Still Life with Strings, L.H. Cosway
Still Life with Strings. L.H. Cosway
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Back in 2012 I found L. H paranormal romance Ultimate Power series ( book one still free) and loved it, then I saw she’d written a contemporary romance, Painted Faces which I adored. Fabulous characters, Fred and Viveca 🙂 terrific plot, lots of drama and events that knitted together seamlessly. That’s still one of my all time favourite romances. So anything she produces now I’m interested in, read and loved the last one Nature of Cruelty, and when I saw this I just had to have it 🙂 I’ve just read three in a row that I’d picked but didn’t fit me, and was needing something I knew I’d love so read this yesterday.
Well, its similar in style to her other contemporary novels. Set in Ireland, L.H makes me feel as if I’m there with the characters. I can “see” what she describes. The plots aren’t just fixed one dimensional ones, but take little interludes off to events where we meet new characters, and then later in the book they weave together to tighten all the things we’ve had placed so far, and bring everything together. Its just not possible to predict where she is going to take her characters next, and that’s what makes reading one of these such a treat.
Jade – oh how I loved her. I felt real empathy in how she wanders off into a world inside her head, seeing things that are “real” in her mind that others miss. I was always getting books and board rubbers thrown at me at school for daydreaming, but to people like us its not always a conscious decision. Something catches our eye, a dusty cobweb, a shadow cast by leaves fluttering in the breeze, a snippet of overheard conversation and our minds race away so when it happened to Jade I was away with her, sitting on the moon looking down, seeing sparkling diamonds not rain, taking flight with the birds ….She’s overcome so much that I understood her fear of loving Shane, and yet love isn’t easily held back. Shane seemed to have felt the pull to her right from the start. He also had a difficult past that could have made him afraid of love, but he knew that Jade was special even though on the face they were total opposites. He was one hot guy too, once he persuaded Jade to be with him, and his methods were…well, very convincing!
A beautiful story. Its not just a man meets woman story but a tale of true love, co- incidences and Fate, faith and belief, struggles to overcome when obstacles loom large, and so exquisitely told its tearful just in its beauty. Only one thing stopped a five star rating, and that was the bit when it all goes wrong. In Painted Faces that was drawn out over a lengthy period and I could wallow – one of the reasons I love that book…but here its very short, and didn’t give time for all those sad emotions to really penetrate. Still, its a fabulous book never the less, and a worthy four and half stars. Its a tale that will stay with you long after you’ve finished. It’s priced at £2.49 for 325 pages on kindle, and if you enjoy romance that makes you think, feel, laugh and cry then this is perfect. .
Stars: four and a half.
ARC supplied by Netgalley