Cara Matthews is a musical prodigy destined by her parents and teachers for concert halls, but she is reluctant to follow the path they see for her talent. She meets and falls in love with David Mackenzie, whose dream is to be a composer and conductor. David loves her for who she is and encourages her to be herself and not worry about concert halls. Knowing her parents will object, they run away and marry. David takes her away from her classical training at Juilliard and she stays with him while he completes his own studies.
When he has to leave for his symphony orchestra internship in Chicago, Cara's parents convince them she is best off coming home with them while he is gone. When David discovers they are expecting a baby, he agrees going home is better for her than the financial uncertainties of his internship.
Neither of them expected Cara's stepmother to take advantage of the situation to prolong their separation. Can they find their way back together?
While piano prodigy Cara Matthews has great difficulty remaining focused on her gift of talent, the author had no such difficulty in creating a story of enduring love that touches the reader's emotions page after page, through the highs, the lows, the joys and the sorrows of Cara's life during her separation from her heart's love, David Mackenzie. This is a finely-woven tale of the destructive power of a stepmother's lies, manipulation and deception, and yet of the enduring power of love that remains steadfast through time.
The one distraction in the story was Cara getting engaged to Richard Whitworth when she thought David was lost to her. I never figured out what about Richard attracted her, in fact they didn't seem to have much in common, and never really acted like they were in love, although engaged to be married, which engagement fortunately ended soon.
This love story flows. Like good music, the author does an expert job of pulling the reader into the story and keeping her there. I found it hard to put down until I reached the end - and even when I reached the end.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review.
*Reviewed by guest reviewer, Delores Goodrick Beggs.
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