- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (19 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405911581
- ISBN-13: 978-1405911580
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We want to climb the highest mountain and shout about this book to the world. We laughed, we cried, we fell in love - and we haven't stopped going on about it ever since! (Heat)
Romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious (Cosmopolitan)
One of Britain's most talented rising stars (Huffington Post)
Charmingly fun with bags of romance and laughs (Closer)
You'll be laughing one minute and crying the next; this book will stay with you like the most beautiful aria (Lucy Diamond, Sunday Times top 10 bestselling author)
A charming, gorgeous tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary talent. I flaming loved it. If you like cheering on heroines to reach their goals, find love and battle life into submission - you'll love this! (Milly Johnson, Sunday Times top 10 bestselling author)
Definitely her best yet: A rollicking, rich, romantic, roller-coaster of a novel with truly original characters and a plot that grips from start to finish (Katy Regan, author)
I have been raving about this book ever since I read it - hilarious, heartwarming and brilliantly original! (Paige Toon)
About the Author
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is Lucy Robinson's third book and follows on from her highly successful novels The Greatest Love Story of All Time and A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger. Prior to writing Lucy earned her crust in theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for all of the UK's major broadcasters. Her writing career began when she started a dating blog for Marie Claire about her fairly pathetic attempt at Internet dating.
Lucy was brought up in Gloucestershire surrounded by various stupid animals. She studied at Birmingham University and lived in London for many years before disappearing off to South America to write her first two novels. This is the first novel she has written in a sensible manner (IE at home).
Lucy lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man. She likes dogs and cheese and horses and seals and cake and baths and she blogs daily about funny things that have made her smile today.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Right from the beginning I was hit by Lucy’s familiar humour and drawn in by some very vivid characters. I could tell that reading this book was going to be quite a ride! The comedy continued throughout the book and I must admit that it was my kind of humour. The writing style had a certain bluntness to it which simply made me laugh and I do love a book that makes me laugh out loud while I’m reading.
The opera side of the storyline was actually quite fascinating for me, I knew nothing about opera before reading this book and, while it certainly didn’t make me an expert, I do feel like I learned a few things about the world of opera.
There was an intense mystery surrounding Sally’s trip to New York and what had happened there. I came up with a few predictions as to what the big drama was (all of which were wrong) but in the end it all became too much for me and I found myself screaming (in my head of course because little one was asleep) WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK??? There were snippets of information along the way but then just as I thought I was about to find out, I was whisked back to the present day – Lucy Robinson you certainly know how to tease your readers!
I mentioned that the characters were vivid – the most vivid of them all were Barry and Jan, let me tell you why…
Barry was just epic! I could picture him so clearly stood there talking to Sally and calling her ‘chicken’. His massive personality really jumped off the page and made me smile every time he spoke.
Jan was equally as epic (are we all picturing the epic strut right now?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Relatable, inspiring, funny, loving! Couldn't put it down! Different to others. Definitely read more from this author! If considering I absolutely recommend.Published 13 months ago by Sadie69
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 19 months ago by singingcapybara
I have now read all of Lucy Robinsons books and loved everyone. Highly recommend.Published 20 months ago by fox76
Lucy Robinson always makes me laugh. Like her style of writing a lot.Published 21 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 22 months ago by M Clayton
Good read , the ending is a bit predictable but a good story anyway.funny and sad.Published 22 months ago by fiona b