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Love at First Note by Jenny Proctor
Emma Hill was practically born with a violin in her hands. She lives for the life of the piece, for each song's story, for the perfect stillness after the endnotes when the vibrations of sound are still humming through her body.
If only her love life were that harmonic. But she knew her chances at love would take a hit when she decided to leave her prestigious concertmaster position in the Cleveland Orchestra and move back home to Asheville, North Carolina. She justifies her actions with the fact that being concertmaster for the Asheville Symphony is better than no dates and no job.
But when Emma's world collides with piano-playing YouTube sensation Elliott Hart, she finds herself falling for the way he plucks at her heartstrings. Despite a, ahem, not-so-good first impression, the two soon develop the beginnings of a rhythmic relationship. But when Elliott insists they can't be together, it's up to Emma to strike up a little romance. Will she be able to bring their two worlds into harmony, or will she only manage to get herself in trouble?
Let's start with the cover. Isn't it cute? I really enjoy the simplicity of it. The background color makes it pop, and it definitely is something that would catch my eye to pick it up to look at.
I enjoy music. I always have. I like listening to it, singing it, playing it, etc. I've never been passionate about it though. In fact, I can't tell you the name or artist of most songs :) But who hasn't had an experience of some music moving you to tears, or if not to tears, touching something deep down? Music is powerful, so when I read or hear about people (like in this book) who music is a need it really strikes me because while I can't relate to the passion, I can relate to the power.
Emma's character was great. It amused me how tongue tied she got when trying to speak to other people, unless she was really comfortable with them. That, I can definitely relate to. Sometimes she's stubborn to the point of everyone else must be wrong if they don't agree, and a little judgmental. However, I loved how she was willing to rethink her positions and really listen to what others were saying (after she had calmed down).
I was taken along Elliot's and Emma's romance, and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I read at the beginning how this was originally going to be a novella, and boy am I glad that the author changed her mind about that :)
For an almost 300 page book, it is a really quick read. Definitely entertaining, and one of those books where everything (like dishes and laundry) gets put to the side so you can read one more chapter, that turns into the whole book :) While there is kissing in the book, it wasn't anything that when my daughter grows up I would have a problem with her reading it. Highly recommended.
Love at First Note is a clean, sweet, and fast read. I was annoyed that I had to take a break from reading to sleep and go to work. 😉 It is a little different from many in the genre in that the relationship really went through a lot before it worked out. But that is definitely a compliment to the book-it helps connect the reader emotionally and makes the story more realistic.
I really liked the characters. Emma was so awkward at times it was hilarious. And although the reader isn't given a great first impression of Elliott, his attitude is understandable and he and Emma both have so much goodness in them that is shown many times throughout the story. The secondary characters (Lilly and her boyfriend Trav) were also a fun addition.
I'm not very musically inclined but I really enjoyed the musical aspects of the story. The talent the main characters had and their hard work to get far in the music world was very interesting.
This is well written and I would definitely read more by this author.
This was one of those "started yesterday, finished today" books. Granted, part of that is because I'm sick and don't have the energy to do much more than read, but most of it was because this is such a good book!
I love the author's style of writing. Emma's inner dialogue was very entertaining, and kind of similar to my own inner dialogue. And I can totally relate to Emma's "talent" with speaking to people. ;)
I could also relate to the feelings that Emma got when she played music or when she was listening to Elliot play his music. Not that I have anywhere near that talent in playing music...or any talent really...but I completely understand getting lost in the music and just feeling the power of every note.
Wouldn't it be great if we could all have a best friend like Lilly? She was such a wonderful addition to the story. Actually, I really enjoyed all of the supporting characters. Lilly and Trav, and all of Emma's family all sound like people I would like to get to know.
I love how there was conflict and deep soul-searching moments in this book - it makes a romance book so much more believable and realistic when those things are included. Definitely a book I would recommend.
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Title: Love at First Note
Author: Jenny Proctor
Published: March 2016
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review
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