The Harp and the Fiddle by Lila DuBois


The Harp and the Fiddle by Lila DuBois
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (236 pages)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Together they make sweet music…but opening her heart could release the ghosts of her past.

Glenncailty Castle, Book 1

Caera Cassidy has spent two years building the historic—and haunted—Glenncailty Castle into one of the most sought-after hotels and performance venues in Ireland. But she can’t say it’s her dream. She lost that years ago when what she thought was love led her to a dark place not even her music could reach.

Once in a while, though, it’s safe to pretend. And that’s what she’s doing when she plays her harp on the empty stage in the castle’s theater.

When American folk musician Tim Wilcox spots the mysterious woman at the front of the theater, he’s enraptured. Not only by her virtuoso skill and ethereal voice, but by her dark beauty—and the shadows in her blue eyes when she insists she’s no musician.

Wary of repeating the mistakes of her past, Caera tells herself she can indulge in the pleasure of Tim’s company, his touch, without risking her heart. But she hadn’t counted on Tim’s determination to convince her she’s worthy of her gifts. Or on lingering souls who live in the castle, who are growing restless, ready to warn her that deadly mistakes are not meant to be repeated…

Music, haunted castles, and Ireland, oh my! A great setting and feel for The Harp and the Fiddle. It’s a journey of soul searching, love, and of course, music. What more could you ask for?

Caera once had a love for music, but it seems a dark place took that away. She lives behind a wall so high that it’s difficult for anyone to break past it. She cuts herself off from everyone, putting all of her work into the castle. That is, until a young man inspires her to come out of her shell and live again. Thank you for that, Tim!

Tim is visiting beautiful Ireland and doesn’t expect to be so enchanted by Caera, let alone find love with her. But they make amazing music together. Tim cracks me up–they both do. I love the humor that filled the story.

The beginning started off on the slow side, but after a few chapters, I was able to really get into the book. I love the setting, the idea of haunted castles and ghosts, and music, so this was a perfect set up for me. Tim and Caera’s relationship was a hot one from the start, as they both felt an attraction but had their own reasoning for keeping away from it until they couldn’t hide it any longer.

I enjoyed the author’s voice. Ms. Dubois has a great way of description, wit and charm that made for The Harp and the Fiddle to be a delightful read. Whether you are or aren’t a fan of music, I’d say not to miss this delightful tale of love and new chances.

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