by Laura Spinella


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Unstrung by Laura Spinella

Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivia’s. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband—baseball legend Sam Nash.

Years ago, Olivia fell in love with Sam. Their impulsive marriage imploded with a fateful car crash and harsh parting words. Olivia never expected to see him again. But now Sam is back, and he wants her forgiveness. He also wants to recapture their volatile love affair. Olivia is torn between rekindling romance and saving her marriage. To her surprise, it’s the presence of the young music teacher—and the lessons from a reckless past—that may bring harmony to Olivia’s off-key life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503937352
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 415
Sales rank: 381,629
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Laura Spinella is the author of the #1 Kindle bestseller Ghost Gifts, soon to be a trilogy. Book two is coming in 2017! In addition to her latest work, Unstrung, she’s penned the award-winning novels Beautiful Disaster and Perfect Timing. She also writes romantic suspense, featuring the Clairmont Series Novels, under the pen name L. J. Wilson. Spinella currently lives in the Boston area with her family, where she can always be found writing her next novel. She loves to hear from readers; visit her at www.lauraspinella.net and www.ljwilson.com.

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Unstrung 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank NetGalley, Montlake Romance, and Laura Spinella for the ARC of "Unstrung" by Laura Spinella for my honest review. The genres of "Unstrung" are General Fiction(Adult) and Romance. I find that the author's vivid and colorful descriptions of her complex and complicated characters are amazing. I found myself wanting to scream at some of the characters for their decisions. I actually despised and hated some of the characters, and I was cheering for some. I I guess I got emotionally involved in this fictional story. The story opens with Olivia Klein, and her attorney facing a judge for charges against Olivia for destroying her husband's Porsche with a bat. To add insult to injury, Olivia profoundly tells the judge where he should go. Olivia is a famous Violinist with a chair in the symphony orchestra. Despite the fact that Olivia was drunk and angry that her husband Rob made some investments that might cost the loss of the home that was in Olivia's family for years, the judge sentences her to a night in jail and one hundred hours of community service. Olivia for her own personal reasons offers to do community service with a Music teacher in one of the worst schools in the area. Olivia's mother is furious at Olivia and reminds her that she always has been rebellious. Her mother warns her that this will be the second marriage that will be ruined. Olivia had a very short lived marriage when she was young that at the time was a bad decision. Olivia is a very insecure woman who feels imperfect and "unstrung", and her Mother lives to remind her of this. Rob, her husband vacillates between being a bad guy at times to a supportive good guy. Laura Spinella writes about honor, family, love, redemption, forgiving, second chances, and hope. The author also describes that no one is just good or bad, and that we should accept ourselves for who we are. There are surprises, twists and turns in this story. I would highly recommend this as an entertaining and intriguing read.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Laura Spinella wrote an amazing story about Olivia, a brilliantly talented violinist who struggles to embrace her talent. Olivia has some anger issues, mostly brought on by husband’s misuse of their money. The book starts with Olivia in court for destroying Rob’s, her husband, Porsche with a baseball bat. As the story continues we learn more about her history and the reasons for her anger and pain. While this does not excuse her behavior it gives cause for it. The story has so many twists and turns that it keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. There is people from Olivia’s past that come back to visit, a person she has kept a secret from everyone, and her odd mother who does not seem to support her at all. Add to that her husband who pushes her trust with his secrets and her best friend, lawyer, who also keeps secrets. It may sound like there is too much going on, but this story is perfect and wonderful. Unstrung is a story of a women’s journey to find her true self. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boston, MA Olivia Klein Van Doren, age 46, is standing before a judge after smashing her husband, Rob’s, Porsche with a baseball bat. Her attorney and best friend, Sasha Pease, is doing her best to defend her. Olivia is a woman of local society and a violinist with the New England Symphony. After losing her temper and mouthing off to the judge, he puts her in jail overnight. Her husband, Rob, has caused her problems and her wealthy mother, Eugenia Klein, is relentless in hounding her about her past mistakes. Olivia’s punishment from the judge is for her to do 100 hours of community work by assisting in the classroom of a bunch of very rough, at-risk students. She teacher she is working with is a young man, named Theo, a talented musician who lost his father in the World Trade disaster. They get along well and Olivia enjoys being with him. Her first husband, Sam, returns after not having seen him since she was 19 and their marriage was annulled. He has been quite ill and wants to apologize for leaving her like he did. After they had run away to get married, they were in an auto accident. She was pregnant and she told Sam she lost the baby. He was on the cusp of a huge baseball career that he wanted so much. So, they agreed to an annulment pushed upon them by her parents and went their separate ways. Years later, Olivia married Rob. He is good with investments, but a recent one has had devastating results. Olivia is a mercurial woman who tends to drink a lot. She is outspoken about her feelings and tells it like it is. Her mother has always been very critical of her and pushes her around. This is a long book but one that I just could not put down. The storylines and characters are beautifully created. I really cheered Olivia along and felt like she got stomped on a bit too much. You must read this book so you can see how these characters all intertwine together. This is the type of book that the reader will always remember. Very well written, Laura Spinella. Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.