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Young Adult Fiction 1138
Dahlia's Music
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Dahlia's Music is a well-written story of a young woman's life in Victorian England and Scotland that really conveys what it was like to live then - the restraints for girls/women and the differences in society from today. At its heart, though, it's a love story that spans several years and goes beyond just the boy and girl getting together. Dahlia and her beau, James, don't have the impediments to their relationship found in other period pieces (like differences in class, etc.). Although they like each other, they get married because of other events and THEN get to really know each other under very trying circumstances - she doesn't remember their wedding! The whole plot really comes along nicely - if a bit slowly at first, but every word just makes the characters like friends and when I finished the book, I kind of missed them. A sequal would be welcome!
Good Points
Great characters that are believable - each has their own strengths and weaknesses. Unique story line and the heroine, Dahlia, has the unusual ability to hear music in her head that she associates with people, animals, and places - unusual. Liked the gypsy storyline. Actually 3 loves stories tied into one, with 3 murders and intrigue.
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