I knew it was love because it was easy to talk about a load of bollocks and laugh until we hurt.
Sally sings opera in her wardrobe. Since she was a little girl, she has loved opera, with its passion, drama and beauty, but after a series of events she decides she must keep it from everyone. Her parents would hate it if they knew she sang, so she hides in her wardrobe, a place of security where she can do what she wants. Living her life on the fringe of the industry she loves, one day Sally is found out. She can sing. But can she overcome her fear of performing when other people can hear and see her?
I loved Sally within the first few pages. She has this amazing talent but is crippled by fear. Lucy Robinson’s characters always feel like people I could know, not because they do the same things as me but because they are so imperfect but lovely at the same time. They’re capable of thinking stupid thoughts and saying stupid things as well as being serious and displaying the full range of emotions.
Where was he from? He sounded as if his mother was an upper-class Manhattanite and his father was a shaggy old pony from Devon.
If you’ve enjoyed her other books, you’ll love this one too, don’t be put off by the opera aspect. We probably think of opera singers as being full of confidence and outgoing, but maybe they’re just like us inside. I laughed, I cried. Fiona’s story is tragically believable, a wonderful and talented woman who doesn’t believe in herself and goes into destruction mode. Whilst there were things I could see coming, there was something rather major I did not.
Sally’s relationship with her parents is an interesting one. Fictional parents can often go to extremes, and hers might feel that way at first. But being a parent is complicated and what’s on the outside doesn’t always convey the full picture. I’m not sure if the wardrobe was meant as a metaphor but it suits the themes so well; inside and out can be two completely different people.
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is published by Penguin and the ebook is available to buy now. The paperback release will follow on 19th June 2014. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.
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