Secret of the Song

Secret of the Song When a song by the mad composer Carlo Gesualdo is discovered in Exeter Museum trouble descends on the group asked to sing it Lisa is full of enthusiasm at first but she soon becomes convinced the

  • Title: Secret of the Song
  • Author: Cathie Hartigan
  • ISBN: 9781517114282
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a song by the mad composer, Carlo Gesualdo, is discovered in Exeter Museum, trouble descends on the group asked to sing it Lisa is full of enthusiasm at first, but she soon becomes convinced the song is cursed What is the mystery behind the discordant harmonies Will she solve the song s secret before her relationship with Jon breaks for good and harm befalls them aWhen a song by the mad composer, Carlo Gesualdo, is discovered in Exeter Museum, trouble descends on the group asked to sing it Lisa is full of enthusiasm at first, but she soon becomes convinced the song is cursed What is the mystery behind the discordant harmonies Will she solve the song s secret before her relationship with Jon breaks for good and harm befalls them all In Renaissance Naples, young Silvia Albana is seamstress and close confidant of Don Gesualdo s wife When Donna Maria begins an affair, Silvia knows that death is the only outcome But who exactly will die And where is Silvia s own lover Why is he not there to help her

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    1. This debut novel is a skilfully woven time-slip story. In modern-day Exeter, Lisa and the other members of the singing group Noteworthy struggle to master a recently-discovered madrigal by mad composer Carlo Gesualdo. As time goes on, problems spiral, both musically and personally, and Lisa fears for the safety of her family and friends. In Renaissance Italy, the story behind the music, its composer and his violent and tragic marriage is told by seamstress Silvia Albano.Cathie Hartigan has produ [...]

    2. Those of you who know me well - just read that description. You know I'm going to love it, don't I? You bet I am! Modern and historical thread, Renaissance Naples, two love storiesCathie, you could have written it just for me. But what I really wasn't expecting - and given that Cathie Hartigan is part of the CreativeWritingMatters team that might have been rather daft of me - was that it would be so exceptionally well written. The whole book achieves that difficult balance - across both threads [...]

    3. The secret of the song, a debut from Cathie Hartigan, is a complex timeslip novel about both love and debauchery, of music and of murder.The first chapter sets us in Exeter, where we begin to get to know Lisa, a single parent juggling all the worries of contemporary society who has been charged with performing a piece of music, lost for centuries and recently rediscovered. The music itself comes from Renaissance Italy and a composer, renowned for his murderous history and insanity as much as his [...]

    4. This was a most enjoyable read. I'm often wary of parallel "time-slip" stories as sometimes I find I favour one strand over the other and begin to wish the whole book was written from the favourite point of view. But not so here. I was equally happy to be in either POV - Lisa in the present day, and Silvia in 16th century Italy. Each had its own distinct style, appropriate to the time and place and the thread between the two times was deftly woven together. Even better, each time we moved from o [...]

    5. FYI, I was given an ARC of this book free in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this assured debut from Cathie Hartigan. It's not 'just' a romance – it has mystery, history and a mysterious curse too.The story follows Lisa, whose life begins to unravel following the discovery of a hitherto unknown song by a long dead, mad composer. Bringing the historical aspects to life, it also follows Sylvia, a young seamstress who encounters her own difficulties when she begins work for the ma [...]

    6. Fascinating storyAlthough I found the first few chapters rather trite, I thought the two plots were engrossing. The switch between the two periods was well handled. The Renaissance period dialogue was livelier than the modern. The writer's musical knowledge was clear. I thought the characters were believable although the child Mollie seemed rather precocious. Worth reading.

    7. Good ReadI liked this book. The characters are strong and believable. A good storyline actually there are two storylines one in the past and one in the present time, and the flow between the two times is smooth and not disjointed. My only criticism is that the ending is weak and disappointing, I want to know what happened to them all. I feel that the book is not finished.

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