Song Bird

Matters of the Heart

Fiction - Womens
304 Pages
Reviewed on 01/13/2015
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Author Biography

Christine M Knight is a novelist, composer, musician, and blogger. She is an Australian. Her website is

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

'Song Bird' by Christine M. Knight is a beautifully crafted novel about fictional singer, Nikki - also known by her given name Mavis - Mills and her band. Unaccustomed to the amount of fame brought by her band’s success, the single mother struggles to balance home life and working life. All the while, Nikki strives to keep her only son, Dan, out of the spotlight. However, Nikki has a dark secret from her past that threatens to explode into the open with paparazzi unwilling to quit their media frenzy. Her family and friends are desperate to protect and counsel her, but will it be enough to keep the fragile girl they once knew safe?

I truly enjoyed 'Song Bird'. I felt the characters were deep and believable. Each character played an intricate role in the lives of Nikki and Dan. I liked how Ms Knight wove in the perspective of Nikki’s son. He desperately wanted to have a traditional family and you could really feel his emotional struggle as his mother grew into her fame. I loved how Ms Knight portrayed Nikki as still having doubts about her previous status in life. The development of her character was done very subtly and it showed how a person can gradually come into their own even in stressful circumstances. The descriptions of places and clothing allowed me to picture the locations and characters with great accuracy, so much that I want to go back to Australia for a visit and see where Nikki lives. A smooth, emotional, and beautiful read, 'Song Bird' is sure to touch the hearts of many who pick up this novel.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

'Song Bird' by Christine M. Knight is the ongoing story of Mavis “Nikki” Mills. Mavis’ music career takes off. Her character develops as she faces the challenges of life as a professional musician, woman, mother, and daughter. In 'Song Bird', we meet the rock star as she returns from a very successful European tour. Nikki quickly learns that there is a price to fame. The biggest cost is the relationship with her son, Dan. While trying to bridge the gap with Dan, Nikki opens herself up to the idea of an adult relationship. She is attracted to two different men. Either of them could make or break her career. Guarding her heart and her son, Nikki cautiously makes a choice. Torn between her old self, “Mavis,” and her new identity of “Nikki,” this song bird's personal life is exploited by the media. Clinging to her family and her band, Nikki steps out and bravely makes her past life known. Standing in the shadow of her success is the man of her dreams. The question is: will she wake up and give love another chance?

Sticking with her Australian roots, Christine Knight portrays the life of her characters in the setting of Australia. Keeping it authentic, she wrote 'Song Bird' with British English and included many Australian terms. (Thank goodness for the glossary at the end.) The writing style is delightful and transparent. As a reader, you share in the dynamic growth of Mavis, as she transforms into the character of Nikki Mills. All of the characters develop and grow through challenges and mistakes, making them genuinely appealing or offensive. Focusing on the method of “keeping it real,” Knight includes real people and life events in the narrative, which intensifies the plot progression. I felt that having the Nikki Mills Band entertain the troops in the Tour de Force Tour and the effect of 9/11 on the band expanded the plot, making it more than just a budding romance in the music pop culture. I enjoyed all the nuggets of truth hidden within musical overtones. Christine Knight wrote a lyrical narrative that will keep the reader humming its tune, anxiously awaiting the next verse in the life of Nikki Mills.

Tina Gibbons

In 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight, Mavis Mills is a working single mother trying to balance the responsibilities of motherhood with her career. Mavis is also known as Nikki Mills of the Nikki Mills band. She dreamed of the freedom and lifestyle that came with being a platinum record artist, and now she has become an international singing sensation. She still struggles with all the insecurities of her Mavis personality and the terrible things that happened because of her need to please. Life on tour is often glamorous, but home is where her heart is. Nikki is determined not to be defined by the fan and media circus that surrounds her. When some unscrupulous reporters unearth the past she is trying to overcome, Nikki attempts to withstand the media assault and maintain her equilibrium.

Christine M Knight gave me a look behind the scenes of a celebrity's life that felt very real. The way Mavis's new celebrity status and her lack of privacy affected her entire family almost made me feel sorry for her success. Even though I celebrated the 'rags to riches' part, I couldn't help but feel the loss that came with it. Song Bird's tale of how Mavis struggled with her own identity, questioned her judgment based on her past decisions, and how she dealt with betrayal and disappointment from people she chose to trust made me think about how I'd feel in similar circumstances. It made me wonder if I'd welcome fame and fortune given its price tag.

The cast of characters was believable and I liked the way they interacted as a family - even the band members who were close to Mavis. She was strong, and the way she learned from her mistakes made me like her very much. Her interactions with her son, “Dan the Man” were sweet, and he was one of my favorite characters. His need to know about his father, and the truth behind Mavis's past added realism that I connected with on a personal level. Her response to reporters who uncovered her secrets and hinted at the truth about Dan's father was the most seriously emotional point of the book for me. I was rooting for and against certain romantic relationships throughout the story that added an extra measure of conflict. 'Song Bird' painted a picture of parenting and relationships when success overwhelmed and it read like a true story. It was thought provoking as well as entertaining. I enjoyed it.

K.C. Finn

'Song Bird' is a contemporary novel by Christine M. Knight which centers on Nikki Mills, a single mother who makes a huge success as an international recording artist. A family-centered drama at heart, the novel chronicles Nikki’s life on the road and at home as her career continues to climb, and explores her relationships with her family as well as the new acquaintances that stardom has brought her way. Amidst this success, however, a dark and personal secret is waiting to be unleashed, and Nikki’s former life as Mavis Mills is always just below the surface of her new confident self. This transformative story deals with the issues of balancing one’s life and deciding what’s really important, and what’s worth striving for.

'Song Bird' is a visually rich novel with characters who leap off the page in their realism and relatability. I enjoyed the shifting perspectives that Christine M. Knight brings to the narrative, detailing the lives and inner thoughts of those around Nikki as well as the heroine herself. The secret in Nikki’s past surprised me and I found the issues of self-esteem that she dealt with to be very moving, as well as a strikingly good reflection of how the media twists celebrity culture now. I was also extremely interested in the Australian setting for the novel, and the beautiful and uniquely cultural descriptions of the country only added extra flavour to the tale. Overall, 'Song Bird' was a pleasant and vivid read with an inspiring message and a very exciting ending.