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The First Violin

The First Violin by Jessie Fothergill
By: (1851-1891)

The First Violin is a captivating novel that immerses the reader into the world of music, love, and society in 19th century England. The protagonist, Hester, is a talented violinist who defies societal norms by pursuing her passion for music. Her journey is fraught with obstacles, including a forbidden romance with a wealthy aristocrat, that test her resilience and determination.

Fothergill's prose is beautifully descriptive, transporting the reader to the elegant ballrooms and concert halls of London. The characters are well-developed and complex, with their own desires and motivations that drive the narrative forward. Hester's struggle to balance her dreams with the expectations of her family and society is both relatable and inspiring.

The themes of love, ambition, and societal expectations are skillfully woven together, creating a story that is both thought-provoking and emotionally resonant. The First Violin is a timeless tale of following one's heart and finding one's place in the world, making it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and romance.

Book Description:
May Wedderburn is a quiet provincial girl, living in small and seemingly boring Skernford. Underneath the dull exterior, there is mystery, suspicion and fear in this little town, surrounding the austere local wealthy landowner who is very interested in marrying poor May. It looks as though she will have to marry him whether she likes it or not until an unsuspected alliance is formed between her and a respected old lady. They both escape to Germany where music and excitement await them.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 16, 2016
The story is good, the unknown reader needs to identify herself; she's that good!! Please identify yourself so I can find anything else you may have done. BTW, your knowledge of German is commendable.
Reviewer: - May 7, 2013
Subject: Good but ....simple
I had to look up to see when this author was born, because the writing style was close to what many period romantic authors of today write in. I felt almost at the times the piece was OVER romanticized and didn't hold a good speck of reality to it. The wording was simple, and it could prove to be an easy read. It was definitely an easy listen, but to be honest, I was not impressed with the blah-se ending.
Reviewer: - April 16, 2013
The reader brings this tale to vivid life. A most excellent read from a reader who's too humble to give her name. From this mystery reader I would listen to anything...

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