The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She'd rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.
That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows, Sally must return home to London to fulfill a promise she cannot break - to share her voice.
But just as she's about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally's doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.
How did he find her? Why is he here? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight?
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is Robinson’s third book. This is about a girl called Sally, she loves to sing opera; however she has a fear of singing in public and so takes refuge in her wardrobe where she knows no one can see or hear her, or so she thinks.
When I began reading this book, I was unsure if it was going to be for me. I have little interest in opera and it seemed that this was the key theme in the story; however I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The story jumps from present and the past to retell where Sally is at now; to begin with I found this very challenging to read, however once I got into the story it began to flow and I quickly got immersed in it and was enjoying it greatly.
I particularly enjoyed reading about Sally, Fiona and friends in New York, I felt I really got into this part of the story and could have been there with them. I liked reading about Sally meeting Julian, I could vividly see this happening, and the dialogue the characters shared was humorous and sweet.
Sally is a timid and shy character; I enjoyed seeing her develop through the story to come out of her shell more. Her cousin who is like a sister to her, Fiona is completely different, she is more outgoing and confident. Fiona wants to be a ballet dancer, her aunt; Sally’s mum is against performance and tries to keep Sally away from it.
I really liked Barry in the story, I thought he bought a fun element to it and humour. I did feel that some characters I didn’t really get to know very well, Bea being one of them and as I read further into the story I found out why this was necessary, but I do feel I would have liked to have gotten to ‘know’ her better.
Jan also bought fun and humour, his one liners really made me chuckle, especially when he went to visit Sally’s mum.
I did not find the story predictable at all, just over half way through the book I had a huge shock, which I was not expecting. This kept my interest alive for the book and I wanted to find out more.
Overall I did enjoy the story; my only negative is that I felt it was a little long. About 100 pages from the end I thought it was drawing to a close and it could have done. The extra was nice; however I felt there had been closure at this point.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this to review in exchange for an honest review.