Love & Devotion

Apparently, playlists are a big deal now, or so I’m told. And since I actually have one for Love & Devotion, I’m going to share it with y’all. It’s a lot of old school country, which is interesting since that’s not what I spend my time listening to.

Song #1 – When God Fearing Women Get the Blues, by Martina McBride

Lonnie, the main character’s lover at the beginning of Love & Devotion, is modeled after this song. She’s a middle aged, former Texas beauty queen who has dedicated her life to doing the ‘right’ thing. She has an affair with KC, a woman half her age, as a form of rebellion. Turns out, Lonnie isn’t all that nice and doesn’t really care about the ‘right’ thing so long as she’s able to keep up appearances.

In other words, she’s a hot mess. But I like her anyway.

Song #2 – Delta Dawn, by Tanya Tucker

The main character in Love & Devotion, KC, has the soul of an old school country fan. At one point in the book, she’s watching her nephew and this is the song she sings to comfort him.

Song #3 – The Yellow Rose of Texas, by Johnny Lee and Lane Brody

Song three is inspired by the ringtone KC assigns to her lover, Lonnie. Just like any other young person, KC assigns a unique ringtone to the people who really matter in her life. So of course Lonnie gets one. Forget about the fact that it’s guaranteed disaster if anyone learns of their affair. Wouldn’t you know it, Emma learns Lonnie’s ringtone and the sound of it one night totally pours cold water all over their changing relationship.

Song #4 – Stay, by Sugarland

KC, the main character in Love & Devotion, is kind of a dumbass. At the onset of the story, she’s having an affair with a woman who is both married and old enough to be her mother. That’s a painful proposition no matter how you slice it.

Song #4 – Crazy, by Patsy Cline

KC takes a trip to Austin with her best friend, Emma. While there, they go out dancing. KC undergoes a pivotal shift as she watches Emma dance with her ex-girlfriend. Crazy, by Patsy Cline, is the song they dance to.

Song #5 is Crazy by Patsy Cline.

Song #6 – The Gift, by Colin Raye

Eventually KC starts to figure it out. This song is about her realizing who Emma really is and what she means to her.

Song # 5 is The Gift, by Colin Raye


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