The Music We Make (Hardcover)
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Surviving an accident that takes his mother’s life, twenty-two-year-old songwriter, Santiago DeAngelo is consumed by grief, guilt, and the opiates he is prescribed for his injuries.
Nearing rock bottom, he receives inspiration for a song from his late mother. As he struggles to write it, he falls in love with Kitty Holladay, a music producer who offers a rare shot at fame with a hidden agenda. Kitty seduces him into the fast-paced world of pop music where he records a hit album while fighting his opiate addiction to write the one song that will help him make peace with his mother’s death.
But when their relationship ends over the betrayal of that song, Santiago must decide the real value of his life in a moment that nearly ends it.
The Music We Make is a story of overcoming our pain to achieve our dreams.
About the Author
My vision is to create and inspire art that connects us to each other with love. -Michelle Rene DeBellis
"DeBellis crafts a story of one man’s rise and fall with remarkable empathy and sharp, often lovely prose...A moving story of pursuing one’s goals through pain and loss."
~ Kirkus Reviews (A Starred Review)
“A Beautiful, Heart Shattering Debut.”
~ AUTHOR CAITLIN MOSS
"Few books published nowadays can be considered to be 'important art' as this book is. Despite the layered themes and complexity and depth of characters (which the reader forms an attachment to from the opening pages), the story flows smoothly and fluidly until you realize this book has read itself.
~ AUTHOR HOSAM ZAKI
“Well Crafted, Page Turning Debut.”
~ AUTHOR LAURA BOTTEN
~ AUTHOR NATHAN JARELLE
“It is uncommon to find a timely topic like addiction woven into a story with such humor, wisdom, and suspense. Yet that is what Michelle Rene DeBellis has done in this perfect first novel.”
~ PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE JESSICA BINGAMAN
“Serious Jackie Collins Vibes.”
~ AUTHOR DONNA SCUVOTTI