The Rosewood Guitar, Jon's Story (Stone Trilogy, Prequel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“The gentle breeze brought the sent of the ocean and the flowers into the workshop, where it mingled with the smell of wood and glue. The wind chimes rang softly, and when [Jon] listened carefully, they almost sounded like the silver laughter of a fairy, like the echo of laughter in a hidden glade…Dust motes were dancing lazily in the sunbeams falling through the large, slightly grimy window, and from afar they could hear the bustle of the promenade. Jon sat with the rosewood guitar on his knees, touching the smooth wood over and over, tracing the grain with the tips of his fingers. It reminded him of the surf at sunset; copper curls and whirls, golden lines woven through them. He loved the instrument. Its sound was like molten honey, sweet and soft, each tone a melodious statement.”
The Rosewood Guitar is a journey in imagery, language, color, sound and texture. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Kobras has special feeling for lyrical, sensual prose -- her books are beautifully descriptive. She also creates powerful characters that stay with you long after you've read her books. The Rosewood Guitar will find you flipping eagerly through the pages as the tension builds toward that one moment you've been waiting for since the first page...the words that "start" it all. But I won't spoil it by telling you what those words are - you have to read the book!
When I’d read The Rosewood Guitar, I felt as if I’d just returned from holiday. So vivid and colourful are Mariam’s descriptions of New York and Los Angeles, that I’d visited them in my mind’s eye.
New York’s ‘rain-washed streets,’ ‘the glittering skyline of Manhattan,’ ‘the constant song of the big city on its island; the horns of the ships, the thrum of traffic from the bridge.’
Mariam’s writing is so beautifully observational that she can paint a picture with words. Occasionally it can read like poetry, but if it’s well written, this doesn’t detract from the tension or action.
‘The sun was beginning to set as they reached Santa Monica, and driving down to the beach, Jon felt reconciled. He took off his sneakers and walked along the sand to the water, feeling the warmth of a sunny day under his feet. The sky was immense. ( ) Wide slow waves moved towards the shore, only to break in the tiniest whisper of foam at his feet.’
Mariam’s characters are believable. They have flaws and make mistakes, but they also show a warmth and humour that makes the reader relate to them and care what will happen to them as the story unfolds. The pace of The Rosewood Guitar flows as smoothly and effortlessly as the Hudson. Each chapter moves the storyline along but the reader doesn’t feel rushed. Time is taken to smell, hear, taste and see the big cities and what they have to offer. Occasionally Jon’s thoughts on missing his family repeat themselves, but then again, feelings of homesickness do reappear depending on how we’re feeling. I liked the descriptions of the changes in weather between LA and New York. It helped to underline the two halves of Jon’s life.
‘Snow had begun to fall. The flakes were tiny. They looked like confectioner’s sugar drifting on the air, doing intricate dances over the subway grates, gathering in corners and nooks instead of covering surfaces. Jon notes how people looked skyward before turning up the collars of their coats, most of them with smiles on their faces.’
I enjoyed this feel-good, page-turner of a book and the only downside was that I wished it could have been longer…but that’s where the trilogy comes in!