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The Beethoven Medal

(Pennington #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Being in love with Patrick Pennington isn't easy. With his all-consuming passion for music, and his desperate need for freedom, Ruth isn't sure there's room for her in his life. Will he ever love and need her in return?
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 8th 1982 by Methuen (first published June 20th 1974)
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Rachel Aranda
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book actually belonged to my mom before she gave it to me years ago. She told me it was called "The Beethoven Medal" when it first came out in 1972, but they switched the title for a little bit before going back to the original title. I was intrigued by a book with two titles so I asked to read it. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down! K.M. Peyton shows that a well written book with great characters will never go out of style. It is a book that I love because of how perfectly imper ...more
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although a huge fan of her Flambards novels, I had tried and not gotten through the early book about Patrick Pennington. I was startled when I picked this one up and realized she had introduced Pennington to Ruth Hollis from the "pony" book series that began with Fly-by-Night. Unlike other authors who try to blend their series and are unsuccessful (for example, Madeleine L'Engle who gets tangled time-wise but perhaps doesn't care), Ruth and Pat have instant chemistry and are an oddly convincing ...more
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed reading this story. It is a teenage love-story, and a good one of those is so VERY hard to come by, but when they are done right can be so good. This was a good one. Of course, being in that genre, be ready for lots of FEELINGS and teenage angst, but it's done so well and convincingly. I really liked that the male character is the ever-popular dangerous bad boy/talented genius/needy boy type, and he never did get completely figured out. Now I want to read more by Peyton.
Louise Culmer
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ruth Hollis, the pony mad heroine of Fly-by-night, has a new passion in her life, patrick Pennington, the moody, difficult, trouble prone hero of Pennington's seventeenth Summer. pat is working as a baker's boy, and Ruth hopefully mows the lawn every day at the hour the bread is expected. Shy but determined, the lovestruck Ruth slowly gets to know the reserved Pat and a relationship gradually blossoms. but with pat trouble can never be far away, and then there is the professor, who is determined ...more
Brianna Clark
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. I read it when I was a teenager. I didn't know then that there was a prequel, (Pennington's Last Term), and two sequels. I recently read the prequel, and now I have re-read this book. Penn is now called "Pat". He is going to music college in London and working as a bakery delivery boy when he's home on holiday. "Pennington"s Last Term" was told from Pennington's point of view. In this book, we see things through Ruth's eyes. Ruth is a new character, she wasn't in the la ...more
Priscilla King
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone willing to take a realistic view of True Romance
Recommended to Priscilla by: author's reputation
Patrick Pennington was struck on skinny little Sylvia at the end of his Seventeenth Summer, and he might be tempted by rich Claire or old flame Rita, but in this book he meets the love of his life, Ruth Hollis, the problem pony rescuer. Not that Ruth can rescue Penn. Nobody ever can. Peyton never gives a character an easy time. But they're a pair...and this story is a nice cautionary tale for anyone who fantasizes about reforming a "Bad Boy." Patrick's not even really bad so much as thoughtless, ...more
Tabitha Suzuma
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favourite childhood author who read my first attempt at a book when I was 17, despite having never met me!
Inspired my first published book: 'A Note of Madness'.
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Ah I remember reading this book when I was about 12/13 and it was my very first book that pulled me in emotionally.
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“It suits here now to forget last year, but she'll never make me forget last year, not if I live to be a hundred. I didn't know much then. I know now that there's people like her who want to be friendly for what you do, not what you are.” 4 likes
“He considered for a moment, then started to play a piece that was very familiar to Ruth, although she had no idea what it was. It was lilting and wistful, and she could have sung the melody if she had wished.
'Alright?' He raised his eyebrows inquiringly.
'Yes. Exactly.'
It was effortless and perfect, and he played it through to the end, closing with the softest and most delicate chords, which hung and faded in the quiet hall like the grains of dust raining through the evening light. Ruth was touched. It was all she had wanted. He did not move until there was complete silence again, then he closed the lid without saying anything, and stood up, shoving back the chair. ... 'What was that piece?'
'A Brahms waltz.'
'Hasn't it got a name?' she wanted it to remember.
'Number fifteen. Opus thirty-nine.'
It hadn't sounded like numbers to Ruth.”
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