I am a great fan of James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers books. Sidney is such a wonderful character and a good, interesting man. I highly recommend the series. Loving those stories as I do, I was delighted to receive an ARC of this novel by Mr. Runcie. Thank you Bloomsbury. (All opinions will be my own.)
The same qualities that flow through the Chambers novels are in play here as well. These include an ability to create well rounded and very human portrayals of the characters. In addition, in this historical novel, Runcie skillfully recreates a time, place and culture. Time is spent in Liepzig, in a rather cold boarding school and in the world of the church and its music. Readers also get to intimately know the Bach family and witness the creation of Bach’s seminal work.
I very much enjoyed this novel and recommend it to those who enjoy the very best quality historical fiction. This book offers insight and heart as readers spend time with one of Bach’s students, with the great man and with his family. There are issues of loss, faith and music in these pages. The book will resonate for readers.
Again, many thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley.