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Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jes Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon's wife's love of the occult…and their evil machinations threaten everything.


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Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jes Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon's wife's love of the occult…and their evil machinations threaten everything.

30 review for After the Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra R

    A very well written gothic style novel that's dramatic and intense, with a couple of paranormal elements and an old murder mystery that was never solved rearing its ugly head. Accidents are happening to the main characters for some strange reason. Our hero is badly scarred from a fire seven years ago that killed his wife and the heroine has looked after his 13 year old twins since birth, with the help of her mother, now deceased. So this story has beauty and the beast elements as well as phantom A very well written gothic style novel that's dramatic and intense, with a couple of paranormal elements and an old murder mystery that was never solved rearing its ugly head. Accidents are happening to the main characters for some strange reason. Our hero is badly scarred from a fire seven years ago that killed his wife and the heroine has looked after his 13 year old twins since birth, with the help of her mother, now deceased. So this story has beauty and the beast elements as well as phantom of the opera spookiness. There's lots of steamy sex scenes in the second half of the story after a slow burn, second chance romance - or at least attraction that was never acted upon in the past because the heroine had been 18. I'm not sure why I didn't connect to this story as well as I should have. Their true characters - while there was was lots of information about them - seemed still a bit closed off and I found it easy to pick up and put down the book. this is one of this author's earlier books and you can see why she now writes mostly paranormal. Lots of thought went into this story. I liked it and was on the verge of loving it. 3.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    AvidReader

    3.5 ⭐️ stars. It was written beautifully with likable characters but the mystery could’ve been written better. The motive wasn’t solid or neatly explained ..for me atleast. But the spooky aspect was good. Recommended and safe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bolen

    I'm thinking this was a re-read, it seemed familiar. The occult/spooky aspects were overdone and unnecessary. The writing was mediocre and the plot was laughably easy to solve. The motivation of the villain wasn't solid, so the assortment of dirty tricks felt like two different people were committing them, and that would have been much cooler. I think I'm going to read more of her books to see if my read on her as a writer is correct, I hope this is just a bad example. I'm thinking this was a re-read, it seemed familiar. The occult/spooky aspects were overdone and unnecessary. The writing was mediocre and the plot was laughably easy to solve. The motivation of the villain wasn't solid, so the assortment of dirty tricks felt like two different people were committing them, and that would have been much cooler. I think I'm going to read more of her books to see if my read on her as a writer is correct, I hope this is just a bad example.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn ♥ romance

    This holiday story was okay but it was too full of characters thoughts and I skimmed a lot. It was so focused on an event that happened years ago and with all the weird stuff, I lost interest. Jessica takes her 13 year old twin charges to their estranged father Dillon who has been living in seclusion on his island.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nely

    I read this title many years ago when it was part of an anthology (A Very Gothic Christmas) and since then I've re-read it a few times. Ms. Feehan describes a world of Gothic splendor that you cannot help but become immersed in. In the aftermath of a horrible fire that left our hero scarred physically and mentally and the unsolved murder of his wife, Dillon Wentworth finally has the opportunity to rekindle with his long time love Jessica Fitzpatrick. It has been seven years since that fateful ni I read this title many years ago when it was part of an anthology (A Very Gothic Christmas) and since then I've re-read it a few times. Ms. Feehan describes a world of Gothic splendor that you cannot help but become immersed in. In the aftermath of a horrible fire that left our hero scarred physically and mentally and the unsolved murder of his wife, Dillon Wentworth finally has the opportunity to rekindle with his long time love Jessica Fitzpatrick. It has been seven years since that fateful night and Jessica has a mission: to bring Dillon and his twin children back together again and to heal him with her love the way she's always dreamed of. She just has to convince him to come out of the dark and into the light. What can I say, I'm a sucker for miracles at Christmas. I am also a bit biased since I've been a fan of Ms. Feehan for over 10 years now.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    So thrilled to read this Christine Feehan book and LOVE it, after giving up on all her other series for being too repetitive on plots, too verbose, too angsty, and just too frustrating to even try her last several books. This was the old Christine, the Christine I fell in love with and the Christine whose novels I couldn't get enough of. Yay! So thrilled to read this Christine Feehan book and LOVE it, after giving up on all her other series for being too repetitive on plots, too verbose, too angsty, and just too frustrating to even try her last several books. This was the old Christine, the Christine I fell in love with and the Christine whose novels I couldn't get enough of. Yay!

  7. 5 out of 5

    KD Grainger

    Christine Feehan confuses the hell out of me. She often - almost without fail - includes the worst archetypes of romance novel "heros", whose actions she then excuses with their depth of devotion to the leading female. Then she sprinkles in some genuinely interesting writing (quite the progressive take on mental illness!), and some atleast interesting mystery plot line. However, what makes this a one-story rating for me is that the story was so unbearably disjointed that I forgot half the time w Christine Feehan confuses the hell out of me. She often - almost without fail - includes the worst archetypes of romance novel "heros", whose actions she then excuses with their depth of devotion to the leading female. Then she sprinkles in some genuinely interesting writing (quite the progressive take on mental illness!), and some atleast interesting mystery plot line. However, what makes this a one-story rating for me is that the story was so unbearably disjointed that I forgot half the time what mystery we were solving. Additionally, for such a short novel she stuffed the plot with so much character development and associated red herrings that I lost interest. I only finished it because I was close enough to being done, I felt it was worth it. Ultimately, I do not believe I will be reading any more Feehan. I really enjoy her Sisters of the Heart series (with the exception of Firebound), but her writing tropes and archetypes are becoming too bothersome to warrant much more of my attention.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Pendragon

    If you read Feehan, you will recognize the personality of the hero and heroine. There seems to be parts missing--the plot progresses in hops: somehow Jessica and Dillon become really close really fast despite the fact that we are repeatedly told that Dillon is not the person he used to be, the revealed secrets don't have the impact they should on characters and the mystery, Brenda wants the kids to watch her clean up oil for some reason I can't understand, Brenda becomes a sympathetic character, If you read Feehan, you will recognize the personality of the hero and heroine. There seems to be parts missing--the plot progresses in hops: somehow Jessica and Dillon become really close really fast despite the fact that we are repeatedly told that Dillon is not the person he used to be, the revealed secrets don't have the impact they should on characters and the mystery, Brenda wants the kids to watch her clean up oil for some reason I can't understand, Brenda becomes a sympathetic character, etc. This reads like a short story rather than a full novel due to these missing segments. The bird at the end? Too much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen J

    As Usual ... I absolutely adored this book! Truly, Ms. Feehan, were you are concerned, I am never disappointed, nor do I have any more superlatives left. I could write about your ability to bring me so far into a story, I am there. It's not the book boyfriend so many talk about, it is your ability to weave and bring a reader into the hero or heroine's place. You are a "magic person"! So many years I lost my ability to read, and authors who brought it back to me have truly given me sanity for the la As Usual ... I absolutely adored this book! Truly, Ms. Feehan, were you are concerned, I am never disappointed, nor do I have any more superlatives left. I could write about your ability to bring me so far into a story, I am there. It's not the book boyfriend so many talk about, it is your ability to weave and bring a reader into the hero or heroine's place. You are a "magic person"! So many years I lost my ability to read, and authors who brought it back to me have truly given me sanity for the last seven years. Thank you! Karen

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Custer

    Not as blantantly magical as most of Feehan's books, just a hint. Jessica Fitzpatrick and Dillion Wentworth are on an island with Dillon's twin children and his band. A shodowy figure leaving messages behind and while someone else is leaving deathly accidents for people to fall into. Jess has loved Dillion since she was a teenager. Dillion is scarred from a fire. While trying to overcome his personal issues, learn about his children again and work with his band once more he realizes how much he Not as blantantly magical as most of Feehan's books, just a hint. Jessica Fitzpatrick and Dillion Wentworth are on an island with Dillon's twin children and his band. A shodowy figure leaving messages behind and while someone else is leaving deathly accidents for people to fall into. Jess has loved Dillion since she was a teenager. Dillion is scarred from a fire. While trying to overcome his personal issues, learn about his children again and work with his band once more he realizes how much he wants his family with Jess in it. Well written.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marybelle

    This was the first Christine Feehan book I read. I always loved gothic stories, and thought this modern version brought back all of the elements of the traditional gothic novel. This story brings the reader dark happenings, tragedy, a spooky feel of the paranormal, a brooding hero and the woman who can see into his soul and bring him light. It’s a fun read that I highly recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shea

    This is a classic "group of people stuck on an island, weird things are going on, who is responsible" thriller. There is a healthy amount of romance and some family healing & redemption thrown in. I was guessing almost until the end which raises my rating. This is a classic "group of people stuck on an island, weird things are going on, who is responsible" thriller. There is a healthy amount of romance and some family healing & redemption thrown in. I was guessing almost until the end which raises my rating.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nmedlin43att.Net

    Who Done It This is an a different sort of book for Feehan. There are no people from another race with strange powers or men who have ghost-like abilities. It is a simple story of a man who has great tragedy in his life and overcomes it through the power of a woman's love. Who Done It This is an a different sort of book for Feehan. There are no people from another race with strange powers or men who have ghost-like abilities. It is a simple story of a man who has great tragedy in his life and overcomes it through the power of a woman's love.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    While I really enjoyed a lot of the character development I didn’t enjoy the book much, overall.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Great pace, storyline and characters. I loved the suspense and questioning of who was the villain as I read the story. Each detail had me thinking it was someone else!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juanita Dennis

    not bad I enjoying the solid writing a simple love story. Hope that is in everyone. Thanks for the gift Ms Feehan.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zona Mahan

    This book had me in the edge of my seat the whole way through... I had read it before and I didn’t remember until the last part.... it was great...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Ford

    I loved this book!!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jane

    Great storyline. Great storyline. Kept my interest. Christine never disappoints! I've read many books by Christine and look forward to every new one Great storyline. Great storyline. Kept my interest. Christine never disappoints! I've read many books by Christine and look forward to every new one

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kati Polodna

    I think there could have been more potential here for a better story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Audrey G.

    I love ALL of Christine Feehan books!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chalice

    This is a sort of beauty and the beast story, with some kids thrown in. I enjoyed this story mainly because it connects to Dark Melody later on through the Wentworths. There is a supernatural element a la the Drake sisters sort of magic. All in all, it’s a combination of a lot of elements that Feehan does fairly well (or used to - I don’t even wanna discuss her writing in three last 5-7 years).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 3.5 / 5 Recommendation: Read it if you want to see if an author can spring up novellas that are not part of any of her series, you might just get surprised. After The Music is a novella by Christine Feehan published first in the anthology A Very Gothic Christmas in November 2001 and then as part of The Wicked and The Wondrous in October 2004. The plot revolves around a family trying to overcome obstacles and murderous people yet try to have a peaceful Christmas. It is a stand-alone story in Stars: 3.5 / 5 Recommendation: Read it if you want to see if an author can spring up novellas that are not part of any of her series, you might just get surprised. After The Music is a novella by Christine Feehan published first in the anthology A Very Gothic Christmas in November 2001 and then as part of The Wicked and The Wondrous in October 2004. The plot revolves around a family trying to overcome obstacles and murderous people yet try to have a peaceful Christmas. It is a stand-alone story in itself without any connection to any of her series. It's one of the few novellas that Christine has written. Jessica Fitzpatrick arrives at the remote island mansion of world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth with her twin wards - Tara and Trevor Wentworth. Tara and Trevor are Dillon's kids whom he had sent away to stay with Jessica and her mother Rita Fitzpatrick after Dillon had gone through a huge loss. She had lived on the island along with her mother when she had worked as the care taker of the house and the twins. Dillon had been her friend and confidante, they had sing, compose music and spend time as best friends. Her memories with this place however were not all good. Yet she had pushed back all those memories and brought the children back to their father after seven years. After her mother had died she had taken up the responsibility of the wards but now she thought Dillon should know his kids as much as she knows them and loves them. Dillon had formed a small band in his youth and then went on to become world-famous musician. He had married is childhood sweetheart Vivian, but she didn’t turn out to be not so such sweet once fame hit them. Dillon had ignored her and tolerated her, by banishing her to this remote island when he went his tours. However Vivian fell into the wrong kind of cult that had less to do with faith and devotion and more to do with drugs, orgies and virgin sacrifices - all done under the influence of the cult leader. Dillon tried his best to but he did not do his best until one night where he found Vivian and her cult doing unspeakable things. Filled with rage he had bashed all of them, and walked out of the house. Later the house caught on fire killing Vivian and her six guests while Dillon came out with burnt hands. Media had made him out to be a monster even though he had been acquitted of the blame that he had caused the fire and killings. Tara and Trevor were five at the time and sent in care of Rita and Jessica to avoid more of media attacks. Now, Jessica brought them back to his life. For what purpose? Who was trying to kill Jessica? Was Rita's accident really an accident or a murder? Who was sending all the tabloid papers and making blank calls to Jessica and the kids after all this time? And what a coincidence that the entire band has re-grouped in Dillon's house to create new music. Is that really a coincidence? Or did someone have an ulterior motive? What is it that scared Jessica the most to come back to this house? Who really killed Viivian, her guests and caused the fire? Was any of the band members behind all this? If so, who would that be? A dark story filled with troubles, terrors and pains that have been hidden for seven years, struggling to come out - to bring peace or to cause rift all over again. Christine Feehan blended the dark elements with life, light and love very well in this novella as much as she had done with her series. Another good read that would charm you and would want you to see more of the characters as the pages flow by. Strong Jessica, willed Dillon and the understanding kids mixed with the temperamental band - a perfect plot with a certain happy ending come Christmas comes. I recommend you to try it for those lazy days and cozy nights.

  24. 4 out of 5

    audrey

    Jessica Fitzpatrick and her mother have taken care of Dillion's twin children ever since he rose to fame as a rock star. Jessica reunites the twins with their father for Christmas trying to escape the mysterious threats stalking them. The private island and its Gothic mansion bring back too many memories of betrayal, the occult, murder, and the deadly fire which left Dillion horribly disfigured. Jessica has always loved Dillion but his demeanor has definitely changed meanwhile dangerous accident Jessica Fitzpatrick and her mother have taken care of Dillion's twin children ever since he rose to fame as a rock star. Jessica reunites the twins with their father for Christmas trying to escape the mysterious threats stalking them. The private island and its Gothic mansion bring back too many memories of betrayal, the occult, murder, and the deadly fire which left Dillion horribly disfigured. Jessica has always loved Dillion but his demeanor has definitely changed meanwhile dangerous accidents continue to happen. After The Music is a Gothic holiday read. This novella is available for individual sale but it was also previously published in A Christine Feehan Holiday Treasury, The Wicked And The Wondrous, and A Very Gothic Christmas. It took me a while to get into the story because the beginning confused me. I didn't initially understand the relationship dynamics and the timeline in comparison to the characters' ages threw me off a bit. After the first couple of chapters I was able to adjust and become better engaged in the story. The story has a sizable cast since Dillion's band is also present working on an album. The story incorporates their troubled past and the current state of their strained relationships. It was nice to see how Jessica and the twins positively influenced the other characters and better united them. Forgiveness and second chances are major themes throughout the story while dramatic revelations and confessions threatens the peace established. Jessica and Dillion's romance was intense and complex because they both survived the darkness and tragedy his wife introduced into their lives. It makes an interesting statement about moving forward. I thought it was sweet how the sense of family gradually developed between them as the story progressed. Dangerous accidents combined with the supernatural added a sense of mystery to the story. At times it was difficult to determine what was responsible. It created interesting conflict that gave the story a suspenseful element. The ending settled past and present mysteries while giving the characters a miraculous Christmas and hopeful future.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Book Wyvern

    I love this book and kind of wish that it had been longer but I’m also fine with how long it is. This Christmas novella always sends a shiver down my spine. The mystery here just reminds me of an episode of Case Closed, one that really gave me the creeps and while the story isn’t nearly as gory as that episode, I feel like reading this novella on a dark, stormy night will have the readers jumping at every sound and making sure all the lights are on. Now, I haven’t read this book in a long while b I love this book and kind of wish that it had been longer but I’m also fine with how long it is. This Christmas novella always sends a shiver down my spine. The mystery here just reminds me of an episode of Case Closed, one that really gave me the creeps and while the story isn’t nearly as gory as that episode, I feel like reading this novella on a dark, stormy night will have the readers jumping at every sound and making sure all the lights are on. Now, I haven’t read this book in a long while but I feel like it’s one of those that you don’t think about after awhile but you don’t forget it either. When I first read this book, I had no idea of the person behind the threats and I was shocked at who it was. I really love the fact that the author kept that little bit of the paranormal here when she could have just made it a realistic romantic mystery. The writing just sucks you in and I connected with the characters almost right away, especially Dillon. I loved that he wasn’t just a doom and gloom alpha who didn’t know how to smile. I noticed that I spent the whole book just wanting to see him smile again. The back story is intense and really adds to the mystery and it helps to see how much these characters have grown since their past and to see how much growth is in this little book is amazing. Thank you for reading my review. -Sam

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamoz23

    A short story that packs a hell of a lot into it. This is an emotional read that focuses and revolves around a tragedy that happened several years earlier. Jessica is one brave woman to return to where her nightmares happened. The fact it is also where her heart lies with world-famous musician Dillon helps make the decision to run there for safety part of her decision too. Jess takes her teenage wards Tara and Trevor, who are also Dillon’s children, to the remote island mansion of their estranged A short story that packs a hell of a lot into it. This is an emotional read that focuses and revolves around a tragedy that happened several years earlier. Jessica is one brave woman to return to where her nightmares happened. The fact it is also where her heart lies with world-famous musician Dillon helps make the decision to run there for safety part of her decision too. Jess takes her teenage wards Tara and Trevor, who are also Dillon’s children, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father as strange things are happening and Jess believes her mother’s death to not be an accident. The police will not help as she has no proof. A terrible occurrence happened which was started by Jessica’s nightmare ordeal and that ended in a house fire which claimed several lives, including Dillon’s wife and left him with the most horrendous burns ending his musical career. Ever since the fire Dillon has shut out the world which included his children and Jessica. He is attempting to write and compose an album with his old band over the Christmas period. Now that Jessica and the children have come back into his life, someone with evil intent will continue to make their move against Jessica to gain what they want.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Graylark

    The romance was well enough, but there were a lot of unlikable side characters. I particularly wanted to kick his daughter Tara's shallow, ungrateful ass. (view spoiler)[Thirteen is plenty old enough to know better than to call your own father hideous and repeatedly cringe from him because he's scarred from running into a burning house to save you. Wtf. Also, she seemed to spend most of her time constantly crying or whingeing. (hide spoiler)] The romance was well enough, but there were a lot of unlikable side characters. I particularly wanted to kick his daughter Tara's shallow, ungrateful ass. (view spoiler)[Thirteen is plenty old enough to know better than to call your own father hideous and repeatedly cringe from him because he's scarred from running into a burning house to save you. Wtf. Also, she seemed to spend most of her time constantly crying or whingeing. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a rare book for Ms Feehan, because there are almost no paranormal elements until the very end. It's a modern gothic, with a spooky house isolated on an island, and group of people with a lot of secrets. I picked it up because I had just finished Dark Curse and wanted another Feehan book, and though this wasn't what I was expecting, it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the book and would like to meet these characters again. This is a rare book for Ms Feehan, because there are almost no paranormal elements until the very end. It's a modern gothic, with a spooky house isolated on an island, and group of people with a lot of secrets. I picked it up because I had just finished Dark Curse and wanted another Feehan book, and though this wasn't what I was expecting, it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the book and would like to meet these characters again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Have you ever read a book and forgot you read it until you were already into again, years later? That was this book for me. I read this several years ago (before I knew about Goodreads) in an anthology of other Christmas stories. I enjoyed to book then and I enjoyed it now! I was a great blend of romance and mystery.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Rhodes

    Truly Great Story After the Music is truly a great story. It shows that no matter what paths we cross in our life's relationships can and will workout. The characters show a true family with issues, bad experiences, but loving at the same time. I love this book. One of my favorites from Christine Feehan. I read this at least twice a year. Truly Great Story After the Music is truly a great story. It shows that no matter what paths we cross in our life's relationships can and will workout. The characters show a true family with issues, bad experiences, but loving at the same time. I love this book. One of my favorites from Christine Feehan. I read this at least twice a year.

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