I am SO excited to be a part of this blog tour for the incredibly brilliant and lovely Lucy Robinson. Her newest book The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is out today! I LOVE Lucy’s writing, she never fails to make me snort with laughter.
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson, author of A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger, is a wonderfully witty and gorgeously romantic story of facing your fears and falling in love.
‘Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She’d rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.
That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows, Sally must return home to London to fulfill a promise she cannot break – to share her voice.
But just as she’s about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally’s doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.
How did he find her? Why is he here? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight?’
For this blog tour Lucy has written a special guest post for me to share with you all…
HELLO! Here I am on day one of my blog tour for The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me. It’s my favourite book and so it’s only fitting that I should be kicking off on a site as venerable, as respected and admired as Victoria Loves Books. Thank you for having me, V-bird, it is an honour!
So, for the next seven days I shall be talking about two things: MAD PEOPLE and FEAR.
The MAD PEOPLE are my main characters from The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me. Over the next seven days I’ll be revealing my seven favourite characters to you, along with some of their best quotes. (Is an author meant to have favourite characters and best quotes from her own book . . ?)
And then I’ll talk briefly about FEAR. Facing your fears; seizing the day, just being brave is a major theme in this novel and at the end of this blog tour I’ll be facing a sizeable fear of my own and showing you a video of the results. ARGHHH.
So settle in, ladies and gentlemen, and allow me to introduce my dear friends. Feel free to butt in with any actor suggestions for the blockbusting film that will surely follow.
Sally is short of stature and wide of bottom. She is from a council estate in the Midlands and she is the main character in my novel. She is a brave, brilliant, wonderful girl who’s overcome some pretty huge obstacles but you’ll have to read the novel to find out about that. Sally has hair as thick as a shire horse’s tail and a broad Midlands accent. She is an absolutely phenomenal singer, but is terrified of allowing anyone to hear her voice. She sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. Similarly, she hides herself in a variety of floaty linen sacks so that people can’t really see her.
Why is she so scared of attention? Well, some of the reasons you’ll have to find out by reading the book. But two pretty good reasons are her parents, Bren and Pat. They’re a pain in the arse. They’re a lot more comfortable with their eldest son, Dennis, who owns a self-storage business called CrateWorld; they don’t understand Sally’s decision to work in London at the Royal Opera House. ‘But there’ll be all sorts of people there,’ her Dad says in horror. ‘Show offs. Snobs. Homos.’
When we meet Sally she’s been single for a while and secretly she feels a lot safer like this state. But then love and tragedy give her the courage she never thought she’d possess. I hope you enjoy her journey as much as I enjoyed writing it. Watch out for the scene with Sally and the man hiding in his own wardrobe.
My favourite Sally Howlett quote: ‘I’m not a thief. I’ve never stolen anything in my life. Except my brother Dennis’ He-Man, and I only stole that because it needed mending . . .’ I trailed off as the man raised an eyebrow. What in the name of God was I saying?
Sally’s biggest fear: Er, well, that’s obvious. Singing in public. She would quite literally prefer to die, thanks.
(My review will be up shortly)