Friday, November 17, 2017

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards (Book Review)

I was immediately intrigued by this book's storyline. Star-crossed lovers and a long-lost violin? Yes, I wanted to read it and I enjoyed it very much.

Book Details:

Book Title: Strings: A love Story by Megan Edwards
Category: Adult Fiction, 210 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Content Rating: PG (some profanity, no f-words, non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:

The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.

But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover's dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.

Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school's production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together, but strings got in the way: family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.

Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I was immediately intrigued by this book's storyline. Star-crossed lovers and a long-lost violin? Yes, I wanted to read it and I enjoyed it very much. The story is told in the first person POV through the main character Ted Spencer, a violinist and an expert in appraising string instruments. He begins the story with The Merino Rose, that long-lost violin sitting on his coffee table, and goes on to the tell the tale of how it came to be in his possession. He tells his story through flashbacks, starting with how he first met Olivia in high school.

I liked this storytelling style because it built suspense. It made me wonder what was going to go wrong in their relationship and keep them apart. Ted and Olivia met when they were both cast as Lancelot and Guinevere in the play Camelot. But he came from a wealthy family and privileged social status whereas Olivia was the daughter of the cleaning lady of their private school. The story follows their high school romance, breakup and their careers after they graduate up until over thirty years later when the Merino Rose brings them together.

I liked Ted because he was honest, at times self-deprecating and very likable in his recounting of the story. I found the novel flowed well and I read it quickly, engrossed in its story. It is a love story with music at its very core. I admit I was expecting more about the long-lost violin itself based on the book description, but it plays a minor role. Ted and Olivia are soul-mates, smitten by that first love sentiment that never quite goes away. That's what the story is mainly about.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book and I would gladly read more by author Megan Edwards.

About the Author:

Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir "Roads from the Ashes," the humor book "Caution: Funny Signs Ahead," and her debut novel, "Getting off on Frank Sinatra." She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years "on the road" all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

Connect with Megan: Website

Disclosure: Thanks to Smith Publicity for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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