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The Strange Tale of Jesse Jones and the Violin

The Strange Tale of Jesse Jones and the Violin [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Jones
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Product Description

Jesse Jones thought she had been put off playing music for life after an early trauma with a recorder teacher left her with a phobia of reading music. Fate intervenes when she meets the Muddy River Boys and subsequent events lead her to pick up a violin. Longing to play this beautiful instrument brings about an extraordinary musical adventure and encounters with colourful characters that assist her in her quest. From the early pitfalls of buying a Stradivarius on eBay, to finding friends to play with and a teacher who believes in her, the journey is a bumpy ride. Good times with friends at pubs and festivals contrast with being ‘banned’ and shunned for playing the ‘wrong’ kind of music.
However as Jesse's life becomes more entangled with “Jay the Mandolin” and piratical Jimmi, the tale takes a strange turn when she is encouraged by a screen writer to “reveal more” in her story telling. Gradually Jesse discloses more about the personal struggles behind the music and unwittingly the critic who suggested this expose` also becomes part of the tale.
Set in the beautiful countryside of Wales, this is a story for anyone who has pursued a passion and battled against sceptics and self-doubt.

The music to accompany this tale is available free on the Outlaw Jones III website or can be downloaded from Amazon and many other online stores.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outlaw Books (28 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating journey 16 Mar 2014
By jo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a gripping read about the awakening of Jesse and the discovery of herself through the learning of the violin. I have never come across a novel which combines the music with the read and being able to play the tracks at each chapter enables you to fully understand the description and emotion of each piece mentioned.
I am hoping that Jesse continues her journey by writing another novel about her further adventures, musically as she grows and emotionally as her life takes on new experiences and I long to hear more about the people she meets along the way. I feel it has only just begun.
I can highly recommend this book and look forward to more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!!! 11 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What great book from Jesse Jones, This is such fun to read. Pick it up, read a story, put in down and you soon pick it up again. The stories are great and so well written. I loved it. A great book for people who love music. And the cd is excellent and sounds great. One of the best country cds I have listened to in a very long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't stop reading it! 4 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A true-life tale of battling against the odds to reach a dream. Jesse's quest to express the music she feels within her is recounted with humour and realism. Her style is easy and flowing (like the music she aspires to) and it's no problem to relax and float downstream with her, uneasy thoughts of rapids and rough water firmly pushed to the backs of our minds. Of course the rapids appear but that's half the fun isn't it?
This is a well-written and fascinating book with an inspirational tale to tell and an insight into the everyday world of the musician to offer and I look forward to reading the sequel I hope for.
I recommend it to anyone with an interest in their fellow human beings - especially at that price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story 24 May 2014
By Katie
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the non-flowery and 'to the point' language in this book, and Jesse showed herself as a writer of talent by her ease of ability in setting the scene and providing a good laugh at times, whilst also inviting me into the serious sides to her life.

The musical parts I found interesting, but for me the appeal was her personal journey and the people she met along the way..

I found parts frustrating; in particular that she had come so far in her life and had had to make such hard decisions to get there. It appeared as the book went further and further on that she may again loose herself and the freedom she had found by ending up taking care of others. I hope that if we do have a sequel to this book that this will not have been the case.

The CD was lovely, but I didn't listen to it as the book went on- more as a whole when out in the car. It gave me time to reflect on what I had read, and I enjoyed that element.

Sequel or not, I would really love to read more by this great writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read and An Absorbing Tale 20 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
At first glance, this is indeed a well written and absorbing tale about one woman's musical journey - fascinating enough on its own. But in reality it is far more, for it not only charts Jesse's advances as a musician, but also provides a compelling insight into her development as a human being. Facing a major crossroads in her life, she has to make some difficult decisions about which way to turn, and through it all, even in the depths of depression, her fortitude and resilience allow her to surmount major hurdles and overcome her frustrations, while clinging to the small spark of light ahead. Beautifully written and alternately veiled and deeply revealing, together with music tracks which illustrate the moods and 'swing' of the book, this autobiographical story really was very hard to put down. Anyone on a musical journey of their own, or a journey through midlife's difficulties, will find hope and inspiration here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, down-to-earth and refreshingly honest. 13 May 2014
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Enter the world of Jesse Jones as she negotiates the joys, trials and tribulations of relationships as she strives towards her dream of learning the fiddle. This is an easy-to-read, down-to-earth tale with some great characters, which come alive even more when you know it's a true story! The tunes add a lovely dimension and it's easy to hear what Jesse means when she says it's all about playing the music in your soul, not just the notes.
A brave and honest story of her struggles both with learning to play and with relationships, struggles that everyone can relate to, which makes this a very difficult book to put down.
I loved it and didn't want it to end.
More please, Jesse!!!
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