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What’s really amazing about the series is that the author, Shira Anthony, was intimately involved in the classical music scene before she became a writer, so in addition to creating these amazingly complex story lines, she infuses into each story some of her extensive knowledge about music and in each story the reader/listener gets a mini-lesson (without being didactic) about classical music. It’s fascinating!
I have to admit that it’s been a long time since I’ve read the other books in this series and I haven’t managed to read the entire series. On the one hand, I think that’s helpful because the characters in this story have some ugly back history and if you read some other reviews you’ll see that many people had a hard time finding the “good” in Cam based on what he did in the other stories.
I don’t really have that hurdle to overcome because I don’t really remember the other stories that intimately to have preconceived emotions for him.
With that in mind I think this is a really dark, difficult story to read/listen because the history of abuse and suicide in both our MCs pasts make it hard to have anything but a dark storyline. There are happy moments – to be sure – but there is a lot, lot, lot of darkness in this story.
I was disappointed that Peter Brooke didn’t do this narration – he did the others in the series and was part of the reason I loved the series so much.
John Solo does a nice job with this, however. He attempts a British accent when needed and does a nice enough job with all the dark emotions.
I think this would have been better in Brooke’s hands, but it was more than passable in John Solo’s.
For fans of the series – I think this is a must – even if you never quite warm up to Cam or get to a place of forgiveness. For people new to the series – I’ll tell you this wasn’t my favorite – by a long stretch – but it is still a powerful piece of writing. Shira Anthony is a gifted writer, full of musical knowledge and not afraid to write a character who is tough to love.
I think this would appeal most to fans of hurt/comfort romances or anti-heroes because the main themes in this move away from music and focus on personal change and overcoming past hurts.
Overall 4 of 5 stars for the audio and the book.
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