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    Review of PHILLIPA'S FIDDLER by Kay Sisk (see her website)

    Wings ePress, April 2006

    Twenty years earlier, their parents had pulled them apart, afraid their passion might lead to a teen pregnancy and a family mismatch. Since then, Phillipa Gray became a concert cellist, living in London. Ian Murray (formerly Johnny McMurray) had abandoned his parents' dream of a career as a violin virtuoso and become bass guitar player for Bone Cold--Alive, the nation's leading rock band. Still, neither quite got over the other, and their families haven't reconciled, either.

    When band manager Fletch decides the band needs to take some time off and go 'home,' Ian reluctantly agrees. A couple of decades should have let his parents get used to the idea of his pursuing his own dreams, but they weren't. His parents still refuse to allow him to help pay for anything, insist on calling him by the name he had legally changed. His nieces and nephews, on the other hand, are a little wild--and definitely not willing to take direction from him. Of course, Ian has rarely been one to set a good example.

    When Phillipa hears her grandmother has suffered a fall and broken hip, she has to come back to Maine. She doesn't expect to find her teenage love, Johnny, waiting for her. Still, the music still flows between them and the two find themselves playing back and forth across the street that separated their family homes even before they actually see one another. Once they do see each other, Phillipa thinks it will be easy to make love and get Johnny/Ian out of her system. But Ian has other ideas--despite everything he's learned in years on the road as a rock-star, he doesn't want a one-night-stand with Phillipa, he wants forever.

    Author Kay Layton Sisk (see more reviews of novels by Sisk) continues her Bone Cold--Alive series with Ian's story (and with the continuing development of Fletch's story as well). Ian is not so troubled as some of the other members of the band, but he has never really dealt with his family--both in what they saw as his betrayal by abandoning the violin, or in what he saw as their betrayal in breaking him off from Phillipa and in rejecting his dreams. Fans of this series will definitely want to grab PHILLIPA'S FIDDLER--and whatever comes next as we finally learn whether Fletch will gain a second chance at love.

    I'm happy to recommend PHILLIPA'S FIDDLER.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 2/05/06

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