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Strings: A Love Story

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  48 reviews

The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.

But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover's dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the

Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Imbrifex Books (first published September 21st 2010)
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Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Strings A Love Story is definitely a love story. Fairly slow paced, and spanning over decades, I enjoyed it very much, which almost surprised me.

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The Story:
Most of the action in Strings was shared with the readers through flashbacks that spanned over decades, from when Ted and Olivia were in high school. And while they always appreciated each other, their timing always sucked. When one of them was free, the other was with someon
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really had big hopes when i read the blurb, but when i started it i could'nt like/connect any of the characters. I found Ted needy and hopelessly romantic and not in a good way and Olivia was sort of odd? she came and went like a jojo. That is over the whole book they come and go, get together, then don't, marrries others, get together with others...and dont.. and i never saw much character devolopment in any of them. I liked the part about the violin and some of the start, around 20
Simant Verma
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers, who prefer short and quick read, who believe in second chances
I hadn’t read a romance novel for a long time and when I saw this book on NetGalley I instantly requested for it because of its cover and the synopsis looked good too. But I have to say I was little disappointed. The story could have been turned out better.

The main protagonists of the story are Ted Spencer and Olivia de la Vega. The story follows their lives over decades of time, narrated by Ted. Ted is a violinist and wants to pursue his career in this. He met Olivia in his senior year of High
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2017
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The story follows the lives of Ted and Olivia over the time. The story is narrated by Ted, which I found great because most of the books I read are from a woman perpective.
They met in Ted's senior year in the 1960's. Their lives are completely different from each other: Ted comes from money and Olivia is the cleaning lady's daughter. They waanted to spend their lives together but their plans changed due to issues with family a
Manon the Malicious
*3.5 Stars*

I was provided a Reviewer Copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story was told by Ted. He tells it to us through his memories as he thinks back about THE girl he met in high school, Olivia and all that happened with her and without her since.

This story was enjoyable. The characters were ok though I didn’t truly connect with them. I enjoyed how the story was told but I found it incredibly sad. I usually read romance like science fiction to fill my romantic side witho
Debi Lantzer Stout
I was recently contacted by email regarding Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards.  Since it sounded like a great story, I agreed to read an advance copy of the book, and share it with my readers so here goes............

The story follows the lives of Ted Spencer and Olivia de la Vega over decades of time. The story is narrated by Ted, which I have to say was a nice change of pace from a lot of the stories I read which are usually narrated by the woman.  It was great to get a better feel for the
Marcy Sue
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An opportunity to review a book pre-publication can be a wonderful experience or feel like trudging through waist high mud. I have experienced both. "Strings: A Love Story" was an honor to review and I thank the publisher for allowing me to be part of the process.

One can state that they prefer to read a specific genre of book or a particular author. I would likely be correct to assume that is how a larger percentage of general readership will choose which publication to attach their attention t
Liz Bradley
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of STRINGS: A LOVE STORY by Megan Edwards. I loaned it to a good friend who produced many films and tv programs for CBS during her career. I told her she would love it. I think it would be a great story for the Hallmark Channel. Perhaps she might know someone in that world that could further the enjoyment of this book.

I had a wonderful few days reading this book. I loved it. To start with, it was a good size to handle and not too long. I liked the
This was a breezy read (only about 200 pages, and I read it in a day) that I could imagine as the basis for a Lifetime or Hallmark film, and I know several people who would love it. It was a bit thin in character development for me, and as such, I never truly understood what the main character (Teddy) and object of his affection (Olivia) saw in each other. That said, probably because I have read so many novels where it is a woman doing all the narrating and pining, I was really pleased to see Ms ...more
Paul Franco
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A long-lost Stradivarius reappears after being missing for centuries, but rather than the story of how that happened it is merely a frame for the history of the violin examiner, all the way back to private school. This is where he first me the “one,” the girl he was destined to be with, but due to decades of misunderstandings and meddlesome parents, it was not happily ever after. His life and other loves are told, mostly his long career as a soloist, with occasional run-ins and a lot of thoughts ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads
Okay, so I don't think I've ever read a romance novel before in my life. I also don't really have any strong connections or ties to music, although I played the cello for 8 years when I was young, and the saxophone for many more. I also took voice lessons in high school.

But I really did enjoy this! I was surprised at how much, honestly. I was very compelled by this story, and I found the whole thing overall satisfying. Again, I know next to nothing about this genre, but I still quite enjoyed it
Chellie Campbell
When a friend gave me this book, I already had a long reading list including the 4th book in a series I had been waiting months to get. So I thought I’d just take a glance at Strings. But I was hooked immediately and I couldn’t stop reading! What a delightful love story! Rich kid Ted fell for cleaning lady’s daughter Olivia when they were cast as Lancelot and Guenevere in a high school production of Camelot. But heartbreak and separations abound as Virtuoso violinist Ted has to fight his family ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Strings: A Love Story is very different from Megan Edward's other work. Without the car chases and murder her other books are known for, what is left is an achingly beautiful, and somewhat atypical, love story. While this book started out a bit slow for me, I couldn't put it down after the first fifty pages. This book is certainly worth the read!

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I love stories about interesting histories of musical instruments and art. This was a good read. At times, it felt slow but still kept my interest. I wish it had been a bit happier. Overall, a good read.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review because I don't think I'd have picked this one up and I really would have missed out on a good book! Why wouldn't I have found this book on my own -- it's about music and violins - two things that I know little about and it IS a love story - not a bodice ripper but a love story that develops over several decades. I am really glad that I had a chance to read it because it was a delightful story and one of the few that I've read re ...more
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book about love, loss and an element that so many of us hold in high regard, music. I love reading books that center around music and musicians, and this book fit the bill perfectly. Edwards' prose is elegant and flows across the page as if its own sheet music. This is a very sweet story about teenage love that continues its hold on the main characters into adulthood; a story that will keep you hoping until the very last sentence on the page.

A few of my favorite lines in th
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the idea of a lost violin featuring in a love story, but there was very little of that and a lot of bad timing between our two lovers. I wish there had been more interesting things about the Merino Rose, or violins in general spread throughout instead of a tease that is never satisfied until one small bit at the end. It's also quite sad to me, that they spent so much of their lives apart thanks to miscommunications and bad timing. ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Strings by Megan Edwards is a star-crossed love story spanning decades and involving Ted and Olivia.
It is written in first person as Ted. It is a love story/romance, but at the same time an imperfect novel with an imperfect ending.

The novel itself was written well and was a fast- paced read, however was kind of sad for my specific taste.
Overall, still a great read.

Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this boom in return for an honest review.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Framed by the mystery of how a long lost violin came into the hands of the main character Ted, this love story spans over more than three decades. We go back to when Ted and Olivia first meet and follow the story, in flashbacks, from there.
Wonderfully written, I couldn't put it down.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wasn’t a book with tear your clothes off hot sex. This book was a slow burn, a symphony that made you want to turn the next page. You wanted to hear more because deep down inside you wanted Ted and Olivia to be together. You wanted them to somehow find their way back to each other no matter the distance.

I’ve never watched The Red Violin but from what I’ve heard about it, this book fits right in with that sort of story.

This book was a shining jewel. I really thought it was the perfect stor
Ann Nicholas
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one who generally goes to the strictly romance aisle when choosing a book (I like my romances fraught with comedy or thriller elements), I cracked open the ARC of Megan Edwards' "Strings: A Love Story," with a bit of trepidation. One never knows what one is going to get: A. With an advanced reader's copy or, B. With a book calling itself a love story. With any work of fiction, I usually need to identify with at least one character who will transport me to storyland and carry me along to the ...more
Ted, a woefully naive elitist who seems to be a violin prodigy (despite doing millions of other things in high school that would not equate to Juilliard unless he was a genius), falls in love with Olivia, a girl who is from a working-class background that has a voice of an angel and acting made of gold (and who also seems way too sensible to continue revolving her life around a guy who could not even fathom the problems she went through, and would not care were it not for her— at least you never ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful read a well written romantic novel that would make a god movie.
Patricia Bello
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the reader copy.

The reason I chose to read this book is because of the movie, "The Red Violin." I enjoyed that moving and this story, with it's love story, seemed interesting. It is interesting. However, I would get confused with the narrator's (Teddy actually) perspective, the way there was no pause between memory and the present. I'd be in the middle of a paragraph before I realized he was either in a memory or currently talking about the present. I got di
Kate Puleo Unger
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strings: A Love Story surprised me. It starts with a snippet of present day and a long missing famous violin. Honestly, I could have done without that whole aspect. The real story starts with a high school romance between Ted and Olivia at boarding school is California. Ted is from a wealthy family, and his parents have serious expectations for his future path. Olivia is the daughter of the campus maid. They’re cast as Lancelot and Guinevere in the production of Camelot. I feel in love with them ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable book which I read in one day. It is very well written and I think it would make a wonderful movie. If your looking for a feel good book this is a great choice. I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this well written romance. Strings has a good plot and characters. I received an arc via Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
Reader Views
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/18)

“Strings: A Love Story” by Megan Edwards is a beautiful love story that will absolutely melt the hearts of romance novel devotees.

Ted and Olivia have been in love since they first met each other in high school, where Ted was cast as Lancelot and Olivia as Guenevere in the school’s production of Camelot. Surely a sign they are meant to be together, right? But fate interferes from the beginning as life gets in the way. Ted becomes a respected violinis
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this is considered a love story, there is much more to the book. The budding relationship between Ted and Olivia was touching. You find yourself cheering them on. And when things don't go as expected, your heart breaks. The way parents interfere in their lives makes the reader sit back and reflect on how he or she may have affected their own child's life.

Life happens and while the majority of the book focuses on Ted's life (which makes sense since he is the narrator of the book), you get g
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a musician, I found the theme particularly interesting - especially the story of the Merino Rose violin. (It would be good to re-read the book, this time listening to the music at the same time.)
No matter how much practise goes into a performance, there will always be a mechanical element which leaves the listener cold & unengaged unless the musician is playing from the heart.
I was glad that Ted chose his love of music over familial expectations for his life's course, & that his successful c
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