Friday, February 22, 2013

Tallis' Third Tune by Ellen L. Ekstrom

Alice Martin discovers herself in a quaint English shop. Iconic historical figures appear no sooner than she thinks of them; they come and go, offering advice – unwanted, but always interesting. While there, Alice learns that she can change definitive moments in her history, to correct mistakes made in two important relationships: with her first love, Quinn Radcliffe, a sensitive classical musician destined for the concert halls of the world, and with Donovan Trist, a charming archeologist with New England blue-blood and expensive scotch in his veins. Each has a hold on Alice, and what she is compelled to undertake begins a momentous and sometimes painful journey. Throughout her travels, Alice is linked to love by a melody, the luminous and evocative Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. As she seeks answers and happiness, Alice knows one thing is for certain – this is not a trip to Wonderland, but deep into her heart and soul.

Imagine Alice in Wonderland, going through the rabbit hole and emerging into a unique and complex world unlike anything you've ever seen.  This is Tallis Third Tune, but it's so much more.  Alice is a historian so when she finds herself in a quaint village, in a curiosity shop surrounded by dead historical figures, she was a bit unnerved yet thrilled.

She begins to think about her life, past, present and her possible future with their help.  What choices should she had made differently and how would it have effected her life?  In love with two different men from two different paths in life, she isn't sure how to choose which one she should spend the rest of her life with - that is, if she can get back to it.

Filled with a vivid imagination and keen literary prose, Tallis Third Tune is a romance but also about one's self - purpose, choices, emotions.  While at first, it's a bit confusing with all of the jumping around in Alice's life, the proprietress of the curiosity shop soon makes short work of tying everything together.  I was sad to see it end - I wanted more!  Highly recommend!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this doesn't like the usual read. I'll definitely be on the look out for it!


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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