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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Thumbs Up Thursday: A Sunset Finish by Melinda Moore

An enchanting love story with the right amount of angst and struggle from beginning to end.

The story takes you into the life of Stephanie, a young violinist who is starting her first job in the New Mexico's symphonic orchestra. It is a change of life that will lead her into a path of self-discovery as she fights her depression and self-harm tendencies, while she falls in love.

Bruce is a man who has his own secret struggles---struggles that will take Stephanie down a dangerous road that could have her losing everything, even her soul. Although the story was a little confusing at the beginning, I recommend that you persevere. The paranormal elements are very well written as I suspect being possessed is a very difficult topic to write well.

As the reader goes deeper into the story, they discover what has shaped Stephanie's life, and Ms Moore describes her character's depression with sensitivity. Stephanie is vulnerable, but not weak, which makes the reader like her. Bruce is strong. Just my type of hero. He is mysterious at the beginning but as the story goes further you see a depth to the character. It is then that you understand why these two characters are so drawn to each other. I liked her descriptions of the supernatural events very much and Ms Moore's writing style and descriptions allow you to feel as if you were the one living it---immersing you into this mystic world of music and ancient religions held together by a magical love story between these two lost souls.

Reviewed by Vero
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Stephanie Minagawa travels to Albuquerque as a last resort for her music career, only to have her violin split apart in the arid air. When she takes it to a repair shop on the pueblo, she enters a world of spirits and yearning. Her body is taken over by the ghost of the craftsman’s dead wife, and she must decide between the quiet death she’s longed for, or claiming a new life of music and love.

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