The Lost Concerto by Helaine Mario

The Lost Concerto

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Description:

A woman and her young son flee to a convent on a remote island off the Breton coast of France.  Generations of seafarers have named the place Ile de la Brume, or Fog Island. In a chapel high on a cliff, a tragic death occurs and a terrified child vanishes into the mist.

The child’s godmother, Maggie O’Shea, haunted by the violent deaths of her husband and best friend, has withdrawn from her life as a classical pianist. But then a recording of unforgettable music and a grainy photograph surface, connecting her missing godson to a long-lost first love.
The photograph will draw Maggie inexorably into a collision course with criminal forces, decades-long secrets, stolen art and musical artifacts, and deadly terrorists. Her search will take her to the Festival de Musique, Aix-en-Provence, France, where she discovers answers to her husband’s death, an unexpected love—and a musical masterpiece lost for decades.

A compelling blend of suspense, mystery, political intrigue, and romance, The Lost Concerto explores universal themes of loss, vengeance, courage, and love.

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In the prologue, we meet Sofia and Thomas. They are on the run from Sofia’s husband who is Thomas’ father. Sofia stole a journal and manuscript from her husband and read them. This caused her to go into hiding with their son. Only, they weren’t really in hiding. By Sofia doing what she thought would disguise them, it actually made them stand out more everywhere they went. So the man found them easily.
He threatens the life of his own son by putting a knife to his throat. Sofia throws her flashlight at him and then perishes after the man stabs her, only for Thomas to run off and get lost in the mist but to be safe from his father. Sofia and her son had asked for sanctuary and to remain safe in a convent and her prayers were not answered.
Maggie, who is Thomas’ godmother, knows pain beyond compare. Her husband and best friend were murdered in particularly violent crimes. Her son has grown and is twenty years old or so and has a wife with a baby on the way. Maggie is alone in the apartment they once shared and doesn’t like how quiet it is. The quietness gets her to thinking and remembering and that’s just not feasible.
Maggie’s life is thrown upside down when a picture appears and she has no idea where it came from. But she knows that SOMEHOW and SOMEWAY it connects her godson to her first love. This picture, which seems insignificant in the grand scheme of things, sends Maggie into a tailspin of sorts. She now needs answers to more questions than she can fathom. Her life is thrown into danger as she crosses paths with some shady characters but she will not give up her life without knowing why things happened the way they did and what caused them to happen.
Maggie wants to learn why the father of her son faked his own death. She learns from the FBI of all people that he just might still be alive. But she can’t fathom why he would have wanted to leave her or their son. So now she is more determined to find him than ever, knowing there’s that chance that he’s alive. But at the same time, she learns that he could have been part of the reason her best friend was murdered all those years ago. More questions arise and she wants to go on to the journey and adventure to find them. What she expected and what she got are two very different things.
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This book is, without a doubt, amazing. I was captivated from the first page of the prologue until the last page of the book. This book has it’s ups and downs but is a great read. Maggie is a character that you are rooting for from the first time you meet her until the end. The loss of Sofia in the beginning sets a dark scene for the book but it does get better in spots. A great addition to my ever growing book collection and I WILL be reading it again. Give it a chance. If you don’t think the book is for you, I’m sure it’ll change your mind once you start reading!
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$9.99 on Kindle
$20.93 Hardback
430 pages
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(I received the Hardback version)

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