Thursday, March 17, 2016

Love at First Note by Jenny Proctor {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Love at First Note by Jenny Proctor
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications
Emma Hill was practically born with a violin in her hands. She lives for the life of the piece, for each song's story, for the perfect stillness after the endnotes when the vibrations of sound are still humming through her body.

If only her love life were that harmonic. But she knew her chances at love would take a hit when she decided to leave her prestigious concertmaster position in the Cleveland Orchestra and move back home to Asheville, North Carolina. She justifies her actions with the fact that being concertmaster for the Asheville Symphony is better than no dates and no job.

But when Emma's world collides with piano-playing YouTube sensation Elliott Hart, she finds herself falling for the way he plucks at her heartstrings. Despite a, ahem, not-so-good first impression, the two soon develop the beginnings of a rhythmic relationship. But when Elliott insists they can't be together, it's up to Emma to strike up a little romance. Will she be able to bring their two worlds into harmony, or will she only manage to get herself in trouble?
My Review: 5 Stars
I couldn't help being a total fan-girl over this book! I love music and always have. I played the violin for years, although not to this degree, but I could relate to a small measure, the passion and dedication it takes to make beautiful music. 
Emma is extremely talented and she doesn't just feel the music, but it becomes a part of her heart and soul. She's not eloquent and often sticks her foot in her mouth, but when it comes to music, she's a completely different woman. Her violin is such a part of her and I enjoyed every piece of her and her talent.
Elliott is a piano prodigy and when his YouTube career is on the line, he moves to a small town to regroup and focus, but how can he, with a dueling violinist right next door? He's a very conflicted character--one who evoked a lot of emotion from me. I absolutely adored him one minute and was beyond frustrated with him the next, but underneath his inner struggles, he's the sweetest, most passionate, and almost perfect guy.
I loved the setting, the characters, the realistic struggles, the music battles, the process of composition, and the growth--on so many different levels and between so many different characters. These people felt real to me! This story has stayed with me for several days, just simmering in my mind. The ending. Oh, that ending had me in literal tears! What perfection! I laughed; I cried; I might have even blushed a little from embarrassing comments and situations.  *sigh*
Content: religious elements, specific to the LDS church, but not preachy; no language; mild, swoony romance (kissing); no violence; references to being drunk. Clean!
*I received a copy through Covenant Communications in exchange for an honest review*
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  1. I played the violin too growing up. Still pick it up sometimes when I am asked to play in church, but not as well as I used to. :) I really enjoyed this book too.

    1. That's awesome, Lisa! We should do a duet sometime. :)