The Novel in the Viola, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In the spring of 1938 Elise Landau arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay.

A bright young thing from Vienna forced to become a parlour-maid, she knows nothing about England, except that she won't like it.

As servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn, Elise wears her mother's pearls beneath her uniform, and causes outrage by dancing with a boy called Kit.

But war is coming and the world is changing. And Elise must change with it. At Tyneford she learns that you can be more than one person. And that you can love more than once.


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This is a love story. There is family love, love for places, love for things and what they represent(ed), a love for the past, love within a small community and romantic love. It's a good read - not at all a cheesey love story - with likeable and authetic central characters.I do feel Mr Rosenblum's List is a more complex novel. I don't think Elise and her quest is as 'deep' as Mr Rosenblum. But they are both about connections, outsiders and community.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully written book with all its romantic elements and historical details, and all the other aspects too, of course. The life of Elise/Alice is in the middle of it all and she grows in the book, starting as a rather spoiled child of nineteen. It is an emotional journey full of ups and downs and full of - life. Do read it...