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The Virtuoso

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Performance is everything to a virtuoso. Could you give up the one thing you were born to do?

Ever since her emergence as a child prodigy Isabelle Bryant has only ever known one love - her violin. Then, aged 32, at the height of her career, the unthinkable happens. What do you do when everything depends on the dexterity of your fingers, only to lose them in a horrifying ins
Kindle Edition, 460 pages
Published May 2018 (first published December 15th 2014)
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Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(3.5) After a vicious attack ends her professional career as a violinist, Isabelle Bryant must find a new purpose in life that still incorporates her love of classical music. Burges has crafted a compelling story about how one woman turns tragedy into opportunity. (She has also been a classical violinist, so it is no surprise that she discusses music with loving familiarity.) Despite sobering elements, this is ultimately a heart-warming tale about starting again when life seems over.

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Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

This was a good and touching story. The cover is beautiful. I was surprised at the end of the book by how much I enjoyed it. It was one of those books that was hard to put down, but also; a book I didn't want to finish to fast. It was a great book. It was written well. Also, not too long. i would definitely re read this book in the future.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was given this book by goodreads for a fair and honest review. this is a wonderful tale of loss,hope and new beginnings. I recommend this book for everyone who has asked the question, what would you do if your whole life changed in an instant? hold on tight and enjoy the ride that is the virtuoso.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exploring life, love, passion and pathos.

British author Virginia Burges makes an impressive literary debut with THE VIRTUOSO – a novel that embraces Virginia’s passion for music in that she is an accomplished violinist who has performed in amateur orchestras. Her background is in the travel industry as a sales representative for Quantas Airways (she is half Australian!) and as a writer and editor for Travel Places, a specialist travel company, who organise the travel for sports teams and individ
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The author is brilliant as she surrounds the main character with all of these relationships to set the stage of the complicated life of a master violinist and the dramas and challenges all around her, Howard, her jealous husband an insecure narcissist was making life impossible for Isabel. Eventually his emotions exploded and Isabelle fell victim to his rage in ways that took my breath away and made me gasp out loud. Her sister, Lily, with damaging secrets yet to be told. This book screams so po ...more
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A finding yourself after a tragedy story with love, music and travel

The book starts at the top of the main character’s violin virtuoso carrier. She is struggling in her marriage, and her husband is mentally then physically abusing her, so she can’t play the violin any more. She reaches her absolute bottom, but with the help of her friends, she slowly finds herself, finds love and make peace with herself and her family members. Nice detailed descriptions about the famous locations she visits, mus
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I want to thank Virginia Burges, author and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for the eBook Kindle copy of "The Virtuoso" that I won in the Giveaway.

Isabella Bryant started playing the violin at age four and became "The Virtuoso" as a teenager. In her early thirties she has an accident and her hand is damaged so she can't play any longer. The plot involves violence, life changing direction with personal experiences making Isabella a brave and special main character. It was a an enjoyabl
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a fascinating novel about a classical violinist who suddenly needs to chart a new course after the devastating loss of her ability to play her instrument. I was horrified to think of just how awful that would be for any musician, let alone one of Isabelle Bryant's caliber and fame. She was called "Beethoven's Babe" and had a wonderful career, talented husband, and good friends. She traveled around the world playing her Nagyvary violin (I did not previously know about this violin, and it ...more
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Music Lovers and Book Lovers Alike
Recommended to Purple Birch by: A friend
For music lovers and book lovers alike, The Virtuoso offers complex themes and human emotion with notes of musical comparisons. The protagonist, Isabelle, feels that the violin is an extension of her body. It is her life. Unfortunately, her husband, Howard Miller, a conductor, is the sore spot in her life. His jealousy turns everything into an argument. As his anger and drinking grow deeper, Howard’s manipulation of Isabelle grows darker. Isabelle decides to run away from him but is physically a ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway, and was very excited to read it because I also have a music background, although not at the level described in this story. The story was interesting, and the author drew me in immediately in the first chapter. I loved the descriptions of her life experiences in music, and the adjustments that she made in view of other events in her life. If I have a constructive criticism, it would be that I wanted to know the characters better, other than "H" because she rose off ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It was a goodreads win and it had me hooked with the first chapter. I couldn't imagine losing my ability to play an instrument when she had the success she had. A very thought provoking book and well written. I am going to loan this to my mother as I am sure she will love it, then I may e read it again in 8 months or so.....which I never do, I enjoyed it that much!
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful, beautiful novel, with a page-turning plot and an inspiring heroine. Can't wait for the author's next book!
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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‘Every player gets nervous before a performance.’

Isabelle Bryant, a professional violinist, is the title character. Her Nagyvary violin, on loan from Nagyvary, is an extension of her body, another limb. She’s thirty-two years old when the novel opens, at the height of her career. Isabelle was the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and her first solo performance was at the Royal Albert Hall where she played Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Beethoven is her passion
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review.

I was intrigued by this book, as a classically-trained musician myself. The musical aspects of Isabelle's story rang true to me, which was very satisfying. This book, however, is less about music than melodrama, and needs to come with every trigger warning ever. This kind of soapy story has never been my favorite, but other readers may savor all the twists and turns - of which there are many.

(Potential triggers f
Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I really wanted to like this book, and was intrigued by the story, but I couldn't get past the stilted dialogue and clunky transitions. The conversations are very formal, even between friends, and there are a lot of missing pieces that do not get shared between characters. For example, when the doctor calls H to let her know Isabel is in the hospital, H then breaks down with her husband and tells him she knew that she should have done a better job ke ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this Kindle edition through the Goodreads giveaways, and wish I could say I enjoyed it. Not Amazon's or Goodreads' fault. The book is in such dire need of editing that the errors kept taking me away from the story, which I found extremely aggravating. Every page is fraught with punctuation errors. I don't know why the author even bothered with any and just wrote it as stream of consciousness. Of course that wouldn't have gotten rid of the grammatical errors as well. Overall, I found t ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sadly, I had to force myself to finish the book. I was originally excited to read it, however, it was a disappointing long romance harlequin book style. Not my style. Won Kindle Edition from Goodreads and Virginia Burges.
I received this as a Goodreads giveaway. I liked the book but found it dragging in a couple spots. There are errors here and there as well in punctuation and missing words. The story is a good one though and worth reading.
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“I’ve found from my own experiences that the world generally gives you back what you believe about it, like a mirror reflecting our role in it.” 3 likes
“When she played it they were one – she didn’t know where the Nagyvary ended and she began.” 0 likes
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