BOOK REVIEW: Elly Uncomposed
by Valerie Niemerg
ABOUT THE BOOKS (from Amazon):
Elizabeth Kirtenpepper loves the opera. But she never wanted to be in one. Certainly not a real-life opera. So, when a strange magical twist of fate transports her into The Marriage of Figaro, Elizabeth finds herself swept out of the orchestra pit and into the scullery of the ruthless and domineering Count Almaviva.
Stuffed into a corset and forced to wear impractical shoes, Elizabeth meets Figaro, Susanna, and the whole cast of memorable characters, but no one is sticking to their story, and a strange, hooded villain is running through the estate, unraveling every bar line and fermata of Mozart’s score! Elizabeth will soon have to summon her own inner diva to vanquish calamities from leprosy and sexual politics to revolutions in Spain. But the reticent little pianist from Kansas may just end up changing her own story as well, when she discovers that everything she ever really needed to know. . .
well, she learned it at the opera.
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Valerie Niemerg, the author of Elly Uncomposed sent me a free copy of her book in exchange for an honest review, so here it is…
Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed so much it made you want to go back and lower the 5-star rating you gave a few other books? That was this book for me.
I loved this story! In the first chapter, I wasn’t sure that was going to be the case. The main character, Elizabeth (Elly), is a rehearsal pianist. And the first chapter started out with a lot of music references. I wasn’t sure I was going to understand a lot of it, but it wasn’t that way through the whole book.
At the end of the first chapter, Elizabeth’s dad dies. He leaves her a book, and when she starts to read it, she finds herself IN the story. The story—and most of the book—is based around the opera The Marriage of Figaro. I didn’t know anything about that opera, which was totally fine, but I did end up watching it just out of curiosity.
So we follow Elizabeth through the story of the opera as the plot goes off track multiple times and she tries to fix it. I just felt totally engrossed in the story whenever I was reading it. I loved the main character and all of her somewhat funny, somewhat serious experiences throughout the book. In the end, the story is about Elizabeth finding herself and discovering what is really important to her.
If you tend to enjoy literary fiction, check this book out. I absolutely loved it!
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