Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where I’m featuring another favorite series this week. – the fantastic Blue Notes series by Shira Anthony. In the spring of 2012 when I noticed a book about musicians in Paris, I was all over it. What music lover wouldn’t be?! I was charmed by the romance of Jason and Jules as well as the author’s captivating writing style. Her flowing descriptions of settings gave cities a distinct pulse, and her characters oozed personality, vulnerability and determination – she had me enthralled.
Shira is a well- traveled former opera singer, so she knows of what she writes here, in regard to the classical music details as well as the depictions of many cities around the world in which she sets the stories. The series features a different main couple in each book, however they are interrelated, with all of the main characters impacting each other’s life either on or off page throughout the series. Suffice to say, the fact that this series went on to be seven books long – with each one being as good as or better than the one before it – made this reader ecstatic.
The relationships in the Blue Notes series are very raw and real. No easy path for any of these men! Shira takes them all on some gritty reality checks, but never fear, love prevails to the point of standing ovations! It’s worth noting that this series of interrelated, classical music themed standalone novels can be read in any order. Chronologically they take place over several decades. I read them in the order they were released, but then I re-read them in chronological order, and would recommend approaching them that way if you are new to the series.
Enjoy! ~ Di
(You can see Dianne’s reviews of Blue Notes, Prelude and Encore by clicking the links below the book cover)
Order of publication:
Free prequel to Blue Notes: Knowing (Blue Notes 0.5)
1) Blue Notes
2) The Melody Thief
6) Symphony in Blue
You can buy these individually or they are available as a boxed set for $9.99