The Blue Guitar by Arnold Greenberg

The Blue Guitar by Arnold Greenberg
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (43 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Orrin is powerfully drawn to a blue guitar he sees in a music store when he is twelve and is taught to play and compose haunting music by a master teacher. While working as a janitor, he is attracted to Emily, a para-legal secretary. He knows if she could only hear his music she’d know he is more than a janitor.

When he plays Rhapsody, the song he composed for Emily, she is overwhelmed and falls in love with him. Orrin now has the love of his life until she is hit by a drunk driver. While in a coma, Orrin knows his music will bring her back but is forced to stop playing by the hospital and he loses her. His music grows sad until he realizes he must play beautiful music to have a love like Emily come to his life.

Music lifts people up when they’re discouraged and comforts them when they’re sad. There’s a song out there for nearly every occasion you could imagine. Whether or not a song can make two people fall in love, though, still remains to be seen.

Orrin was such a well-developed character. His kind and gentle personality was impossible for me to resist, especially once the difficult pieces of his backstory were revealed. The fact that he was so painfully shy only made me like him even more than I already did. It made perfect sense given what he’d been through. I had a great deal of sympathy for him and couldn’t wait to see if he’d muster up the courage to pursue all of his dreams.

While I could easily imagine what it would be like to have a conversation with Orrin, I couldn’t say the same thing about Emily. She was described as beautiful, but I was never able to come up with a clear picture of what her personality was like. The fact that Orrin was so enamoured with her made me really curious to know what it was he loved about her so much. Had more time been spent showing me who she was, I would have easily given this book a much higher rating as I otherwise enjoyed it quite a bit.

I liked how the fantasy elements of Orrin’s adventures were gently folded into the edges of the storyline. The romance was definitely the main focus of the plot, and there were a few times in the beginning when I honestly wasn’t sure how literally I should be reading certain scenes. That ambiguity worked nicely with all of the uncertainty in the rest of the main character’s life as well. This is the sort of tale I’d mention to fans of the romance genre who have not read any fantasy before and are not sure what they think of trying something new. It was a wonderful introduction to stories that can’t easily be boxed into any one genre.

The Blue Guitar was a whimsical romance that I’d recommend to anyone who is in the mood for something magical.

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