ARC Review: Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

Posted March 25, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway
Still Life with Strings
by L.H. Cosway

5 Stars


Released: March 24, 2014
Published by Self Published
Pages: 280
Format: eARC

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“L.H. Cosway is masterful!  If you don’t pick up another book this week, you have to read STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS.  This book captivated me and accomplished what any great book should do.  It made me get lost in its pages until I didn’t want it to end.” ~Under the Covers

You are in for a treat!  So let me give you a quick glimpse of what you’re in for.  Jade Lennon is a girl from the wrong side of town.  After her mother’s death she’s been the bread winner for her household, supporting her siblings.  In order to do that she works a few jobs.  She’s a ticket sales person and bartender at the local theatre, and she stands still in corners for tips.  Yes, exactly like a living statue.  She’s had bad luck with her previous relationships and has now renounced men and alcohol.  Turning her life around and focusing on what’s important.

Then in walks Shane Arthur.  A stranger at first, an undeniable obsession later.  Shane comes from money, he’s always lived his dream of playing violin.  Even was part of a famous quartet.  But there’s always been something missing from his apparently perfect life.  He’s never gotten to “live”.  To feel alive.  And who better than Jade to teach him a bit about that.

There are so many things that stand out about this book.  The original concept, the flawless and ease of writing, the magic of being transported into the story and feel like you were living it instead of reading it.  But as I’ve always experienced with Ms. Cosway’s books, the characters are it for me.  They’re complex and with many layers.  Layers that you want to get under, whether it’s the hero or heroine.  Characters you can’t wait until you know them completely.  And also as I always experience reading this author, I wanted to be best friends with Jade and at the same time take her man away from her because Shane Arthur is a stud and I want every piece of him.

I fell in love and in lust with this story.  It doesn’t shy away from the sexy factor but it’s there to drive the story forward.  L.H. Cosway is masterful!  If you don’t pick up another book this week, you have to read STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS.  This book captivated me and accomplished what any great book should do.  It made me get lost in its pages until I didn’t want it to end.  Now I’m just left waiting anxiously for the next time this author gifts us with another story.

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About L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

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Very excited to read Still Life with Strings, I’ve read a lot of good things about this book in the last few days.


Thanks for the glowing recommendation Francesca.


Will have to look into this more….thanks francesca


I’d never heard of this book or author and I can’t say that the cover drew me in, but I usually agree with your reviews so I downloaded away…WOW such a great read! I was up waay too late finishing it. Definitely got me out of the reading slump I was in. Thanks for reviewing it!

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