The Man With The Mandolin by Charles Raines
The fact that I had put it down and could just pick it up, speaks volumes about the story; enthralling as I was kind of expecting, laced with intrigue and seriously arousing without, seemingly, any effort on the author's part - but we know that simply means that the author worked extremely hard to draw these pictures and a fine job he did of them - yet again.
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It's all about atmosphere, colour, smell and taste - here we have it in spades and I love the setting of the dance school - very imaginative and again, evocative - Charles Raines just seems to be able to conjurer images from thin air with a word or phrase.
And it is a kind of dance - this story - the relationships, the intrigue, the eventual fulfilment of the promised romance, culminating in the opening performance of the new ballet - whether intended or not - I suspect intended - a wonderful metaphor.
A thoroughly enjoyable read; not a quick read; it requires some digesting at times. A timeless story and the where is just as important as the when - Charles Raines knows his Marseille!