Playing by Heart

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 26 Oct 2017

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Good read . Finished in a few days. Enjoyed it.
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Even though this is an arc all opinions are my own. This was a sweet historical romance that had me crying from the start. Our main character Emilia wants to do nothing more than to fall in love and carry on with her music. But as the 2nd child, this is not possible and she seems to be headed to become a nun. She then loses someone close and writes a piece of music that turns everyone’s head and they sit and finally notice her talent. She falls in love and discovers herself. Would recommend for all those who love a good historical book with a side of romance.
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Unable to review as the wrong book is being delivered to my kindle. Each time I send Playing by Heart I receive Kindred Spirits.
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This book is based on a true story about two talented Italian sisters who lived in the 1700s. Emilia is an accomplished musician who also becomes a well known composer, and Maria is proficient in seven languages and various areas of academia. Maria desires to enter a convent, and Emilia wants to marry a young violinist. Unfortunately, in that time the father decided what each daughter would do for her future, and most marriages were arranged. Can Emilia and Maria attain their desires, or will they be forced to make sacrifices according to their father's commands? I really enjoyed this book, and I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened to the girls. The character development...

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My feelings about Playing by Heart ended up being pretty mixed because it didn't start out very well, the writing felt weirdly clunky (lots of short sentences make a weird rhythm) and I didn't like Emilia that much, but the book ended up growing on me. I think the book took a turn for the better when Emilia's mother died and left the family dealing with that and Emilia starts thinking about something other than wanting to get married and whining about being in her sister's shadow and even their dad becomes maybe a bit more human. Not gonna lie, the mother's death actually made me cry too. I expected this book to be more romance focused, but that part turned out to be a bit more of a side...

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Well, this was a surprise. I never thought I will be able to love historical romances again, or even think of it as anything remotely touching. But this was the right one for me. I mean, Emilia wants to be married and not bound to a convent. She wants more than some Tom, Dick or Harry. And she is willing to go ways for it, to ensure that she has a stable place in life and nothing to worry about. What made me really care about her is her willingness and flaws, she can be envious. She is envious, but when things really comes down to choices she will still place her sisters above all else. And she will still sacrifice herself for her family, and when she does love I really like her. I...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I had never yet read about the Milan nobility. Loved the devotion found within the family and the string focus on education. Finding it was based off of true characters was just an added bonus
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Well written, this book will keep you wondering what will happen to the main characters, and hoping for a happy ending.
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Emilia loves music, and she's worked hard to develop her skill. She hopes that by excelling her Father will finally recognize her use and not send her to a convent. Will she have to sacrifice her heart to save her sister? I found it fascinating that Emilia and Maria are based on two sisters from history. Emilia seemed true to life, especially in her dealings with her sister. That sense of rivalry, in wanting to shine more than her older sister, was completely understandable. They behaved like sisters, and I really liked that. Emilia's drive to perfect her talent was fun to watch. There are supernatural aspects to the story, which did lower how much I enjoyed the story. I also wasn't...

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I was highly intrigued by this book, the blurb although tells you pretty much what to expect captured my attention. I was so happy when I got it, but not long into the book, I realised that it would be so hard for me to read and get into the story. For one the writing is so two dimensional, and I had to force myself to continue reading rather than not giving up. Also, the story fell into the cliche trap so often and didn't move me; I couldn't connect with the story or the characters which make for a bland read.
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