Review: Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

20725005Blurb from Goodreads

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?


Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published March 22nd 2014
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This book surprised me from chapter one. The main character, Jade Lennon is witty and straight forward. And beyond her appearances, I started to love her. She’s an awesome character. She knows she has flows and baggage but never once she gives up her life. She always thinks positive and lives her life freely and is a family girl. I especially love the way she thinks and fantasying things of her surroundings. She makes ordinary things become magical. No wonder Shane falls in love with her. As her love interest, I think he’s a strong character too. He completes her perfectly with his imperfect life. I just love how he gives Jade time when she asks him but never give up on her. There is also fate involve in their relationship. It surprised me, in a good way, unlike Just One Day. Their fate feels possible and understandable. Hence, I can buy their relationship easily.

Although the story feels slow, it was quite engaging to me, though in second part of the book it feels really slow and there were time when I want tell Jade to quit ignore her feeling. And since I’m not familiar with some of British words/phrases here, I have to look out to my dictionary to know their meaning. But it doesn’t make me less enjoy reading it because it’s well writing. In fact, in some part, mostly the part where Jade describes something, it’s written beautifully and so vivid I can feel her.

This’s surely one nice first encounter with L.H. Cosway books. I’m going to read her other books for sure.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

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