A DUET FOR INVISIBLE STRINGS
LLINOS CATHRYN THOMAS
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Paranormal Romance Novella
REPRESENTATION: FF Relationship
A Duet for Invisible Strings is a beautiful romance, with paranormal elements and an older sapphic couple.
After Heledd saves Rosemary from a potential car accident, she feels that ‘They’ are coming for her, to take her away from the life she’s built. The sense of Heledd’s unease as she senses ‘Them’ closing in on her is palpable.
There’s a real building of danger and claustrophobia as her world spirals away from her. It’s beautiful accomplished and utilizing the shorter page-count perfectly.
The romance between the two women — or rather, Heledd’s pining after Rosemary, as it’s her POV we share — has a well-worn feeling. It’s a relationship that’s been in progress since before the story started and that the reader is coming into mid-stream. It really feels like the characters have known (and pined) for each other for a long time. The characters are older than I usually see in romances — 40s and 50s — which was wonderful to read. It was great to see two women who’ve known each other for a long time, had experience and achievements, sharing something new.
It’s a beautifully subtle romance.
Heledd, leader of the first violins, has been in love with her irrepressible conductor Rosemary for years.
She’s keeping a secret that means she can never be with Rosemary, but the time they spend working and performing together is enough for her – until a near miss with a speeding car forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew.
When the orchestra is mysteriously summoned to perform in the Welsh village where Heledd grew up – a village she hasn’t returned to in decades – the life she’s made for herself begins to unravel, and her secrets threaten to escape.