Book Review: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

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Title: The Music Shop
Author: Rachel Joyce
ISBN: 9780813996685
Publisher: Random House

Synopsis:

“An unforgettable story of music, loss and hope. Fans of High Fidelity, meet your next quirky love story.”—People

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE TIMES (UK)

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people’s needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music—and love—in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction

My Review:

The Music Shop is a love story, but it is not your typical Chick-Lit.  It is edgier and a lot slower pace.  Once I get used to the writing style, the book is very enjoyable.  I recommend this book to all fans of music.

I really like the way Joyce describes music, from pop to classical.  I learned so much from it.  It made me want to listen to Beethoven’s moonlight sonata after the lesson.  I felt like I was not enjoying its full content.  Now I want to listen to all the songs that the book has mentioned.

3.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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