Blurb (as on Goodreads):
When Catriona Drouot, a young music therapist, honours an opera diva’s dying request to help her son, Umberto Monteverdi, recover his musical gift, she knows it will be a difficult assignment. She had shared a night of passion with the once-celebrated composer ten years before, with unexpected consequences.
The extent of her challenge becomes apparent when she arrives at her client’s estate on the glittering shores of Lake Como, Italy. Robbed of his sight by a near fatal car accident, the man is arrogant, embittered and resistant to her every effort to help him. Still, Catriona sings a siren’s call within him that he cannot ignore.
Caught up in the tempestuous intrigues at Umberto’s Palladian mansion, Catriona discovers that her attraction to the blind musician is as powerful as ever. How can she share what she has hidden from him for the past decade? Soon she realises that hers is not the only secret that is rippling uneasily below the surface. Dark forces haunt the sightless composer, threatening his life – for the second time.
Concerto is a sensual and romantic story of lost love and forgiveness, destiny and difficult choices, and of a heroine determined to put things right at last.
First things first, this might be a tome of a book but you need to read it for the breathtaking, picturesque backdrop. Every time I sat with this book, I was transported to Nice and Lake Como. It’s captivating and instantly made me fall in love with the concept of the plot (a romance amidst great view is every Bollywood movie fanatic’s dream)
Now, the plot itself is a bit mainstream and cliche. Catriona is a music therapist, who is about to heal a man she met 10 years ago- Umberto Monteverdi. After a brief one night stand, these two love birds fell in love (10 years ago). In the present day, however, Umberto is Blind and Catriona- his savior. Their actual story unfolds slowly and dramatically as Catriona is conflicted between hiding her true self and laying bare her soul to Umberto, whereas Umberto has a lot of emotional baggage to carry and process. Their personalities are so different and it’s fun to watch them interact. Right from their thoughts to their feelings, the intensity of it all has been put down quite brilliantly.
‘Concerto’ is a page-turner, in spite of a predictable plot. Catriona and Umberto’s chemistry is unmistakable and that’s what makes this a great story. However, the plot tends to get overly dramatic at places, by that I mean reallyyyy…… dramatic. I made my peace with the ‘falling in love after a one night stand’ but emotionally the story can take a toll, to the point of it being annoying (my personal opinion of course).
But, this love story is a romance lover’s dream. If you believe in grand gestures, soul mates, some exquisite music and happily ever after, this story has everything and more.
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*Thank you London Wall Publishers and Midas PR for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own*