About the Book:
Twice-widowed Arabella Mayor has made a place for herself and her son in Everland, selling and lending her beloved books to other bibliophiles in the sweet town. But she's running out of money, and ten-year-old Eddie is giving her fits, and their future is uncertain. Re-marriage might have once been an option, but Arabella knows she's past her prime, and isn't the Beauty she used to be. And as her beauty faded, so did her worth. What does she have left?
World-renown violinist Vincenzo Bellini is at ease with his carefully cultivated reputation of a beastly recluse. After all, the fewer people looking at his hideous scars, the better. Ready to retire, he's trying to hide in Everland, but doesn't count on the townsfolk being so curious... especially a particular bookseller who reminds him of the life he abandoned long ago. Can he teach her that worth isn't tied to their appearances, or will he have to abandon his plans for a future here in Everland?
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To Find the Beauty of Life and Love Inside and Out…
Vincenzo is a world-renowned violinist who is tired of the sycophants and false attention to be paid to him because of this rather attention-getting blindfold that covers his scarred and deformed features attributed to the battlefield of the Civil War. He feels that no one can see the beauty within because of the ugliness on the outside. He decides that he is sick of the crowds and looks of pity and horror so he settles down in Everland, Wyoming to keep to himself.
Once Arabella and Vincenzo first meet, the attraction is not incendiary by nature by more of seeking and longing. They both feel the sense of the pieces of themselves recognizing the missing pieces that would make them feel whole and worthy. As a reader, I was intrigued to see where their story went and I wasn’t disappointed. There were a few times that I, myself, felt as if I were Arabella. Haunted by my past, raising children alone, and being afraid to reach out. So my soul felt the aching loneliness from another lost soul that could be felt from within Vincenzo.
Caroline wrote the characters so well that I also felt the love lost, guilt, and hunger that Vincenzo felt and translated itself into the music he played. I even felt myself falling into the scenes where he threw himself heart and soul into. I was also blindsided by the unexpected twist as well as compelled to kick Vincenzo in the shins when he started moping like a child who lost their toy. The emotions that when invoked while being submerged in the storyline ran the full gambit, including a good cry. Well done, Caroline. I am going to be jumping into the next book of the Everland Ever After series.