As a contemporary romance reader, I generally avoid romances written about the wars but the cover of The Music of Us intrigued me, so I took a chance on this World War II romance and I'm so glad I did!
You think The Music of Us is a story about a soldier meeting his sweetheart for the first time, but it's so much more than that. It's a story about a man who decades after that war is living through the shifting sands of an illness trying to steal his sweetheart.
The reader is treated to the story of young kids living through an uncertain time. Their sweet love story begins with Lenny as a young man, now a soldier off fighting the war. He is injured and is recovering when his friend convinces him to go to a concert being given that night by a pianist. Natasha, the young pianist coming to entertain the troops is grieving the loss of her Pa. She doesn't want to be there, until a young soldier's antics captures her attention. So smitten by him, she changes her chosen music right there, much to the dismay of her mother.
Natasha's mother has no time for Lenny, the boy she blames for Natasha's new attitude. Regardless, she knows her daughter will never see him again since Lenny is stationed across the world.
Until he's given leave to return to see his father. Lenny isn't done with Natasha and he wants to know why she never wrote him back.
The book is told in the flowing hand of a wordsmith who makes you feel the music in every word.
The ending is touchingly poignant and leaves you feeling all the emotions of love found and love lost, even when you're holding someone in your arms. If you love stories about the war with a beautiful backdrop of music, family, and finding true love against all odds, then you'll love The Music of Us.