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Heart and Soul [Hardcover]

Sally Mandel
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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April 2002
Bestselling author Sally Mandel writes vibrant novels peopled with richly-drawn characters whose lives move readers to both laughter and tears. Now she has created a remarkable story about the profound risks that are taken in the pursuit of a dream.

For pianist Bess Stallone, a self-taught musical prodigy from the tough side of Long Island, getting into Julliard was a minor miracle. It just wasn’t the kind of school girls from her blue-collar neighborhood attended. In fact, the only thing Bess had in common with the other Julliard students was her singular passion for classical music, which she could play magnificently. Except in front of an audience. From her first disastrous recital, Bess knew that she would never be good enough for the stage, as her bitter father had been telling her for years. But one willful, determined teacher would change everything.

Renowned virtuoso David Montagnier has already captivated the world. Now he needs a new partner for his two-piano repertoire, someone to breathe fresh excitement into his work. Drawn to her wild talent, David challenges Bess, seducing her with music and offering her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get out of Rocky Beach. As David leads her from their first terrifying performance in a Harlem church to standing ovations at Carnegie Hall, Bess allows herself to surrender to the joys of life, and to believe in love.

Then the romance crumbles. For David’s brilliance masks the wounds of a tortured genius that may never heal. Forsaken, Bess must make a fateful journey of her own–to search once again for the music missing from her heart.

Resonating with wit, warmth, and profound insight, Heart and Soul is a triumph of emotion, a flawless symphony of realism and romance that celebrates life, love, perseverance, and an enduring passion for music.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428929
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,720,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Was not able to put it down until I ... 19 July 2014
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Fantastic Was not able to put it down until I had read it all. Then had to get the rest of her books
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book 19 Oct 2014
By Ellen
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loved this book. an author i havent read before so delighted with this and will certainly look at her other books.
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Not read it yet but I am sure it will be good. I just like to read at night something that does not require real brain power.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic yet beautiful love story 20 April 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rocky Beach, a working class town in Nassau County, Long Island is home to Bess Stallone (no relation to the movie star) who defies her parents to take piano lessons from the music teacher at her school. She enters the competition to go to the prestigious Julliard School and works many part time jobs to pay for her lessons. She is a musical prodigy who is so afraid of performing in front of an audience that she faints whenever she tries.

When David Montagnier, a former child prodigy, comes into her life, he wants Bess as his partner in his two-piano repertoire. He isn't afraid she will faint and embarrass them both and as time goes by, she becomes one with David and the music while overcoming her stage freight. The pair is together both professionally and personally until tragedy strikes and Bess must find the courage to go on alone.

New York Times best-selling author Sally Mandel has written a realistic yet beautiful love story that will warm the heart of readers. Bess' meteoric rise to fame feels like it could happen to anyone who has talent. HEART AND SOUL is a heartwarming work that will be placed on the romance reader's keeper shelf.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Love Story 19 Aug 2002
By Jeanne Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm a sucker for a love story. Heart and Soul is just that and it is not a sappy one either. It is about Bess Stallone, a tough Long Island girl who just happens to be a gifted pianoist. She talks with a foul mouth, has a very good sense of humor, you can't help but like her.
David is a virtuoso known throughout the world. He is handsome and very famous, in need of a new partner at the piano. The long and short of the story is that he picks Bess and works with her as they become a pair on stage and off. She is so much in love with him and he her.
It is a story told before of course, girl from the wrong side of the tracks hooks up with the pretty boy. Same old story but this one really will grab you and touch you and also make you laugh. David is a tortured soul who ultimately caves in and falls apart as does their relationship. There are such tender moments though in this story.
Of course there is also Jake, her forever friend and the one who has always loved her since 7th grade and will be there for her at the end when she needs him.
I loved it. If you are looking for a good love story this is for you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart and Soul 5 Mar 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very few books do I read the last line and and then just sit there and go "Wow" but this is one of them. The humor helps with the emotional upheavals. Loved it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, unforgettable, heart-warming 8 Dec 2002
By Rose Chastain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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Heart and Soul is not a regular romance. The story is written in first person, like a diary or biography told by Bess herself. Bess is from a blue-collar family, a straightforward person and never hesitate to express her feelings and thoughts in a colorful way. David Montagnier is the opposite of Bess in both background and personality but he loves the funny side of Bess as well as her talent in music. Ms Mandel has written a realistic, unforgettable, heart-warming story that will surely grace your keeper shelf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Blue~ 26 Jan 2010
By cheryl fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Out of the Blue was given to me by a friend- perhaps because I am a photographer. It has been said "the ability" to tell a story in the least amount of words~ is one of the signs of a good writer. Out of the Blue is written this way. This book I had such a difficult time putting down~ and now that I have read- Out of the Blue by Ms. Mandel, I look forward to reading other books she has written. While reading "Out of the Blue", I felt immediately- it would make an emotional charged and enchanting movie~ perhaps one day it will [...] New York NY May 2010- Finally had a chance to read Heart and Soul by Sally Mandel. I enjoyed so much the first book, and Hear and Soul was no exception- a page turner for sure. I decided to start the book- a little to late in the evening- at 2 am and 140 pages later... I was so much into the characters- it was most difficult to put the book down- had to- picked up Heart and Soul the next evening- another late night with Sally Mandel and her characters! I finished the book. Both books would make a great film. I do not quite agree with another reviewer as Ms. Mandel- definitely let her audience know that Bess started playing piano at a very early age; her professors were astounded and got her into Julliard- so it was blood, sweat and tears for Bess- a Cinderella story with some very raw and real moments. Great for getting out of your head. You will not put this book down.
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