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Overture: A coming-of-age story set in pre-WWI France (Alouette Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The characters were very well developed, and the book was a delight to read from cover to cover."
Donna's Book Blog
"I was sorry to reach the end of this beautifully-written and engaging story."
Liza Perrat, BookMuse, top 1% Goodreads reviewer
"Vanessa Couchman has the ability to bring history to life, and this book was no exception."
The French Village Diaries
"The story is beautifully written, rich in period detail and perfectly evokes the sights, sounds and smells of early 20th century France."
Kate Braithwaite, author of The Girl Puzzle
- ASIN : B07QT1B3K6
- Publication date : May 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 789 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #953,427 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins at the turn of the century. Not the last one, the one before. 19th to 20th. Rural times in the deep south of France. A young girl with a promising singing voice. Tragedy strikes, move to Paris, the voice is trained, success.
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Couchman has penned a slow-paced and charming coming-of-age tale. The author’s knowledge of the setting and period appear sound and she has crafted a convincing and well-rounded protagonist in Marie-Thérèse. The supporting cast are equally well-presented and the pacing and plot twists are executed with aplomb. A light an entertaining read, Overture will appeal to those who enjoy their historical fiction unladen with complex detail and exposition. Recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
Marie-Therese is a survivor and a realist. She retains a certain degree of innocence and avoids the traps of rancour but when possibilities for a different sort of future present themselves, she embraces the changes with an open heart and downright hard slog. There’s still an innocence about her many years later, especially when her romantic aspirations don’t keep in step with her professionally improved ones.
Frederic is an interesting character, and one I hope we learn more about in Book 2 of the series. When his fate seems to be very gloomy, I was visibly moved when reading that part of the story, invested so well in the development of his role in the novel.
Marie-Therese’s relatives– her parents, aunt and uncle – seem very realistic and very much a product of their era and traditional beliefs, residence in Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century not having tarnished their standards.
The downright nasty and mildly unpleasant characters are consistently mean – Fabre; at times her aunt; and a few other fellow performers – but fortunately they are outnumbered by the nicer ones throughout the story.
The author pens the specific era in France with great authority, and is excellent at painting realistic images of the settings. The characters interact seamlessly in their environments – in the rural and in the cities mentioned.
I’d definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a historical tale, and especially to those interested in the Europe of pre-World War I or those who are opera fans!