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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,095,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Okay, so Kennedy has a French father and American mother, where Garrett has a German father and American mother; but both took their mother’s maiden name of Scottish heritage for their stage name; both studied at the Juilliard private conservatory in New York; both have identical tastes in jewellery, clothes, even the way they wear their hair; both despite having had model girlfriends have difficulty finding the time to have a serious relationship… basically, while reading this novel, it’s almost impossible not to picture David Garrett...
And as a fan of his, I purchased this book for that very reason, as it is almost a real person fan fiction! I do not mean that as a negative, however the writing style is not particularly sophisticated, is very expositional dialogue heavy and gives very little insight into the real world of a very successful professional musician at the height of their career and popularity.
Written in first person, the novel really belongs to our protagonist Elizabeth Tudor (who is living under the alias, Mary Stuart - see what the author did there?) and is a gently told story of a woman finding her own way in life away from the pressures and expectations of her famous family.Read more ›
Mary has a secret, an alter-ego, Archangel. Archangel appears here and there in the London clubs and its at one of these events she crosses paths with Daniel, fellow Julliard student, viloin virtuoso. There follows a love affair tainted only by Mary's brothers finding her after a ten year absence, and Daniel discovering that Mary is Archangel.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book! I didn't hate it, not by a long shoot, I'm just not sure it worked for me, personally.
Two things stood out:
1: Its written ENTIRELY from Mary's POV, in the first person. I would much rather have dual POV in the first person, over the single option. I dont't much care for first person POV at the best of times, and HERE?? I needed to hear from Daniel, I needed to know what was going on in his mind at keys points along the way, when he first re-connects with Mary, when he goes to punch her twin brother, and when he found Mary's secret.
2: There is far too much dialogue, for my liking.
I have Archangel to read next, which is a continuation of Mary and Daniel's story. I actually started reading that BEFORE this one, and I was missing something. I was kindly given this copy to read before Archangel. MOST, but not all, of what I was missing has been filled in, I still have some questions through and hope they will be filled in in that book.
I do look forward to reading Archangel, if only to see Mary and Daniel get their happy ever after.
**same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I felt Jamie Salisbury did a wonderful job at developing the characters. She did such a great job with Daniel that I could hear him playing his violin in my head. It wasn't just with Daniel. I loved Mary's internal struggle with her secrets. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't go into what her secrets are about. I also loved Mary's fierce personality. Standing up for herself when she hears the office woman gossiping about her was great!
Daniel and Mary's sensual relationship is worth the read all by itself. When Daniel takes his rings off so he doesn't mar her skin I sighed out loud. My only problem was it was over before I was ready to let them go. I can't wait for the next book in this series!!!