Wonderful story! You don't have to love the theater or operetta to enjoy this book but if you do, then it will be more than good. It will be magical.
A struggling new opera house in the Austrian mountains. A
tenor with a huge voice and an even bigger chip on his shoulder. A
middle aged soprano with the voice of an angel and the body of a bean
bag. Two eccentric "direktors" , an austere and secretive costume
designer and a medley of fully drawn cast members all weave together
into an unforgettably rich tapestry of music, beauty, secrets of the
past, pride, bigotry and sabotage.
I'll tell you what I both love
and hate Diane Pearson for in equal measures. She never shields her
characters. Sometimes, you want to jump into the story and say "No!
Don't do it!" but her characters are nothing if not human in every
sense. They (some) will make what I consider to be bad choices. They may
or may not pay for this. (Just like real life). And others find just
one more layer of goodness you never knew they had. But they're never
wooden. We learn their past and even if we don't agree with the
direction their life is taking, we understand.
I love that not
everything is tied into a neat bow at the end. Enough is settled to be
truly satisfying but there's always a few threads left trailing to make
you wonder over the next few days, "I wonder what so and so is going to
do now that..." and then you smack yourself cos its just fiction and of
course 'so and so ' isn't going to do anything. 'So and so' doesn't exist. But they could. That's how real they are.
SEX : Behind closed doors
PROFANITY: Mild. B's and D's.
MY RATING: PG