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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LV1IBOE
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Firstly, the format was great. If you read my reviews you will know how much I enjoy a timeline that goes back to the past and then present time, allowing the reader to know just enough to be curious to find out how our characters arrived at the position they’re in now. Robinson titles the chapter with ‘scenes’ and ‘acts’ in keeping with opera which I thought gave it that added extra!
So … the story begins with an overture. It’s the day before Sally starts her post-grad opera diploma. The visitor at her front door is intriguing – who is he and what happened in New York?
Act One Scene One gives the reader background on her Sally’s childhood and sets the scene for her love of opera (and her fear!).
As the story builds and connects in both timelines, I was fascinated watching Sally’s operatic journey just as much as her romantic life. I thought she was a fabulous lead. The reader really gets to feel her fear about singing, identify with her mothering instincts towards Fiona as well as feel indignant about J!
While I’m talking about characters I just have to say I ADORED Jan Borsos. He is so vibrant. His energy and zest for life literally bounces off the pages … refreshingly too that Sally’s relationship with him worked even while J was there in the background. The first time she stays with him is hilarious!
The underlying theme of the opera and the training drew me in. It’s obvious that Robinson has researched and at the end of the story in my proof copy, we find out the hard work she put into the research.Read more ›
Years later, they are grown up, both working at the Royal Opera House, Sally a deputy wardrobe mistress and Fiona a ballet dancer. Sally made friends with Barry, a principal dancer with biceps like tiny rocks and the best Welsh accent she had ever heard, and Beatriz Maria Stefanini a supervisor in the makeup and wigs department.
Bea secured Sally a job on the Royal Ballet's summer tour. The Rite of Spring, six weeks touring the east coast of America starting in New York at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Twelve months later a handsome man is at Sally's door clutching a note, why?
Sally stands in the reception area of the Royal College of Music and meets a Hungarian opera student named Jan Borsos, Violet and Helen and her tutor Brian, Sally has a promise to fulfil.
I was lucky to receive this from the Lovereading.co.uk before publication for a honest review.
The book is absolutely hilarious and with Lucy being the author we can all see ourselves in the book. Her use of language is fabulous and some of the words she uses bring back fond memories.
Some of the book is a hard subject to touch on, but Lucy does it with the right amount of care and delicacy to not offend but clearly set the scene.
Descriptions in the book have just fueled my desire to hit New York even more, not due to the usual places but to the places you don't hear about so much. As well as Tiffany's and the usual haunts, Lucy has added a few bonus place i need to see.
But the love story isn't all of it - the book has a hard and realistic edge, dealing with some major and traumatic issues. Again though, the author has that wonderful humour that runs through the whole book - a scene that has you in tears, will be followed by one that has you laughing out loud. And as for the characters - they're wonderful. I loved the exuberant Jan Borsos, as I expect most people did - but I also adored Sally's flatmate from Barry Island, and grew particularly fond of Julian's mother and (unexpectedly) of Sally's own family. And, while I'm no keener on opera really than I am on horses (I read this after The Day We Disappeared), the research really brought the whole world of opera to life.
So, my verdict on Lucy Robinson's books? If you enjoy a good story that takes you somewhere you really don't expect to go, characters you'll believe in and love, writing that makes you laugh but sometimes changes into something that tears your heart apart, then please try her books. I haven't enjoyed a weekend this much in ages.
My thanks to netgalley and publishers Penguin for my copies of both books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the plot. Coming from a classical singing background (albeit a more modest one than Sally`s sparkling career) I loved that this was about an opera student at music college... Read morePublished 2 months ago by singingcapybara
I have now read all of Lucy Robinsons books and loved everyone. Highly recommend.Published 3 months ago by fox76
Lucy Robinson always makes me laugh. Like her style of writing a lot.Published 5 months ago by Nokomis
I do not enjoy opera but reading this book almost made me feel that I could because I do love music and the description of the effect opera had on Sally i could identify with for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M Clayton
Good read , the ending is a bit predictable but a good story anyway.funny and sad.Published 5 months ago by fiona b