Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio with Tom Roland: Book Review for Thomas Nelson Publishers

Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio with Tom Roland (Nelsonfree)

Love the band's music, but the book--not so much. The story starts off with a problem the band faced at the pinnacle of their career, then instead of building on that, it moved into the deep detailed past of the band. I found it difficult to get through the first half of the book, although, things picked up in the second half, but it still lacked the ability to draw me in and hold me to the story.

The writing was fine, but the approach taken to tell the story was a let down. Too much detail was given about the band when it was in its infant stages/humble beginnings. Not enough of the conflict that went on in the band, and their lives, when faced with the challenge that nearly broke them up. Some of that was revealed, but if felt more like the book was 'playing at' it rather than revealing the story in a realistic and intimate way. And that's what the fans of this band want, to know these gentlemen better and to see how they overcame something that nearly ruined them professionally, and at least one of them personally.

So, it's still a good story, just not a captivating one.

I'm a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program ( and would like to thank them for the opportunity to review this book.

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Here's a vid, they're known for more upbeat tunes, but this one is good.

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April said...

They are such a great trio. I have enjoyed their music. The book would be great. Blessings.


Tina Dee Books said...

Hi April,

Aren't they though? There are actually six in the band, but I think only three sing & harmonize. Love their music. Many people loved the book, it was just focused less on what I personally would have wanted from it and more on their struggle throughout their career.

There's a fun video you can watch of an interview with two members of the group at Thomas Nelson and possible at the online bookstores also.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book! Please enter me. Thanks.

Heather of the EO said...

Diamond Rio...they bring me back home :) (I grew up in a small town, where country music was a part of life like the landscape)

I'd love the book. Thank you!

Carmen7351 said...

OOOOHHH! I'm afraid I know little to nothing about Diamond Rio. What kind music do they sing? I'd like to enter for their book. thanks.
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Tina Dee Books said...


I'm jealous. I grew up in a suburb, wishing I could grow up in a small town and would one day own a ranch. Maybe that's why a lot of my story ideas are on ranches, LOL.

I loved Country music back then, and I still enjoy it. And this band is wonderful on the vocals, which makes their 'problem' all the more intriguing.

Tina Dee Books said...


I wish I could send you a CD. They have wonderful harmonies. They're country music and fabulous vocals and great song lyrics. They've always kept pretty wholesome in their lyrics.

I think you could find a few of their vids on YouTube.

From their mullet days:

Tina Dee Books said...

Hi Jackie! Thanks for coming by, good luck on the giveaway.