Claudio Roman is a world-famous tenor and perhaps even more well-known lothario. His life is the envy of men in all walks of life, until a fateful random attack leaves him a shell of his former self.
Now, three years later and no longer performing opera, he is still a singer in very high demand—but he knows he can’t be too careful about his security. Women still fawn over him too, so it is hard to understand why, when in need of a new aide and publicist to travel and be with him night and day, he would hire a small, average-looking woman who he will later compare to a sparrow.
Laura is surprised the morning after her twenty-sixth birthday party when she is called into the boss’s office and offered the job of accompanying Claudio Roman on his singing engagement—effective immediately. Hesitant at first, she accepts the opportunity and throws herself into it with all the professionalism she can bring. Soon becoming the only one Claudio requests from the agency, her dedication to making sure that Claudio has everything he needs at all times endears her to the singer. She takes her position so seriously, in fact, that she sees the opportunity to play her sincerity against his cynicism and bring him the hope he gave up long ago. As Laura desperately searches for ways to restore his confidence and stature as a premiere opera performer, she awakens feelings in Claudio he thought were lost forever. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This was a book that was simply poetic to me. It’s unlike me, but I think I loved this book so much purely because of the way the story is told as opposed to the story itself. Does that make any sense? The book was originally in French, so perhaps that was a contributing factor.
Simply put, this was a story full of romance, hope and music. Everything about it was vivid: the description of the scenery, the music and the emotion. Of course, this was often due to Claudio’s need, but I was consistently transported to other worlds. I was so inspired by the story that I went to go see an opera after finishing the book! I’d highly recommend this as an easy and relaxing read that is perfect for the couch-traveler.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of music, France and romance!