Reason for reading: This book was an offer from the author’s publicist. The synopsis sounded interesting so I accepted the offer.
Quote: “I was almost born Happy. Literally…”
Feliu Delargo was born dead. Or at least his mother thought so. But he was spared and grew to become a great cellist. Upon his father’s death, his mother received a crate with some of his belongings and gifts for the children. Feliu was given first choice and so picked a bow. He first began on a violin, but soon found his true calling was the cello, which also happened to be the instrument for which the bow was made. The Spanish Bow is the story of his life, his love for music and his place in Spanish music and politics.
This book was a pleasant surprise. The book is the author’s first novel. This is a love story, but the love is of music. Romano-Lax has written a beautiful story. It is one of love and loss and soul-searching. The search not always resulting in what the characters hoped for.
The book’s main weakness is it’s length. The story likely could have been told in a hundred or so pages less than were used. However this is a small issue.
The Spanish Bow is quality historical fiction from a first time novelist. Though she has never before written fiction her experience is evident.