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(Rutshire Chronicles #5)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,046 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Abigail Rosen, nicknamed Appassionata, was the sexiest, most flamboyant violinist in classical music, but she was also the loneliest -- although madly attracted to the fatally glamorous horn player, Viking O’Neill.
Paperback, 896 pages
Published April 7th 1997 by Corgi (first published 1996)
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Back in my late teens and early twenties in the 80s and 90s, my favourite author was Jilly Cooper. Her frollicking sex n' scandal tales of toffs and top totty romping through the British countryside kept me entertained (and enlightened!) for hours, so when they all popped up for 99p on Kindle's Daily Deals last week, I couldn't resist snapping 'em up!

Instead of going for the most famous ones first (Riders, Rivals and Polo), I started with Appassionata, the fifth in the Rupert Campbell-Black ser
Minty McBunny
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: january-2018, 2018
By far the weakest entry in my favorite trashy series of all time, Abby is utterly hideous & unlikeable & the plot fails to engage me at all aside from Marcus’s story. Still, Jilly at her worst is better than most of the US trashy novelists combined at their best, so I forgive her. Score! is pretty bad too but at least it takes it’s ludicrous premise so far over the top that it’s campy fun. This book is just dull.
Ummmmmm. It's 80% a dud. I loathe Abigail, the heroine, I find everyone else in the book, including her OTP Viking and her friend Marcus (Rupert's son from first marriage) boring etc etc. Classical music is great to listen to, but makes the most boring novel topic. The 20%? The whole deliciously long sequence with Rupert and Taggie going to adopt in Colombia (Taggie can't have children - for why, see Polo) and actually ending up with two kids because Rupert ends up getting attached to this hideo ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
lol - after reading this i read a blog by the nzso who were travelling around the world at the time - in my imagination i imagined them to all be rutting around like the people in Appassionata and Score heheheeh
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nice story, though a little too much romping in this one - I was fearful all the characters would end up with bouts of chlamydia, or worse.
Great thread with characters that can irritate and thrill you all at once.
Summer read must!
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buy-on-kindle
I just loved it. Jilly's books are such a comfort and a joy to read. So easy, so light. Loved the characters, loved the sprawling plot. Fab.
Arto Mutka
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am working my way through this series... This is number 5 and by far my least favourite. It is way too long at 900 pages. I liked the beginning and the end but the 500 odd pages in the middle not so much! Really a lot of useless content as fodder in the middle of book. So many characters that we don't need in the book. Riders and Polo were great and the other two I had read were OK but this one makes me less than eager to pick up the next one in the series! Highlights of the novel was the touc ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I LOVE Jilly Cooper. I could not seem to warm to the heroine, Abby, in this book. The ending was fabulous, it really made the book for me. And it was very cool to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the music world.

I'm still sighing over Riders, Rivals and Polo, my favourites.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was one Jilly Cooper that I hadn't read before, so it was good to read it in order with the other Rutshire books. This one follows Abigail Rosen, a young Violinist who is let down by the man she loves - typical Cooper!! She tries to cut her wrists, but only ends up not being able to play her beloved instrument. Instead, she learns to conduct and is persuaded to help turn round the fortunes of a failing orchestra, one full of huge egos, overdrawn bank accounts and raging jealousies. Her frie ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy broad satire, have a bit of a clue about the British class system and are open to novels that lead you on goose trails with hijinks and shenanigans all the way to a neatly and delightful ending, you can't do better than Jilly Cooper. Her books are, to use the English expression, "a lark ", filled with high comedy, pretentious snobs, salt of the earth types, love stories, romps, successes and rightful devastation of the villains in the plot. The plot, however, is always so serpentine ...more
Kay Mccormick
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very pleased to discover this author, who is well known in UK. Some of the best escapist fare ever. A fun frolicking romp throughout. Apassionata is a continuum of The Rutshire Chronicles, a fictional area of West England. Tells the story of a regional symphony orchestra and its highs and lows, it's colorful divas and egocentric characters. I really enjoyed this book...could have been about a 100 pages shorter, however. Still a delightful reading ride.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
It's just fun. Ms. Cooper writes deliciously naughty comedy, and gets most of the details right about the intersection of art (classical music) and business. The only cringe-worthy moments were those when the main characters pined for their lovers' attentions with something like the worst internal dialog from an arch romance novel.
Louise Rose-Innes
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jilly Cooper is a genius. She's witty, writes well, has great descriptions and her characters are so well developed, relateable (is that a word?) and human. I read this book for research into the music and opera scene which features in my next series of romance novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and laughed out loud on several occasions.
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
While this was yet another good book by Jilly it did take a long time to read, more so because I'm not into classical music making reading tough going. Happy to eventually get to the end of this particular book.
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I admit I was a little frightened to start this one. The idea of a classical music back ground did not appeal. I could not of been more wrong. Jilly Cooper again brings to life characters you either love or hate but never feel indifferent towards
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I cried! I always do at Jilly Coopers books!

I found I wanted to read the story of Marcus though, than Abby - I didn't really like her - and towards the end, I could barely sit still while reading through the competition!

Eager to start Score! - the next book in the series.
Fiona Squires
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Just another standard Jilly Cooper tale - a cast of thousands including characters old and new indulge in various kinds of debauchery centered on the Rutminster Symphony Orchestra. If I'd have thought that being a member of an orchestra was this much fun, I would have kept up playing the flute.
Abi Fuller-gardener
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read other reviews of this book, I quite enjoyed it. Has a character called Abigail. Don't get that often!
Nancy Black
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Actually enjoyed this wild romp through the world of Conductors,Diva's, make up girls, and the whole cast of characters. I don't know how Jilly Cooper does it but it was a whirlwind intense read.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not particularly fond of some of the content of Jilly Cooper's novels but she writes a good story.
Rachel Kidd
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I think I was definately getting beyond Jilly Cooper by the time I read this book, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good, just me I think.
Alison  Banks
Still an amazing book
Abby Jean
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
OK - not the best in the series. turns out I have limited interest in orchestras.
Taryn Pierson
Dec 06, 2015 marked it as dnf
Setting aside for now. Too many more tempting books at the moment. I'll come back to this when I inevitably get burned out and need light, naughty fun.
Lee-anne Mager
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
think my Jilly Cooper days are done
Judy Beyer
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
One of my secret hideaway authors.
I just wish her editor had corrected the name of the song mentioned as 'Lydia Pinker'. Remember 'Lily the Pink'?
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yes I love Jilly's Rutshire chronicles infinitely! I didn't even like the main character but still really enjoyed the book :)
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this. I loved the passion and the courage this book brought out. Cooper is a fantastic writer who managed to capture a certain type of English spirit very well indeed.
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good read, took me a while to read it though.
Dee W.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
I hate this book. I hate all her books. None of her characters are worthwhile human beings. Grr.
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Jilly Cooper, OBE (born February 21, 1937) is an English author. She started her career as a journalist and wrote numerous works of non-fiction before writing several romance novels, the first of which appeared in 1975. She is most famous for writing the six blockbuster novels the Rutshire Chronicles.

Other books in the series

Rutshire Chronicles (10 books)
  • Riders (Rutshire Chronicles, #1)
  • Rivals (Rutshire Chronicles #2)
  • Polo (Rutshire Chronicles #3)
  • The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (Rutshire Chronicles, #4)
  • Score! (Rutshire Chronicles, #6)
  • Pandora (Rutshire Chronicles, #7)
  • Wicked! (Rutshire Chronicles #8)
  • Jump! (Rutshire Chronicles, #9)
  • Mount! (Rutshire Chronicles, #10)