The Violin Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00VWFZTN0
- Publisher : Fire Star Press (April 21, 2015)
- Publication date : April 21, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1545 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 211 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1511655569
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,429,616 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story starts with Genevieve, a school teacher in modern times. Genevieve grew up in foster homes and doesn't have a strong sense of family. After skimming a newspaper, she learns of a violin for sale. There's something about the violin that resonates deep in her soul, something she can't explain. Hoping to settle her anxiety, Genevieve locates the violin and buys it.
Now in her possession, Genevieve needs to sate her curiosity by discovering what the man was like who owned it - John Douglas. Scared, yet determined, Genevieve takes a trip of the heart, leaving North Carolina to go to the hills of Pennsylvania. The old town is still there, but the Douglas homestead is in ruins. Genevieve is on the verge of quitting her quest when she falls and hits her head. When she awakens she learns it is 1927. The homestead is thriving and John is in his twenties. Genevieve goes with the flow and quickly makes friends with John's family. The attraction between Genevieve and John is strong. Genevieve longs to stay in 1927 with John, but internal conflicts cloud her decision making. She also has questions that need to be answered. How did she time travel? Will her presence change time? John has secrets of his own. Will the power of love over come time and history's dictates?
McNeal piques the reader's curiosity, building the mystery surrounding John's violin well. Genevieve follows the clues and takes the reader along for the ride. The author has done her research and it shows. The story is rich with detail and description, painting a romantic setting.
The characters are interesting. Genevieve is afraid of many things, yet dares to overcome her fears. John is patient and steadfast, traits in a hero that are admirable. Even the supporting cast is a delight.
What I enjoyed most was the ending. There's a plot twist that sneaks up on the reader and puts everything Genevieve's been through in perspective.
The story is "sensual" for romance readers with Genevieve and John sharing heated kisses. The love scene is tasteful and embodies the passion the couple shares.
Overall, "The Violin" tells a gripping tale, full of emotion, that makes the reader believe love conquers all - even time.
The heroine Genevieve Beaumont loves antiques and fills her modern day apartment with remnants of the past. Since she grew up as a foster child, she naturally yearns for a family to call her own. The day she finds an old violin in a shop is the day her life changes. She learns that it had belonged to a man named John Douglas who died at a young age in 1929.
Readers who love a time travel romance will find Sarah J. McNeal's novel an excellent, well-written read. Even if a reader doesn't normally read time travel romances, trust me, you will still love this story.
You might think you can figure out the plot, but Ms. McNeal keeps you riveted right to the surprising end.
I highly recommend The Violin.
Rising Star Reviews
A delightful story!
Genevieve Beaumont often dreams about a teasing rogue from the turn of the last century. A collector of antiques, she sees a well used violin in a shop. Stunned, she's certain the violin belonged to the man in her nocturnal adventures and goes through a time warp to find him.
Former foster child Genevieve longs for warm family ties and fills her apartment with furnishings from yesteryear. She is haunted by dreams about a man who plays the violin beguilingly. When she finds a violin with photos and his 1927 death certificate in an antique shop, she has enough information to research the life of John Douglas. Locating the abandoned Pennsylvania cottage where he once lived, she enters it. Overcome from the shock of its familiarity, she faints to the floor. When she awakens, she is doted upon by the enticing rogue and his entire family.
John's mother, Matilda, worries over Genevieve, the pretty young woman who somehow wandered into their home. Matilda convinces her to stay by asking for her help with making pies, a cake, and baked beans for the church picnic. As the Douglas family guest, Genevieve learns that John is considered a wild, bad boy and is sometimes with Ruby, a femme fatale. He also has a tender side. Genevieve falls in love. Does Ruby cause him so much anguish that he drowns himself in two feet of water? Can Genevieve save him? Will she have to leave this wonderful man and era?