Time and again, Willa Forsythe told him she was not romantically interested in him, and time and again he ignored that and insisted on wooing her anyway. If a notorious playboy singlemindedly pursued a girl today, we'd call him a stalker or a creeper, but because this is historical fiction, it's supposed to be okay?
Nope, rubbed me wrong.
Willa herself didn't really win me over either. I like con artists, but I don't like liars, and she did too much lying and too little conning for me to really warm to her.
Now, once she told Lukas the truth? I settled right in and liked this book from then on. It helped that Barclay was on the scene then too, and he elevated the story from oh-can't-they-just-either-get-together-or-give-this-up tiresomeness to something I dug. I really am looking forward to reading An Hour Unspent, which I hear focuses on Barclay instead of one of his sisters.
I also very much liked Lukas' little sister Margot -- her habit of praying by using numbers really intrigued me. God understands every language and created mathematics, so of course you could pray with numbers if that makes sense to you. I'd just never thought of it! So I liked that.
The basic plot of this is that thief Willa Forsythe is charged by the mysterious V to find and steal a secret code from famous Belgian violinist Lukas de Wilde, who has escaped the German occupation of Belgium and is raising money in Wales to help other Belgians. Lukas' mom and sister are still in Belgium, he knows not where. Willa is a violin prodigy herself, and I did enjoy lots of the musical content of this book.
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Particularly Good Bits:
She felt, as she listened to the ninety musicians following the motions of the maestro into a frenzy of musical bliss, as though she were seeing true beauty for the first time. She felt bigger and smaller all at once. More alive. Closer to death. Fear and peace, love and sorrow. She felt like she never had before. And it left her with energy coursing through her veins, stinging her fingertips (p. 115).
"My mother always says that the one you're meant to marry is simply the one you do marry -- it's not a matter of romance, it's a matter of deciding to love and make it work" (p. 122).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for veiled references to Lukas's playboy past, spending nights with random women, as well as for violence and suspense.