Of Words and Music

Of Words and Music

by Lynda Fitzgerald

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ISBN-13: 9781594147760
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/18/2009
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Of Words and Music 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KerrBerr More than 1 year ago
I am in awe of Ms. Fitzgerald's amazing writing talent. OF WORDS & MUSIC is a stunning and brilliant literary accomplishment. I literally could not put this book down: picked it up at eleven o'clock last night, finished it at five a.m. this morning. An emotionally evocative and simultaneously heart-wrenching and heartwarming tale of love, loss, estrangement, and ultimately, reconciliation and redemption. Kudos & bravo, Ms. Fitzgerald! You have made the words disappear... and the music still lingers on. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for readers of all genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing here is strong. The story is told from alternate points of view of Lilah Kimball, an insulated 60 year-old widow, and Bethany Freemont, her 12 year-old granddaughter. For most of her adult life Lilah lived with an overbearing husband who left her with lots of money and a heartless son much like himself. Meanwhile. Bethany is left alone after the death of her mother with her only advocate a young social worker. When Lilah learns of the death of her daughter Elizabeth, from whom she has been estranged for years, she is faced with temporary custody of young Bethany, whom she has never met. But now Lilah wants to be her own person and not have responsibility for raising the child of a daughter she had pushed out of her life. Lilah and Bethany struggle to achieve compatibility in the face of revelations from the past. Over time. they each discover things about Elizabeth that they never knew. And things about themselves and each other as well. The plot is carried along with tension and strong character development including that of other players: Felicity Greenlea, the social worker; Marabet, Lilah's friend and housekeeper; Charles Kimball, Lilah's cantankerous son; Lesa Kimball. Charles' mousy wife; and Tom Mulligan, Lilah's attorney and hopeful paramour. The setting and characters were real to me and I enjoyed the book.
JacquelineSeewald More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend this novel. This is a family drama and about a tragedy of miscommunication. It is a novel of loss and redemption, very moving, very powerful. Lilah Kimball is the key character. She has gone through life as a submissive daughter and wife. Now at sixty, she awakens to the fact that she lost her daughter and son by allowing an emotionally abusive husband control her. The worm turns. Lilah finds herself, and in so doing, embraces several wonderful friendships, most of all, a granddaughter who is now a homeless orphan. Each key character is realistic, well-developed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Wealthy widow, sexagenarian Lilah Kimball has never recovered from when her late martinet spouse told their daughter Elizabeth to never come back if she marries beneath her. So when social worker Felicity Greenlea informs her that Elizabeth is dead three months ago from a car accident, she hides her grief; as she always prayed for reconciliation. She also learns she has a twelve year old granddaughter Bethany Freemont whose father died two years ago after suffering with leukemia. Although she prefers to say no, encouraged by her best friend (and housekeeper) Marabet, Lilah agrees to temporary house the child until a paternal relative is located.

Lilah hides from Bethany who hates her grandmother for not being there for her mother. Marabet sees a chance for Lilah to regain her life lost fourteen years ago. However, her forty year old son Charles, a chip off the dictatorial block of his late dad, wants the brat gone. As Lilah and Bethany begin to bond playing the piano together, secrets from Athens and Atlanta haunt everyone.

This is an engaging redemption family drama as Lilah has a chance to indirectly fix the mistake of her life if she can take a chance on loving someone again. The cast is strong . Marabet is a terrific BFF who is there for her buddy, but refuses to pull punches. Bethany is a delightful charmer who goes from loathing to loving her grandma. Charles¿ wife Lese goes from mouse to frightened lioness while Charles shows few if any redeeming qualities and fans will hiss him with what he did years ago to his mom and late sister. Although overwrought at times especially a late unnecessary runaway scene, fans will enjoy this fine character driven drama with a fabulous final twist that defines what a family truly is.

Harriet Klausner