Music & Lyric
by Jasinda Wilder
Amos Bell is a musical prodigy, possessing a once-in-a-generation talent for piano. With little to no formal training, he can play anything from Rachmaninoff to Ravel purely by ear, and play it flawlessly, with an emotive expression that defies belief. This talent takes him from his home in Chicago’s South Side to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and introduces him to Lyric Walker, who immediately takes up residence in his heart and challenges his worldview.
Lyric Walker is a songwriter. It’s her one true passion. Too bad her restrictive but well-meaning parents don’t see songwriting as a legitimate career choice for a young woman of Lyric’s elite pedigree. To appease them and still pursue music, she attends Eastman School of Music for opera, for which she has extreme talent but little passion.
Amos and Lyric find their way into adulthood, and together they face the ultimate challenge when an unexpected loss forces Amos to rethink all he holds true. Fraught with emotion and underscored by the transformative power of music, Music & Lyric explores loss, the importance of music, the necessity and beauty of artistic expression, and how love can transcend and overcome all obstacles.
My ARC Review:
Wow, this was a magical read – full of emotion and inspiration – a wonderfully emotive read, beautifully descriptive with some gut-wrenching heartbreak, all about finding yourself, believing in yourself and trusting in that one true love – this was a stunning read from start to finish, not one I could put down and I would advise you not to miss this one!
Amos has grown up with the love of his mum, working as much as she could to put food on the table, trying to keep her boy on the straight and narrow, not an easy task growing up in the south side of Chicago. Skipping out on a school trip with his 2 brothers in arms, they wind up in a shopping mall, where Amos finds a piano. He has a secret no one apart from his mum knows about, his love for playing the piano, real classical music, but is self taught having never been able to afford lessons – this piano calls to him and he plays it, disappearing into a world of his own as he plays. He is spotted by a director of a top class musical college, who invites to him apply on a full scholarship, knowing he has found something very rare and special in Amos.
Lyric is the daughter of very wealthy parents, who have her life planned and mapped out, going to Yale and marrying into money and the elite. Lyric has other ideas, she has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 12, playing for her own lessons as her parents didn’t support her music ideas. All she has ever wanted is to be a songwriter, but has agreed as a back up to go to music college as an opera singer as a backup plan for her father. Whilst she is there at her interview, Amos is also there for his piano recital, he hears her singing and just has to stop and see who the voice belongs to – they have an instant connection and know that this is just the start of a special friendship.
College is hard for them both, Lyric is studying something she really doesn’t want to do, and Amos is struggling with the work and how hard it is, when suddenly things become so much harder with an unexpected loss neither could have prepared themselves for – this type of loss is a life changing event for them both, changing the course of their young lives forever.
I really don’t want to give any more of the plot away, as it has to be read to be appreciated, to understand the beautiful descriptions in the book and to get lost in their story. I guarantee you will be blown away with this one! Not to be missed.
NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.
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