Review: A Duet for Invisible Strings by Llinos Cathryn Thomas // Or, Older Lesbians Loving Music and Each Other

★★★,5 | How the hell so much pinning fit into such a short story?

“What did one wear, to an evening of pizza, wine and a private harp performance by the woman with whom one was secretly in love?”

48406793._SY475_ (1)Title: A Duet for Invisible Strings

Series: no 

Author: Llinos Cathryn Thomas

Publisher: self-published

Release Date: October 14th 2019

Pages: 84

Genres: Fantasy / Romance / LGBT

SUMMARY

goodreads-add-e1547065951898🎻 F/F Romance
🎻Music & Orchestra
🎻 MCs in 40s/50s
🎻 Pinning

Heledd, leader of the first violins, has been in love with her irrepressible conductor Rosemary for years.

She’s keeping a secret that means she can never be with Rosemary, but the time they spend working and performing together is enough for her – until a near miss with a speeding car forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew.

When the orchestra is mysteriously summoned to perform in the Welsh village where Heledd grew up – a village she hasn’t returned to in decades – the life she’s made for herself begins to unravel, and her secrets threaten to escape.

➽ REVIEW

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I got this book via Sapphic Book Club hosted by @sapphicliterature.

Ok, first of all, I don’t usually relate to characters in their 40s so much but Heledd is such a mood. She legit tried to google what do you wear to meet up with friends before visiting her crush’s house and then she decided she’s a mess but a pridefull mess — and, this is me. I would do that.

But, anyway, we have Heledd, in her 40s, and Rosemary, in her 50s, which already is eyecatching because I don’t usually see romances with people this old. And they’ve spent x years pinning after each other.

They also have an orchestra together and act like a married couple in front of a whole room of children on a daily basis. Yep. This oblivious.

(Ok, in their defence both of them have valid reasons for being oblivious but it’s still super funny.)

So, besides amazing chemistry, pinning, and the beautiful world of classical music — Heledd has made a certain deal. A deal that has left her on the edge for most of her life.

And, like with all deals, there comes the time to pay one’s due.

But wouldn’t it be great to stay by Rosemary’s side instead? Especially since she may finally show a sign that Heledd’s feelings are not as one-sided as she thought.

“She brushed her teeth, put on her nightclothes. She got into bed and turned off the light. And then, in the darkness, she wept silently until her eyes burned and her whole body shook.”

LET’S TALK!


Have you read this book? Are you planning to?

–E.

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8 thoughts on “Review: A Duet for Invisible Strings by Llinos Cathryn Thomas // Or, Older Lesbians Loving Music and Each Other

  1. “They also have an orchestra together and act like a married couple in front of a whole room of children on a daily basis.” DAMNNNNNN!! 🤣🤣🤣😇

    And that end quote! AWWWWW!! 😭😭😭😭🥺🥺🥺 Well, I can safely say you have made me VERYYY interested in this one now! 😍😍😍 AMAZING REVIEWWW, E! ❤️❤️😘😘

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    1. Yeah, they basically had that whole ‘stern parent/ cool parent’ thing MASTERED (bonus points for the ray of sunshine/ broody one dynamics)!! Like??!!! Excuse me, can you K I S S already???

      Thank you, RAIN!! ❤ ❤ And, it's definitely worth your time!! It's a short read anyway 😀

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