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Book Review For: "The Violin"

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 159

Book Review for: "The Violin" Written by: Sarah J. McNeal Publisher: Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing Avail as: print & ebook 4 Stars

McNeal pens a haunting romance full of longing and desire with "The Violin." Genevieve Beaumont was born and raised in modern times, but when she discovers a violin owned by a man who died in 1927, her heart aches to learn more about him. Dare Genevieve follow her heart wherever it takes her or will the secrets the violin holds destroy her chances at finding happiness?

The story starts with Genevieve, a school teacher in modern times. Genevieve grew up in foster homes and doesn't have a strong sense of family. After skimming a newspaper, she learns of a violin for sale. There's something about the violin that resonates deep in her soul, something she can't explain. Hoping to settle her anxiety, Genevieve locates the violin and buys it.

Now in her possession, Genevieve needs to sate her curiosity by discovering what the man was like who owned it - John Douglas. Scared, yet determined, Genevieve takes a trip of the heart, leaving North Carolina to go to the hills of Pennsylvania. The old town is still there, but the Douglas homestead is in ruins. Genevieve is on the verge of quitting her quest when she falls and hits her head. When she awakens she learns it is 1927. The homestead is thriving and John is in his twenties. Genevieve goes with the flow and quickly makes friends with John's family. The attraction between Genevieve and John is strong. Genevieve longs to stay in 1927 with John, but internal conflicts cloud her decision making. She also has questions that need to be answered. How did she time travel? Will her presence change time? John has secrets of his own. Will the power of love over come time and history's dictates?

McNeal piques the reader's curiosity, building the mystery surrounding John's violin well. Genevieve follows the clues and takes the reader along for the ride. The author has done her research and it shows. The story is rich with detail and description, painting a romantic setting.

The characters are interesting. Genevieve is afraid of many things, yet dares to overcome her fears. John is patient and steadfast, traits in a hero that are admirable. Even the supporting cast is a delight.

What I enjoyed most was the ending. There's a plot twist that sneaks up on the reader and puts everything Genevieve's been through in perspective.

The story is "sensual" for romance readers with Genevieve and John sharing heated kisses. The love scene is tasteful and embodies the passion the couple shares.

Overall, "The Violin" tells a gripping tale, full of emotion, that makes the reader believe love conquers all - even time.

Reviewed by: S. Burkhart

StephB is an author who likes to read many books and a variety of different genres. StephB is an author at http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Creative Writing.

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