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on 1 February 2006
Lydia Joyce drives home a winner with THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT and presents her reader with a story far above the average. Brilliantly, Ms. Joyce unwraps a dramatic, bold, and very sexy ‘affaire de coeur’.
Sarah Connolly lives in the shadows. She lives among the gentry, but in the background. She is one of the ordinary souls who attend and pamper the elite. Sarah Connolly is a lady’s companion; she is a servant. Sarah Connolly will never belong. Still, she wants. Yet, she does not deceive herself. Sarah knows her place in life. She is aware of her plain, scarred face and her wretched background, but still she wants - she wants someone to desire her, not her femininity, but her person - her ugly, scarred body.
Sebastian Grimsthorpe, the Earl of Wortham will have his day. He will make the person pay, the person who brutally raped and battered his daughter. Such revenge will take planning and timing, but vengeance will be his. Sarah Connolly is nothing but a means to an end. Sarah Connolly is nothing more than . . . admirable? What was this unsettling feeling flickering through Sebastian? Was it guilt? Never! He felt nothing. Sarah Connolly was nothing more than a common trollop. Sarah Connolly was a harlot of the lowest form. So what was this feeling?
THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT is intense, ambitious, and extremely adult. Ms. Joyce grabs her reader and forces them to see the ugliness of mankind. Wisely, the author shoves stark realism into the foreground and presents her reader with grim reality - reality based on poverty, disease, and class distinction. THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT is a first-class journey. Be mindful, it is not an easy journey, it is not a comfortable journey, but it is a first-class journey! So why not the perfect grade, because Joyce's ending slipped. Sebastian and Sarah deserved better than the shallow climax the author delivered. Lydia Joyce wrote a gem, but her glorious story deserved a big solid finale, not something bordering on normal!
Grade: A-
MaryGrace Meloche.
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