She plays from memory. Her memories. The day after her 16th birthday, Princess Alia finds out that she's been given away in marriage to a man she's never met. The war has just ended, and for Alia's protection, she must travel to her future kingdom disguised as a chicken farmer's daughter. This princess-to-pauper story is filled with problems, prayers, and plenty of piano. This is the first book in the Counterfeit Princess series.
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There are moments (in the book reading world) in which particularly moving books stand out. Piano Girl is that book for me. It has transcended a lot of what I assumed to be love. Dory's musings mirror a lot of my own, about life, about perseverance, about listening to GOD with both reverence and patience.
I also love historical and slightly fanciful stories. The diction is inspirational, we should all literally go back speaking with purpose. Mrs. Murray is perspicacious and her writing quite honestly helps me in my walk with Christ.
This is by no means the first time I've read this book. I've actually read it at least 5 or 6 times. Yet hearing the voices with it, it has kind of rocked me. This review may not be entirely clear. I don't know if you guys are like me, but I usually consume books. They are my weakness. There are times when after a book, you kind of just sit and think. This is that time for me. It was such a beautifully written and well told story. I am a bit in awe.
I've never actually used audible until now. I enjoyed it immensely. I won't say what the book was about, because I think every one should read it for themselves.
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
This was a very enjoyable listen full of wonderful characters, some fanciful, and an imaginative solution to a problem. The author did a fantastic job developing the story and the narrator delivered a great performance.
My only issue with this listen is that as the story lines converged, the true identity of the Piano Girl just took too long. I was ready for the HEA long before it came. Still, that's personal; I don't think anyone else listening will be bothered by that.
I am 71 year's old I listen to a lot of mysteries I like cute ones I really like the cozy mysteries I like Christmas mysteries and horror
this book is a wholesome family book my granddaughter liked it very much she wants book two.
I received this book free from the publisher, narrator and or author via audio book boom
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but whatever it was, this book wasn’t it — it was so much more.
The Piano Girl: Counterfeit Princess was such a fun book. Even though I wanted to know what happened, I was truly very sad knowing I was coming up on the end of this story. I can always read it again, and I will, but there’s just something about reading a book for the first time that grabs my heart in a way that can never be with a reread. You just can never read a book for the first time twice. Profound, I know.
A well-written, imaginative story, this book by Sherri Schoenborn Murray has believable characters that I feel like I now know intimately. I really can’t rave enough. As I listened via Audible, as opposed to reading a paper copy, I would be negligent to not also tell you about the narrator. As much as I loved the story itself, Sarah Zimmerman made it even better. Her voices and expression added depth to each character and really brought out the humor. She did a beautiful job.
Princess Alia of Blue Sky is a fairly spoiled girl who suddenly finds herself on a journey she could never have dreamt of, a journey that’s quite difficult and long, to meet the betrothed she doesn’t even know she has. Over the course of the trek, under the guise of chicken farmer’s daughter (it’s a dangerous, war-torn world, and the princess whose marriage will unite two kingdoms would be a perfect hostage), Alia learns much about herself, her privileged life, and the people of both her kingdom and those surrounding. She meets murderously mean citizens but also genuinely kindhearted, gentle souls, who would give away the little they have if they think it will benefit someone else. She’s deprived of many comforts and often frustrated by Felix, her “chicken farmer father”.
Many obstacles arise in Alia’s path… gypsies, learning to peel potatoes, not knowing who is to be trusted, giants, swamp pox, and an enchanted forest maze… just to name a few. Once she arrives at her destination, Yonder, Alia’s adventures continue. With so many girls impersonating her, though, Alia must be careful, lest she be deemed a counterfeit princess as well.
This book kept me guessing, kept me wanting “just one more chapter”.🙂 I so enjoyed following along through Alia’s story of growth and true love.
I’d liken this story to a lava cake… on the surface it strikes you as a chocolate cake with the potential of being fabulous, but the inside holds surprises greater than you might have imagined.
(I apologize for any misspellings… Since mine is the Audible version, I never saw the text of this book, only heard it.)
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