it definitely won’t be my last! Her writing style is witty and keeps you in your toes, while weaving a tale with the perfect amount of sweet romance…Fans of Reese Witherspoon (a la Sweet Home Alabama) will adore this story!”- Two Moms Reading Blog

“I fell in love from the first line of the book, and my joy continued throughout the entire story. From the kooky characters in the beauty shop, to the descriptive scenery of the town, to the struggle between Ivy and Blake, not to mention Ivy’s struggle with herself, this book fit the bill on all accounts!!!” – Barbara Vey, Heidi’s Picks of the Week

“The plot itself was masterfully composed. Each twist and turn kept me on the edge of my seat and made it difficult to stop reading, even for a moment. The storyline wasn’t too foreseeable, yet also not so erratic that it seemed unlikely. The tension and romance between Ivy and Blake in particular will have you reading until early hours of the morning with its intensity and complexity. I truly can’t fault the novel, and would recommend it to any fans of romance, an easy read, and a good laugh.” – From the Purple Matter

Facing the Music