While this is considered a love story, there is much more to the book. The budding relationship between Ted and Olivia was touching. You find yourself cheering them on. And when things don’t go as expected, your heart breaks. The way parents interfere in their lives makes the reader sit back and reflect on how he or she may have affected their own child’s life.
Life happens and while the majority of the book focuses on Ted’s life (which makes sense since he is the narrator of the book), you get glimpses into Olivia’s life. You finally discover a mystery in part of the story. And what a great twist this brings to Ted’s life.
So where does the title, Strings, come from? To me, there were three themes that fit with the title. For one, the strings on the violin plays a primary role in Ted’s life. Then you see the strings of family ties that control Ted’s and Olivia’s future. And, finally, you can imagine the strings that continue pulling Ted and Olivia together and apart.
This was a lovely tale that will have you stopping to listen to the pieces of music featured. That just added a depth of emotion for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Imbrifex Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.