For fans of Inglath Cooper and Catherine Ryan Hyde, a novel that Publishers Weekly calls “…a wrenching tale of love and loss.” .
Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is t...more
Unstrung is a beautiful piece of Contemporary Women's Fiction that provided me with the loveliest of reading experiences. A plethora of multifaceted characters cohesively produced a wonderful story of love, hope and longing. Unstrung did not take me to a place I expected, it went further than I imagined. It’s a slow burn with a unique quality to the story arc and a delicate underlying romance running through that felt light in tone but ultimately warmed my heart and made me feel so much for the ...more
A new author to me and what an incredible delight. A story of deep sensitivity and awakening. It was gritty, real, emotional and an embracement of your past and a welcoming of your present.
This story is an amazing journey of Olivia Klein Van Dorsen. She's 46 years old, a virtuoso violinist, and a hot mess. Her marriage is in trouble and she has come to a cross road in her life.
“Whether it was a violin or your life, Olivia, it’s always been rather unstrung.
Her story is ...more
5+ "More than you could imagine..." Stars
Going into this book I held no preconceived notions about what to expect. After the short blurb the story sparked my interest. What I received in return is nothing short of a magnificent reading experience. My words will pale in comparison to what I believe this story should receive in acclaim but I hope to give you a reason to read this book. The won ...more
layered characters. It took some time for me to fully invest myself in the story because its pace was slow to begin with but once I hit that spot at 20% I was done. Hooked line and sinker.
Olivia was a fabulous character who had been dealing with her parents' expectations and needs all her life. Her gift was playing the violin but her love for it had come at a price. Her whole life story was interesting because ...more
That said, I loved writing Unstrung. I think Olivia is the most powerful character I've ever imagined, someone wholly shaped by her p ...more
This book was seriously the hottest mess ever and I enjoyed every single second of it.
Do you ever read a book and sit back and think Holy Shit did i grow up with this author. Kidding Kidding not kidding?
This book is more Women's Fiction than a romance, family drama, drama drama llamas....
But the author can weave a story like strings on a violin....
There were some lines in this book that struck me right in the heart. I had my son young (no r ...more
Unstrung features an unusual female character (Laura Spinella is exceptionally good at this) who will linger in your thoughts long after the novel is finished. The chapters are written in alternating points of view with Olivia, an extremely gifted violin player professionally employed with the New England Symphony being the main character and Theo, a young inner city music teac ...more
Olivia Van Doren is one of the most complex, captivating characters I've ever met in a book. She should be unlikable but, because we know the house she grew up in, she isn't. The author walks a delicate line throughout the entire book, and kept me on the edge of my seat with twists, turns, and the drama vortex that is Liv, and her poor decisions.
An absolutely riveting read. I highly recommend it. ...more
Ok a whole box of Kleenex down and I think more to go! What a touching yet heartbreaking story. I listened for the longest time in my car to work, but I had to finish tonight, so I read the rest.
Olivia. What a complex, real, heartbreaking character. She is such an imperfect character but her actions are so real, it is like she could walk off the pages and become a real woman. Through much soul searching, mistakes, sacrifices, self hate, understanding, and love she finds ...more
I find that the author's vivid and colorful descriptions of her complex and complicated characters are amazing.
I found myself wanting to scream at some of the characters for their decisions. I actually despised and hated some of the characters, and I was cheering for some. I I guess I got emotional ...more
Years ago, Olivia fell in love with Sam. The ...more
Fundamentally I enjoyed the plot and characters - but I did find it incredibly slow going. I tend to read 200-300 pages a day, every day - but this took me more than four days to read. I didn't want to give up, as I was curious as to whether it was going where I expected it to - indeed it did, and it was worth reading, but I still don't know why it went so slowly. After about 58% it did get much easier to read, as i ...more
I've read all of Laura ...more
One dynamic that I did appreciate was the relationship between Oli ...more
I went into this book knowing nothing about it. Or the author for the matter.
But when I read the synopsys on NetGalley, I figured this book had the potential to deliver a very interesting story and I found myself wanting to know more about Olivia and her musical gift.
So I was obviously beyond pleased and honoured when I was granted an e-ARC from the publisher and Netgalley. But most importantly, I was not disappointed.
When the first chapter opened on an impulsive Olivia reducin ...more
When Ghost Gifts was published, I never thought I’d write about ghosts again. One and d ...more