Bespoke

BespokeBespoke by Amanda Dykes
Genres: Christmas, Historical Romance
Published by Lanternwood Press on September 14, 2015
Pages: 120

 

Famed composer Giovanni St. John’s Secret Symphony captivated the world. His daughter Aria St. John knows the truth about the secret ninth symphony, as well as the loss that accompanies it. Determined to break free from the tragic loss she suffered years ago, Aria concocts a gift that will bring her healing and honor her father in the final days of his life. On the small Isle of Espior, only one person can help her – the village blacksmith and her once-treasure childhood friend. Can they come together to create this one last gift for her father, or will the loss of years ago come between them?

Imagine my intrigue when a short story that I presumed to be all about bicycles was also about music

Imagine my intrigue when a short story that I presumed to be all about bicycles was also about music – symphonies, in fact, and the daughter of a famous composer, who has come home with her father toward the end of his life. The mystery of the ninth Secret Symphony in the prologue was soon eclipsed by the sheer sweetness and charm of Bespoke.

As a shorter piece, Bespoke hit the mark– enough is revealed about the characters to spark my interest and the resolution feels complete.

Shorter fiction is often tricky for me. Because of its brevity, sometimes I’m left feeling bereft of some key element that longer fiction provides. As a shorter piece, Bespoke hit the mark– enough is revealed about the characters to spark my interest and the resolution feels complete. I wanted to know more because of the beautiful writing, not because it lacked in any way.

Impressed by the ease and intelligent manner in which the story flowed, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the lives of Aria and James, her friend from years ago. While there is a romantic note to the story, first and foremost, this little tale is full of hope about overcoming pain from the past and forgiveness that brings grace and healing when they are needed most.

Though this is set during Christmas, I think it can be enjoyed at any time.

Though this is set during Christmas, I think it can be enjoyed at any time. I will definitely be looking out for future work by Amanda, and I would be one happy reader if she ever publishes a full-length novel.

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