Sunday, March 12, 2017

Camille Alexander and the Golden Period Violin is a first book in the novella series. The pace moves rather quickly, minimal conflict between the characters, and issues resolved without any substantial verbal altercations or physical contact, which for some readers can seem a bit odd based on the circumstances. Yet the storytelling reminds me of a Disney special where Cami received a prized-possession from her parents while they were on a business vacation. Unfortunately, her parents return flight ended in a plane crash and Cami only had this golden period violin as an inheritance from them. Therefore, Cami cherished this 1713 Strad violin and she remarkably flourished greatly as a skilled or talented violinist that desired to pursue her dream-goal by attending one of the most prestigious schools with great hopes of obtaining a full scholarship to Ken-Khort in New York. She fosters a not-so-healthy relationship with Jackson but there is a Boaz in the making that clearly wants to protect her and sell everything to be with her, and this Boaz is a close-friend and teacher, Jim.

Although I felt the story and romance moved quite abruptly and rapidly, I also noticed the dialogue primarily tells the story and story movement relying on a narrative voice instead of the story flowing naturally by building the scenes/chapters or showing instead of telling through character development.

However, the strengths of the story was the confidence that prevailed the years of violin training and experience Cami developed over time, and boldly believing in her dream and talent regardless of the critics. The love interest was expected, which the story ended on a positive note. I love to see people pursue their dreams and overcoming their fears or obstacles. The main character also was advised to focus on her talent, not her prized-possession—the violin. Her skill didn’t rely on having her possession but believing in herself and that she could play regardless of who the violin belonged to.

The story did leave me with a thought-provoking question: Are there still problems for interracial couples in the South (Mississippi)? I guess I will have to find out in book 2 of the novella series.

I received a complimentary eBook copy from the author for an honest review.

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