Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bel Canto

It's a beautiful, sunny afternoon here on the coast of Maine. My husband went fishing so I took advantage of the peace and quiet to read on our screened porch

I've looked at this book so many times at the bookstore. I'd pick it up and read all the awards it's won then I'd read the premise and lose interest. It just didn't appeal to me.

A couple weeks ago I joined the local library for the summer and the friendly librarian recommended it so I figured, what the heck, it won't cost me anything to try it.

I loved it! It is so well written! Her descriptions are just beautiful and the strange situation seems ordinary. Basically, a group of terrorists invade the home of the vice-president of a South American country where a birthday celebration is being held for a Japanese investor. At that party is Roxanne Coss, an opera singer hired because she's the investor's favorite singer. See what I mean? It doesn't sound that great, does it? But, what happens over the months that they are held hostage and the relationships that develop make for an amazing story.

And the ending! I'm still trying to work that out!

So, if you're like me and have been putting this book off, put it on the top of your TBR pile!


Dar said...

I have been one of those who has put off getting this book because I'd read the description and think it didn't sound good despite what people had said. Guess I may have to give it a go one day anyhow. Nice review Linda, glad you enjoyed it.

Literary Feline said...

This is a book I've been wanting to read, but keep putting off. Looks like I will have to get to it soon! I am glad you enjoyed it, Linda.