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A Roman Rhapsody

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From the acclaimed author of Four Hundred and Forty Steps to the Sea and Under a Sardinian Sky comes a lyrical new novel set against a stunning Italian backdrop.

Famed for its natural beauty and rich history, Sardinia in 1968 is notorious, too, for the bandits who kidnap wealthy landowners for ransom. Eleven-year-old Alba Fresu's brother, and her father, Bruno, are abducted
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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The Last concerto set in italy

Visit the locations in the novel

IF music be the food of love, read on….

Sometimes you just want a novel to wash over you and sweep you away without too much effort. This is a novel which lifts you along on a series of musical notes and immerses you, heart and soul, into the beat of a musical career.

Now, in a review of this book, it would be easy to compare it to a musical score. There are crescendos and moments which can be described as Diminuendo. Then there’s the sense that the book should be r
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Concerto by Sara Alexander is a marvellous contemporary novel about the all consuming passion for music.
The novel opens in 1968 and moves forward chronologically as we follow the life of a young pianist. The talent to create music lay dormant until it was awakened and then music took over a life. The desire and dream to create music takes the reader from Sardinia to Rome as we follow the passion. Music is more than just playing notes, it is putting your heart and soul into every piece.
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

The first chapter was a bit of a hesitant introduction for me, but the moment I got past it, it was like something just clicked in me. I could recognize a love of music and the difficulty of perhaps wanting different things than are expected of you. And I’m sure a lot can relate to one or the other if not both. Alba is quiet, the power of her voice is put into her music, and even then, due to her past, she would restrict it and the power of finding her voi
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece of a novel... a must read for musicians and lovers of ITALY

The Last Concerto is a great read. It is the story of Alba, a young girl from Ozieri in Sardinia, who wins a musical scholarship to the Academia of Santa Cecelia in Rome – much against the wishes of her parents. She studies piano. While at the Academia she falls madly in love with Vittorio, a fellow student who is studying cello and to be a conductor. She is the star student of the year, something that Vittorio resents a li
Kathleen Gray
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ah Italy! Set in Sardinia and Rome, this is the story of Alba, a musical prodigy who is lucky enough to leave her poor origins in Sardinia when she wins a scholarship to the Academia of Santa Cecila. Oh the descriptions of the music! Of the food! Of the country! All lovely. Alba falls desperately in love with fellow student Vittorio but her acclaim eclipses his and sadly, the relationship fails. But, never fear, they have a second chance. All of this sounds vaguely simplistic but it's so much mo ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this book is engrossing and entertaining.
The plot is not very original but you cannot help rooting for the characters. I liked the unusual Italian setting and I liked how it was described, quite realistic and interesting.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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