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Lovely Strings Paperback – December 26, 2012
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In the beginning, I liked the way each character was presented with one salient fact about themselves (presented by their thoughts and/or words). Then the author continued to reinforce that one fact through the chapter, so when you saw someone's name you remembered who they were and subsequently their story. This is helpful when a number of characters (especially all women) are introduced all at once. I really enjoy novels with multiple story lines that converge at some point and this one was executed wonderfully.
The small snatches of insight from the prisoner between each chapter were a great addition. They are small sections with big thoughts and addressing large issues. I could not wait to see how that tied in with the story about Patricia. I also really enjoyed following her progression of rediscovering God and then embracing him. This was very powerful and great to read.
I personally dislike Patricia and loathed Drew. Overtime Patricia grew on me a bit, but I just kept feeling she was such a meddling, overbearing person and sometimes that really got on my nerves. I appreciated that she was trying to fix things and bring people together before her death. I believe she was a good person at heart, but could be so selfish it was blinding at points. I'm glad the women in the story found it in their hearts to forgive her or at least try. Drew however had no redeeming qualities to me. I appreciate that he was described as a nice man who was a great boss and hard worker. But every time he was featured in the stories, he seemed like he wasn't acting like a good person and was constantly thinking of himself. The way he handled the situation with May, just basically avoiding her without an explanation once he decided he'd rather be with Patricia. Really disliked him. Stephen seemed like a really sweet, genuine man. Though he made mistakes at times, he owned up to them and overall was very caring. May went through a lot and was so strong; absolutely my favorite character.
The ending was sad and happy and wonderful. I'm so glad these women got to form new intimate relationships with people they never would have know existed otherwise.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it was so enjoyable!
The seven women all receive a letter from a law firm stating that each is a beneficiary of a bequest from an anonymous person. They are all summoned to a cabin in the woods for the reading of a will, but there is a bad storm. The bridge into the cabin is blocked by a fallen tree and they become stranded. They are an eclectic group of women who are thrown together in a cabin, but have no idea how their lives might tie together. Who is the benefactor? What, if anything, do they have in common?
The women begin to reflect on their lives and their personal stories and startling revelations unfold. The story becomes an adventure with the camaraderie of the women and the mystery of it all. How can one human being alter the lives of so many?
The story has an intriguing cast of characters that will capture your heart with a lot of twists, turns, and surprises to be found throughout. I was captured early on and the pace of the story kept my interest and made me eager to read on. The author clearly knows the human heart which is portrayed in her writing. Lovely Strings has a powerful message. It speaks to the heart about redemption, hope, and new beginnings.
I have only one negative comment - At times I was disappointed with the editing - grammatical errors, misspelled words, etc. But, it did not deter me from reading on. Take the time to read this book - you will not be disappointed. An amazing read that will evoke many emotions. I highly recommend.
Note: I received a complementary copy of this book for an honest review. The opinions shared in this review are solely my own.