The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.
But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover's dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.
Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school's production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way - family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.
Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?
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When they declare their love for each other as teenagers, Edward Spencer IV (Ted) and Olivia de la Vega never imagine that they’ll spend the rest of their lives finding and losing each other as their careers and circumstances draw them apart, but keep them tethered by the slenderest of strings. Cast as Guinevere and Lancelot in their high school’s production of Camelot, Ted and Olivia were like Shakespeare’s “star-crossed” Romeo and Juliet. Ted, the only son of a wealthy manufacturer, and Olivia, the only daughter of a cleaning lady, may have come from different social and economic worlds, but they share a passion for music and for each other. Through a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, they are torn apart and spend the next three decades building careers and lives without each other, Ted as a concert violinist and Olivia as a movie star. Only when Olivia inherits a rare violin, the missing Guarnerius Merino Rose, and contacts a violin appraiser, is there a chance that the strings linking them to their past might be able to tighten once again. Megan Edwards has crafted a beautiful love story, rich with references to musical pieces, performance art and great literature. She incorporates views of life at an elite private boarding school with those of performing in concert venues in international locales. Besides being a story of love found and lost, hers is a story of family ties and the impact of submitting to or rejecting expectations. Only children, as Olivia explains to Ted, have more to live up to because, “…they don’t have any siblings to take the spotlight off them and they have to carry the burden of their parents’ expectations alone.” As Ted reflects on the course his life has taken in this first person narrative, the narrator of this audio book, Carlyle Coash does a brilliant job of subtly increasing the vitality and passion of his delivery. As a privileged teenager, Ted has a kind of bland existence, but after the colorful Olivia da la Vega brings out his passion for his music and he gains confidence, he becomes a dynamic force in both his personal and professional life. The increasing pace and intensity of Coash’s narration reflects Ted’s development and adds a wonderful dimension to Edward’s enchanting story.Edward’s Strings is a truly superb story that will illicit thoughts of lost loves and possibilities to which anyone who has ever been in love can easily relate. Playlists of the musical pieces mentioned in Strings are available online at meganedwards.com/strings.