Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: Nocturne by Andrea Randall & Charles Sheehan-Miles

Title: Nocturne 
Authors: Andrea Randall & Charles Sheehan-Miles
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Release Date: August 24, 2013
Savannah Marshall is a gifted flutist and daughter of musical royalty when she enrolls in the elite New England Conservatory of Music. Brilliant, eclectic and passionate, she lives music, but struggles with her plans for the future.

Gregory Fitzgerald is one of the most renowned cellists of his generation. A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Conservatory, he is laser focused on his career to the exclusion of friends, family and especially romance.

When Gregory and Savannah’s paths cross in the classroom, it threatens to challenge more than their wildly differing beliefs on music. Friendships, ethics, and careers are put on the line as Gregory and Savannah play a symphony of passion and heartbreak. 

In the final movement, Gregory and Savannah are handed their greatest challenge, as the loss of absolutely everything they’ve held as truths hangs in the balance.


I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
First, I must say that this book contains the most beautiful writing I have ever read.  The writing is flawless and mesmerizing. This is my first book of  both these authors, and definitely not my last.

As the synopsis reveals, this story is about a music teacher, Gregory Fitzgerald and a student, Savannah Marshall. This is not your typical student teacher romance. This is so much more. It’s much deeper than that. Gregory’s first encounter with Savannah is during her audition for the New England Conservatory. She plays the flute. Gregory is a renowned cello player that also happens to be a faculty member.  From the moment he sees her there is a connection. Music is a huge part of the story. Gregory is not your average 30 something year old. He takes music very seriously, and puts it above love, relationships, a social life. However, when he sees Savannah play, he learns that his heart beats for something else besides music, her.

“I caught my breath because it was as if she was speaking to me in a private language only we knew. The room had narrowed, only the two of us, and the music between us.”

“Music is communication. It’s emotion. It’s passion and love and hate and expression.”

Gregory ends up taking over a class, when his colleague is no longer able to teach it. Of course Savannah is enrolled in this course. Once she learns who is taking over the class, she is not happy.  Ever since her audition, Savannah has felt this connection to Gregory as well. The intimate way they are so passionate about music not only explains their deep connection, but it allows the reader to understand them as individuals.  

Throughout the semester, Savannah and Gregory clash in class regarding assignments, papers, music, etc. Their hot tempered situations indicate the passion and the frustration regarding the feelings they have about each other. As I mentioned before, do not go into this thinking this is some affair between a student and his teacher. As much as they love each other, they constantly deny their feelings.

“You’re in love with him, Savannah.”
“I know,” I whispered, covering my mouth to silence the clamor of my tears. I knew. I was in love with him. And it was a horrible mistake.

As the story moves forward, things change. Mistakes are made, hearts are broken. But, in the end it was all worth it. Love is hard and can be a journey This book attests to that. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a love story that goes beyond the surface. It’s a love that many may not understand, but will feel. This beautifully written book will stay with me for awhile. I would love to see more Savannah and Gregory.

“You’re my heart, Savannah. Not in it. Not a part of it. I’m consumed by you. Obsessed by you. I need you in my life any way I can have you.”

Purchase Nocturne, Now!

About the Authors

Andrea Randall 
(taken from Authors Goodreads)

I started writing poetry long before writing fiction. I firmly believe Poetry is a solid foundation for all other forms of writing. It taught me that a single word can make or break the world. 

I write fiction because my characters have a story and they want me to tell it. I hope you enjoy the pieces of my soul that I share with you.

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Charles Sheehan-Miles
(taken from Author website)
This is the part where I tell you about me.  Side Views is my personal blog, where I talk about whatever happens to be on my mind: books, publishing, politics, parenting, whatever.
I’m a forty-ish writer of several novels including Republic, Insurgent, and Prayer at Rumayla.  I’ve got a few short stories and two non-fiction books out there as well.
My background: I spent some time traveling the Middle East on my own in the late nineteen eighties, then went back courtesy of the United States Army as a tank crewman during the 1991 Gulf War.  After that I spent most of the next two decades pursuing dual careers: nonprofit activist and information technology professional. Eventually the two combined: from 2003 until 2009 I was completely in the nonprofit sector, served as executive director of two nonprofits and director of IT of a third.
Unfortunately, when the 2008 economic crash hit, it took my career with it. For several years I had to retool, and managed restaurants in the Atlanta area. Recently I found my way back into my chosen career: I work in veterans outreach and public affairs for a law firm which represents disabled veterans. In my free time I write books, this blog, play with the kids, and generally try to make it through life doing as much good as possible.

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