4 out of 4 stars
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New York City is a place that is brimming with talent, but Mike can’t seem to catch a break. He had hoped to make a career out of playing the piano, but the future is looking bleak. One day he is volunteering in the local soup kitchen, and he hears the most beautiful sound—the voice of an angel. Singing sweetly to herself is Sarah, a young homeless woman. Mike strikes up a conversation with her and feels an instant connection. He begs her to sing with him, and a dynamic duo is born.
As Mike learns more about Sarah’s haunting past, it unlocks the creativity within him. He is on the verge of creating a masterpiece, and it is all thanks to his muse. They begin getting nightly gigs at a bar. Sarah can finally get off the streets and afford a small apartment. Unfortunately, the extra money is not enough to get her health under control. Her eyesight is failing, and her body is weakening from diabetes.
Will Sarah and Mike continue to make beautiful music, or will Sarah succumb to her illness?
The Girl in the Yellow Scarf (Opus Series Book 1) by C. Ray Frigard is a beautifully written story about two people who are desperate to pursue their dreams. The book is written from the third-person perspective and alternates between Mike and Sarah. By providing the alternate views, it gave me the ability to connect with both of the characters.
When I began to read this book, I quickly found myself immersed in the story. I was transported to the busy streets of New York City, where I took in all of the sights and sounds. I felt as though I was sitting beside Mike as he played the lovely melodies accompanied by Sarah. The author did a fantastic job of expressing the emotions that emerged from the songs that the duo performed together. Their rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was my favorite. The writing flowed freely, and each word was beautifully strung together, creating a memorable story.
Besides being swept off my feet by the writing, my favorite part of the book was Mike’s fascination with Sarah. It was evident from the beginning that it wasn’t only physical attraction, and he was drawn to her on a deeper level. I could feel his heart swell every time he listened to her sing. He admired her talent and was in love with the way she made him feel. He said, “Gazing at her as she held the last note, he pondered what had gone into the making of this fabulous instrument. It was way more than a talent or a gift; it was unique because of who she was.”
While the main characters held a special place in my heart, I feel that I should mention some of the memorable supporting characters. Jesse, an aspiring writer, quickly became good friends with Mike as they bonded over beers and girls. He was a devoted friend and would do anything for Mike, even if that meant risking his own life. Another character who left a lasting impression on me was Sarah’s grandma, who she referred to as Grandma Mae. Although Grandma Mae had passed, her prayers and useful advice made a profound impact on Sarah.
I spent a lot of time digesting the book and trying to find something that I didn’t like about it; I came up empty-handed. The Girl in the Yellow Scarf (Opus Series Book 1) checked off all the boxes and left me feeling inspired. The book was professionally edited, and I found no spelling or grammatical errors. I chose to give the book 4 out of 4 stars and would happily recommend it to audiences young and old. Readers who are fans of character-driven stories will fall in love with Mike and Sarah. If you possess a strong passion for the arts, this book should be on your list!
I would be hesitant to recommend this book to readers who are looking for a light romantic story; the book is heavily laced with emotion. It deals with weighty topics that might want to be avoided by a sensitive reader.
The Girl in the Yellow Scarf (Opus Series Book 1)
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