Loving Andy

Book Description

Loving Andy book cover

She was a writer of romance and a gentle singer of Celtic music; he was a rock star. He had lived for years in the seamy world of L.A. rock and roll; she had grown up in the shelter of the mountains of Idaho. She was young and lovely; he still turned heads with his long hair and good looks even though he was old enough to be her father.

Thrown together on a concert tour, the attraction between them was impossible to ignore as they both remembered an encounter two years earlier—when she had been in over her head and he had rescued her from a harrowing situation—and neither of them had been able to forget it. Slowly he reached out to her again, and slowly she learned to trust, until she found herself Loving Andy.

But even though love can be profound, obstacles can be also. And sometimes, they can seem insurmountable. Sometimes choices must be made, and sometimes…love is not enough. But when love is real, when the heart is steadfast, can love overcome in the end?

Author’s Notes

As one person put it who sent me a card when she had finished reading Loving Andy, this book is a nice, happy love story. Sure, there are some problems, some moments that will make you gasp a little and feel a wonderful heartache for those concerned. But for all intents and purposes, Loving Andy is indeed a happy love story.

When I handed the manuscript to a friend who keeps my confidences and thus earns the right to read my stories first, I told her that I wanted my stories to be known for their happy endings. And this book definitely delivers that. But the first question I was asked to answer at my first book club meeting was, “Why did you decide to write this book?” That’s an intelligent question, don’t you think? But it was certainly one I wasn’t prepared to answer, so I stumbled about, giving the best reason I could come up with on the spur of the moment like that. And I don’t even remember what that was. So in the interim, I’ve thought long and hard about that question, realizing that my readers deserve a better, more thoughtful answer, because I certainly took a better, more thoughtful approach to writing the book.

I will admit that my first desire was simply to write a compelling love story, one that would touch the reader’s heart and make her long for more. But why did it take the form it did? Why a May-December romance?

There were many influences that came to bear on that decision—particularly, was an admitted life-long fascination with this idea of an older man and a younger woman. Certainly, my father told me enough times as I was growing up, “that could never happen!” But I was never so sure about that.

Second, a rock group I have long admired suddenly seemed to “come upon the stage again” at that moment in my life—at least to me. I was mesmerized by their professionalism and their longevity. I was mesmerized by who they were. And I was simply filled with a great admiration for all they had accomplished in their long career. It was so easy for me to develop a hero from such a group of men, although I would never pretend to be writing about a particular rock star at all. Andy is simply the result of some imagining of a wonderful man on my part!

And Marian—how did she come to be? For her, I looked into my own heart, at the longings I possess at this time in my life, and I developed a young woman who comes from some beautiful places where I’ve spent time, who has some wonderful adventures I would love to have had, and who would have been influenced by a life I know personally—or in some cases, wish I could know!

What I discovered was that the formula for this love story wasn’t necessarily an older man and a younger woman at all. The formula was, as it always is, the right two people. In this case it’s a man who’s longed all his life for something better, something stronger than the empty pleasures offered him by fame and fortune. And he finds it in this lovely young woman from Idaho who’s always longed for someone just like him.

If you haven’t read Loving Andy, I hope you will—especially, if you plan to read the sequel, Coming Down to Earth. And when you do, I hope you’ll take this story to heart. I hope also that you’ll get back to me, that you’ll tell me what you think. Your reaction is as important to me, if not more important, than making certain my manuscript has every I dotted and every T crossed. For it is your thoughts that make it all worthwhile.


What people are saying about Loving Andy

“It's SUCH a good book-I loved it to death! And now-I just may reread the book myself!!!!!! That’s how much I loved it!!! And of course, I'm Marian!!”
— Sandie O’Connor, New Hampshire

“This book is a love story, a visit to the back stage of a rock concert, a trip to Ireland…and it’s many beautiful places and a chance to actually feel like you have hiked in the Sawtooth Mountains. She is such a fine writer that you can feel the mist of the mountains around you as you read her story. This is a very touching love story…”
— Diane Snow, Massachusetts & California

“This book is a real page turner. From the moment I first opened it until the last time I closed it, I was completely enthralled. I never wanted to put it down. It keeps you guessing until the last page.”
— Marlene Milligan, California

“I loved it! It was so uplifting!”
— Yvonne Wittrock, Idaho

“I just bought, and read, the most amazing book called Loving Andy by Sharon Edwards. If you want a good read, please check it out for yourselves… I could hardly put it down! I’m going to re-read it before I start the next book in my ‘to read’ heap!”
— Wilann Colby, Georgia

“I finished your book last night, and the word that comes to mind is perfect! What a beautifully perfect story! I will be first in line to buy your next one. Thank you for such an uplifting weekend!”
— Lue Walrath, Idaho

“Just wanted to let you know that I have just recently finished—and have very much enjoyed—reading your book Loving Andy…just wanted to tell you that I loved your book and that reading it was both an inspiring and an emotional experience for me… I just finished reading it last night and am still feeling like I’m ‘there’ sharing in Marian’s excitement about her career and happily witnessing her growing self confidence and rooting for her and Andy’s relationship.”
— Lynn Zagorski, Illinois

Loving Andy is one of the best romance novels I have ever read and anyone who thinks there is nothing good to read about love and romance needs to grab this book! The challenges of an unlikely couple that come from two different worlds that seem destined to be together, has you riveted from the moment you open the book. Sharon Edwards’ radiant and beautiful writing pulls you right into the story as if you were there, smelling the fresh air of the mountains yet the crowded constraints of an enthusiastic rock concert. You will fall in love with the characters in this book—each with their own unique backgrounds and exciting lives they lead. Loving Andy was an absolute joy to read about the magic of everlasting love and a book to treasure!”
— Jewelene Walker, Idaho

…And about the author

“Wow!! Need I say more?!! You have a bright adventurous future as a stupendous author.”
— Jewelene Walker, Idaho

“Remember her. She may be a very famous writer someday.”
— Wilma Wuite, Holland

“I hope that you will soon be publishing another one as I am very much looking forward to reading more that you have written!”
— Lynn Zagorski, Illinois