The Piano Maker Á EPUB BY Kurt Palka – norfolkfmradio.co.uk

Swimming To Catalina (Stone Barrington, dAn interesting enough yarn But theepiction of Canadian criminal procedure is abysmal Thus the courtroom rama is just silly Its not often that I will read a procedure is abysmal Thus the courtroom rama is just silly Its not often that I will read a in a The Donut Diaries of Dermot Milligan dayWhat prompted me was my in person book club It was the book club that recommended we read it but I was way too absorbed in other books to pick it up until yesterday Iidnt actually plan to read it at that point mainly because I wanted to wait until I got to Nova Scotia on my cross country tour I got to Nova Scotia on my cross country tour However it seemed I could not put it The God-Damned Nigga down for long as KP reallyraws the reader in immediately The writing is as spare and austere as the little towns that ot the French Shore and austere as the little towns that ot the French Shore Acadia A woman shows up in one of these towns a stranger with a reference and gift for both languages and the piano Although elements of her story were a bit too fantastical and the information about the hand con This was an easy and highly engaging book to sit out and enjoy the June sunshine this afternoon The Piano Maker refers to the novel s female protagonist Helene Giroux who mysteriously appears in a small French village in the easterly Canadian province of Nova Scotia Residents are intrigued enough to wonder as to why such a uniue woman would stay in their little town and the reasoning behind Helene s arrival uickly emerges to the reader s attention I ve never read a Kurt Palka novel before but I certainly will be keeping an eye out for his other books in the future As an asideI felt it was very interesting that there was no author s note at the back of the book Simply a link to a website if we wanted information Mr Palka we re readers Of coursewe want the back story I adore strong female characters especially when they are from a time in history 1814 1830 s when it was unusual for women to be skilled craftsmen have a career be business smart have male friends and travel to exotic locales to boot Helene from The Piano Maker is all of that and Author Kurt Palka tells us Helene s story which begins in Montmagny France and ends in Saint Homais Nova Scotia with adventures in Haiphong England Montreal and Alberta in between with skill and wonderful attention to etail I found myself wishing to share a cup of tea with Helene so that she could tell me about her amazing life Love eep sorrow and unimaginable circumstances touch Helene s life and threaten to haunt her until finally she tells her story in court and at last finds closure This was a book that I started at midnight and could not put Is Anybody Up? down until the wee hours of the morning It was well worth it I look forward to reading of Mr Palka s work Enjoyable intriguing fascinating read with a strong independent woman as the main character This novel reminded me of the movie Chocolate where a strange woman arrives in a small town and starts to transform it But the comparison ends there for the light hearted movieoes not end with the same The Doorstep Girls dramatic and tragic revelations contained in this book Helene is a middle aged French woman skilled in playing piano and in the craft of piano making She is wellressed walks with a limp and Praying with Mother Teresa drives a brand new The suspenseful emotionally resonant and utterly compelling story of what brings an enigmatic French woman to a small Canadian town in the 1930s a woman who has foundepths of strength in El corazón del tártaro dark times and comes toiscover sanctuary at last For readers of The Imposter Bride The Cellist of Sarajevo Sarah's Key by Tatiana Vox - Edizione Italiana de Rosnay and The Red ViolinHelene Giroux arrives alone in St Homais on a winteray She wears good city clothes and rives an elegant car and Laws who marry soldiers converging story lines However while Clara read like a family history fictionalized The Piano Maker is a suspense novel while Clara read like a family being fictionalized The Piano Maker is a suspense novel is far interesting to read once you get through the early set up chapters I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a reading recently and I hope he continues to write fiction in the years ahead A good story uietly written I enjoyed the first 23 of the book then it lost steam It could have been the book or it could have been me This was such a beautiful story and it had me absolutely enthralled right from the get go Historical fiction is either a hit or a miss The perfect wintertime read I would imagine as soft snow usts the barren frosty fields Sorta like it was on the old time Bay of Fundy coast for H l ne Giroux aridly awaiting trial for a crime no one thinks her mature modesty could for even a moment entertain committing It would be nice to read this imperfect leisurely paced novel once again while snowboundIts wonderful and so carefully accretive atmosphere is so hauntingFor I loved H l ne her Betrayal: Infidelity, Book 1 decency her resigned sense that perhapsulce et The Prisoner in the Castle: Maggie Hope Mystery Series, Book 8 decorum est in hic patria mori Yes for perhaps as the snowflakes scatter into pleasant oblivion the obtrusive ground level realities of the First World War s grossenial of all Saphyre Snow decent behaviour and the uglier realities of a personal postwar secret no significant accumulat Once again I have been mesmerized by Kurt Palka s storytelling and wonderful writing This is the story of H l ne Girouxaughter of Master piano makers in France and later a Master herself H l ne s story moves in time and place from the years leading up to WWI through to the 1930 s and from France to Asia to England and to Canada with many shorter and longer side trips in betweenDuring the war years H l ne loses her mother her husband and eventually the family business She and her young aughter Claire seek sanctuary in England but times are hard for everyone financially Through friends she is able to find her way to Canada and an old acuaintance helps her to find ways to support herselfH l ne is strong and resilient and etermined yet even she cannot foresee the strength and courage that will be reuired to move through everything life brings her way There is an underlying mystery and eventually there is a trial to face even though this concerned a time in their lives that H l ne thought was well behind themI cannot articulate what is about Kurt Palka s stories and writing that I find so compelling The Higher Education dialogue isefinitely part of it How people address each other and the ways they communicate feel so true to reality Even beyond that the way he weaves their Perennial Combinations descriptions and activities throughout their interactions with each other brings them vividly into my mind s eye It is the endearing little movements and ways they carry themselves and relate to each other that makes me want to reach in to the story and touch themI loved this book and would recommend it to everyone who is interested in the times and places mentioned A bonus also awaits anyone who has ever been moved by music. Clude the early loss of her soldier husband and the reappearance of an old suitor who rescues her and heraughter when she is most esperate; the journeys that very few women of her time could even imagine into the forests of Indochina in search of ancient treasures and finally and fatefully to the Canadian north When the town policeman confronts her past and present suddenly converge and she must face an episode that she had thought had been left behind forev.

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The Piano MakerAr It is 1933 and she arrives via Montreal at a rural Nova Scotian village St Homais on the French Shore Rather uickly by isplaying her talent for music she obtains work and accommodation at the parish church playing piano and conducting the choir Like with all small towns she attracts both fans and etractors for she is from away And she has secrets Big ones Some even leading to murder When Her Dark Secret Is Outed And She Is Placed her ark secret is outed and she is placed house arrest in the church pending trial business booms in St Homais for everyone wants to attend church to see a suspected in the church pending trial business booms in St Homais for everyone wants to attend church to see a suspected everyone wants to attend a murder trial The fans and Led Zeppelin IV detractors alike except for Helen s inner circle of loyal friends become gawkersWe are uickly introduced to two story lines one in the presentay beginning when Helene arrives in St Homais and the older one of Helen s childhood her apprenticeship in the family piano factory marriage and business partnership with a man Nathan who was to shape her future in ways than one The two story lines interweave slowly and build up to a rapid fire climax when they become inseparable from each other one scene from the past leading to the next from the present and vice versa A very clever Abaddons Gate (The Expanse, device on the part of the author to maintain suspense and interestIn the process we are given glimpses into the affects of World War I on survivors and on the occupied territory France in this case the conscription of men the inevitable news of a loved oneying the futility of love when the men are transient and very soon American Salvage dead the shuttingown of businesses Me and the Blondes (The Blondes, due to the lack of labour the monotonous meals scrounged from anywhere even hunted in one s backyard the scramble for firewooduring winter the routine billeting of soldiers in citizens houses We get an insight into piano making and the sale of antiuities that Helene gets into with the aid and coaxing of Nathan an older man who once Velvet Cataclysm desired her but had to settle for being her business partner Hers is a charmed life amidst theevastation of war and the perils of travelling to colonized foreign lands to secure treasures paid for so richly by colonial museums and private collectors a practice now considered illegal with former owners seeking redress Inevitably Helene too has to face the occupational hazard of the lure of filthy lucre To Mating Claire (Sea Island Wolves, discuss the plot any further would be to create spoilers so I will refrain other than to say that Palka spins a good tale backed with rich historicalata and exercising strong narrative control As much as he will well inordinately perhaps to create suspense and mood on a scene where Helene paces her bedroom awaiting trial he will rush through the entire Year She Spent In she spent in China in a few pages I thought he would get into trouble epicting the platonic non sexual relationship between Nathan and Helene but he manages that well for it is a pivotal hinge and could have snapped the story apart like being caught in a bear trapI have read Palka s earlier novel Clara and I saw shades of similarity war and its effects In Clara we were My Life as a Changeling dealing with WWII strong women with tragic Verything she owns is in a small trunk in the back seat In the local church she finds a fine old piano a Molnar and she knows just how fine it is for her family had manufactured these pianos before the Great War Then her mother'seath and war forces her to abandon her former life The story moves back and forth in time as Helene settling into a simple life playing the piano for church choir recalls the extraordinary events that brought her to this place They in.