Oh. Oh My. Aargh! Bleurgh! Argh! AARGH!!! Or at least that’s what I would imagine Sally to say in this circumstance… and probably Lucy herself for that matter.
See, thing is, I have a new girl-crush on Lucy Robinson. I’d not come across her fabulousness before a review copy from the lovely people at Penguin plopped onto my doormat – (Penguin- you have a lot to answer for- including a new crush, several sleepless nights and prune-making baths as I raced through this book).
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me has caused much snuffling, spluttering, giggling, crying and mutterings of “Ha! Wazzok!” to escape my lips over the last few days. Lucy Robinson has a fantastic, irreverent style of writing that will instantly grab your heart and not let go.
Sally Howlett is the perfect leading lady – made more so due to her seeming lack of ability to be this in her own life. You can’t but help adore her. And Julian – well all I can say is that it’s been a long time since I’ve properly fallen in love with a literary hero, but this did it for me. They had better not get him wrong when casting for the inevitable film version, that’s all I’m sayin’ chicken! Ah, Barry from Barry Island… well, I can’t describe him- you’ll just have to read it for yourself.
Basically- I could wax lyrical about this book for pages and pages and completely jam up your screens- anyone that can write such a rich, juicy story, tightly packed with emotion but still manage maintain the most lovably ridiculous voice throughout earns my undying devotion. And yours too – I promise.
This one is going firmly on my favourites shelf- to be read again and again. Due out 19th June!
Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She'd rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.
That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows, Sally must return home to London to fulfill a promise she cannot break - to share her voice.
But just as she's about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally's doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.
How did he find her? Why is he here? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight?
Laugh out loud and follow your heart with Lucy Robinson's The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me.