Title: Missing Dixie
Series: Neon Dreams #3
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Fighting for redemption…
I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise-a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.
Can she love me even if she can’t forgive me?
Learning to move on…
Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I’m finally beginning to move on when my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.
Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?
I have been waiting for the final installment of Dixie and Gavin’s story with bated breath. I entered the story with more than a little trepidation especially after the glimpse we had of their interactions in Loving Dallas.
Dixie has developed a great deal from our first encounters with her in Leaving Amarillo she has become stronger, more independent without losing her innate kindness and ability to bring out the best in the people around her. I completely adored her in Missing Dixie, I have to say she is a far better person than I am in the way she is able to forgive people. Dixie is an inspiration, especially in the use of music to help people.
For me the theme that really stood out and meant the most for me within this series was not the romance. I know SHOCK!!!! it is the portrayal of music and how it helps save lives. This is some thing I can truly understand, I am one of those people that need music at all times in order to remain calm 🙂
I enjoyed being able to understand Gavin better yet have to say the revelations which finally see the light of day are a little worse than I anticipated. It made me view him in a different light, although it made me appreciate Dixie’s ability to love unconditionally more.
The other aspect of Missing Dixie that stood out within the narrative was the idea of fate/destiny. Everything that has happened in their lives have led both Gavin and Dixie to a certain point, their insight into situations even the negative ones allow them the ability to relate and empathise on a personal level to people around them. To the extent of being to aid those who require assistance in ways no-one else would be able to. I know this sounds a bit vague but believe me it will all make sense when you read the book.
I just really want to keep shouting MUSIC SAVES LIVES as well as EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
Missing Dixie completes the Neon Dreams series brilliantly. No matter what type of music you prefer, the Neon Dreams series will make you appreciate it even more.