Something a little different for me!
STRINGS: A LOVE STORY by Megan Edwards – releasing September 12th, 2017
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?
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
Typically I wouldn’t go for more of a romance novel, but I loved Megan Edwards’ other book GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA, so I had to read this one! STRINGS: A LOVE STORY definitely isn’t a typical love story – it’s about a man’s love of music and his life trying to keep his muse.
Ted and Olivia meet as teenagers in the play Camelot (as Lancelot and Guenevere) and are quickly convinced they are soulmates. Their story spans decades, from teenage years to midlife, and they continue to cross paths at inopportune moments in their lives. After being separated by their meddling parents, Ted and Olivia separate and Ted continues to focus on his music. Years later, they cross again in New York. They quickly learn that their love never really stopped for each other, but with careers and marriages in the way, they must once again go their separate ways.
We also have a focus on Ted’s job as a violin examiner. He comes across a mysterious long-lost Merino Rose that had been missing for centuries. How did this turn up on his coffee table? This does add a small element of mystery, but nothing too outrageous.
What made this love story stand out is that it’s told from Ted’s perspective. Romance stories are always told from the woman’s point of view, so I loved this choice by Edwards. While there wasn’t as much detail as I would have liked about the two (to be fair, it’s 200 pages and from the man’s perspective so that could have been intentional!) and more about what brought them together. I completely agree with some other reviews, this would be perfect as a Hallmark or Lifetime movie!
If you love classical music then you’ll absolutely love this story. You’ll be able to appreciate the role that music and the violins have played in Ted’s life and what Olivia was to him. There were many great songs referenced as well, and the play Camelot. This was a great element to make this standout from being a typical romance story.
Overall, I wish there was a little bit more to the story, I needed some more! With it being a shorter book you don’t get the in depth character development you normally would, but you still can connect with Ted. If you love music and want a good love story, then you shouldn’t pass this one up.
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.
Strings: A Love Story is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and will be available in print and as an e-book, and as an audiobook on September 12, 2107 wherever fine books are sold.
Here is a list of songs that Megan Edwards references within the book!
Camelot, musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Fredreick Loewe
“Star of the County Down,” an Irish ballad
“Simple Gifts,” a Shaker hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett (also used by Aaron Copland for the score of Martha Graham’s ballet Appalachian Spring)
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56, by Sergei Prokofiev
Caprices, Op.1: No. 24 in A Minor, by Niccolo Paganini
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor “Unfinished,” by Franz Schubert
Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21, by Edouard Lalo
Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61 in B Minor, by Camille Saint-Saens
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77, by Johannes Brahms
Listening links are found at https://meganedwards.com/strings/
Thanks again to Imbrifex! I really enjoyed this one and hope that you music lovers out there do too!