Book Review: Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this collab. But was it worth the wait?


She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She’s also on the run. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her… Run Rose Run: a story glittering with danger and desire.


I was sure this would be a 5-star book for me. In truth, I found it underwhelming. From James Patterson, I was expecting something more edgy and dark, a lot more drama. While, of course, there was some elements there, this was really Dolly’s book.

I’m my eyes, Dolly Parton can do no wrong. She is a queen and should be treated as such. It’s just that the plot of this book has already been overdone; that young woman trying to make it big in the music industry and realises it’s not so easy. I felt it was a bit of a rehash of many stories I say in Nashville the TV show. Rose’s secrets were interesting and added a different element to the story, but it was a while until they were unveiled. Regardless of what I felt about the plot, you could certainly see Dolly’s expertise in the industry shining through and that did give this book an edge over similar ones.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of Run Rose Run, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Still want to try it out? Pick up your copy here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.