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Kirsty O'Neill has always known her own mind. At thirty-one years old, she is already running her own successful fashion business, and has decided that the handsome Robbie Hennessy is the man she'll build her future with. So when her widowed mother announces that she's bringing home a complete stranger from her holiday in Marbella - a young pianist named Antonio - Kirsty h Kirsty O'Neill has always known her own mind. At thirty-one years old, she is already running her own successful fashion business, and has decided that the handsome Robbie Hennessy is the man she'll build her future with. So when her widowed mother announces that she's bringing home a complete stranger from her holiday in Marbella - a young pianist named Antonio - Kirsty has strong feelings. Suspicious of his intent, she decides to waste no time in ridding him from her mother's life. As Kirsty's relationship with Robbie begins to falter, and it looks as though future plans may not come to be after all, she watches on in horror as Antonio's career begins to take off. Will he ever leave Ireland, and her mother, behind? What is he doing here, anyway? And why oh why, with her life in complete disharmony, does his music sound so alluring?


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Kirsty O'Neill has always known her own mind. At thirty-one years old, she is already running her own successful fashion business, and has decided that the handsome Robbie Hennessy is the man she'll build her future with. So when her widowed mother announces that she's bringing home a complete stranger from her holiday in Marbella - a young pianist named Antonio - Kirsty h Kirsty O'Neill has always known her own mind. At thirty-one years old, she is already running her own successful fashion business, and has decided that the handsome Robbie Hennessy is the man she'll build her future with. So when her widowed mother announces that she's bringing home a complete stranger from her holiday in Marbella - a young pianist named Antonio - Kirsty has strong feelings. Suspicious of his intent, she decides to waste no time in ridding him from her mother's life. As Kirsty's relationship with Robbie begins to falter, and it looks as though future plans may not come to be after all, she watches on in horror as Antonio's career begins to take off. Will he ever leave Ireland, and her mother, behind? What is he doing here, anyway? And why oh why, with her life in complete disharmony, does his music sound so alluring?

30 review for The Music of Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    The cover, pretty in pink, identifies this book as chick lit. If you are after a light summer or holiday read this should appeal. Thirty one year old Kirsty runs a successful business and has a somewhat superficial, chequered relationship with Robbie Hennessey. When Kirsty’s recently widowed mother announces part way through her holiday in Spain that she is bringing a young musician home, alarm bells ring for Kirsty. She envisions her mother being taken advantage of by a gigolo. Kirsty’s brother The cover, pretty in pink, identifies this book as chick lit. If you are after a light summer or holiday read this should appeal. Thirty one year old Kirsty runs a successful business and has a somewhat superficial, chequered relationship with Robbie Hennessey. When Kirsty’s recently widowed mother announces part way through her holiday in Spain that she is bringing a young musician home, alarm bells ring for Kirsty. She envisions her mother being taken advantage of by a gigolo. Kirsty’s brother and older sister don’t see any problem with Antonio, the Spanish pianist. Who is right? I could understand Kirsty’s hesitations about Antonio but given her reluctance to acknowledge the problems in her own relationship with Robbie, they seemed a bit out of character. But it is her mother she is concerned about and she doesn’t and to see her hurt. Her mother Helen, is one of the people who unfailing see good in people and want to help and organise. But is she naive? Perhaps in some instances. This is a light read and quite enjoyable, though I found the ending seemed rushed and a bit forced.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    I really did not enjoy this book. Kirsty O'Neil must be the most annoying character I ever had the displeasure to meet. The story is predictable, but in the end not credible. What saves it from getting one star is the exotic destinations!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    Kate McCabe is back with her ninth novel The Music of Love and once again uses a foreign destination as the source of her book. This time Marbella in Spain. I have been a fan of Kate's books right from when I stumbled across her first release Hotel Las Flores in a book shop over ten years ago. Having so many Irish women's authors on the market it must be hard to find your niche and achieve some success but Kate has done this by using exotic locations as inspiration for her books. Each time you b Kate McCabe is back with her ninth novel The Music of Love and once again uses a foreign destination as the source of her book. This time Marbella in Spain. I have been a fan of Kate's books right from when I stumbled across her first release Hotel Las Flores in a book shop over ten years ago. Having so many Irish women's authors on the market it must be hard to find your niche and achieve some success but Kate has done this by using exotic locations as inspiration for her books. Each time you buy a new book by this author you never know where you will be transported too and I like this element of surprise as it makes me eager to buy each new release on publication day. These books are always very easy reads, at the risk of sounding like a cliché they are perfect for sitting by the poolside soaking up the sun. You know what you are getting when you buy a book by this author, I never expect a literary masterpiece or to experience the depth and emotion portrayed by our beloved Maeve Binchy but none the less Kate McCabe always gives the reader an entertaining few hours lost in her stories. Admittedly I didn't think The Music of Love was the best effort by this author, I think I enjoyed some of her earlier releases more. Nonetheless it was still an entertaining enough read that I flew through in two evenings. This book focuses on Kirsty O'Neill, who is on the cusp of a major breakthrough with her fashion business and is under some strain to prove to herself and the fashion buyers that she can do what is expected of her. Kirsty is dating Robbie Hennessy who is quite obviously not long term relationship material. He came across as a player and a user, a man only in it for the fun whereas Kirsty was a career woman who knew what she wanted in her life and was ruthless in attempting to achieve it. Kirsty's family recently lost their beloved father and she has helped her mother through illness and emotional breakdown as she slid into a major depression after such a difficult time in her life. But Helen is coming through her tough times and reaching the other side. She decides to go on holiday to Marbella with her best friend Anne, here the women begin to unwind and recover and stumble across a talented man - Antonio, playing the piano for guests in the hotel. Before the reader knows it Helen has whisked Antonio back to Ireland and she uses him as her little project, determined to kick-start a career for him. I felt Helen was being quite presumptuous that Antonio would so readily agree to her plans, barely knowing her how could he place so much trust in her? Only in a book could an older woman bring back a younger man and her family would think he was just after her money. But then I came to my senses and remembered reading numerous stories on the internet where older women go on holidays and come back with a younger male model, much to the upset of their families. In a way Antonio was almost as crazy as Helen to accept such a proposition leaving behind his meagre paying yet stable job for the unknown in Ireland. I put my doubts about Antonio's intentions out of my head as Helen's 'committee' instincts kicked in and she set about organising a concert to showcase Antonio's musical talents. Having suffered such a devastating loss I felt Helen was using the concert as a distraction and a smokescreen for the depression she had slumped into following her husband's death. Her overall aims may have been good but I would have liked to have seen her feelings surrounding her loss explored in a little more depth. Kirsty wasn't too pleased with the actions of her mother either and also makes her feelings towards Antonio quite clear. She can't believe her siblings can't see through Antonio to what he really wants – money – or is it? The way Kirsty treats Antonio really is despicable and the methods she uses to find out Antonio's true intentions are dishonourable to say the least. I liked Kirsty as a character in the beginning but the more progress I made with the book the more I disliked her and her unnecessary actions. Kirsty does no favours in redeeming herself and she treats Antonio appallingly. The story moves along nicely from the midway point on as we read of Helen's efforts to get some attention for Antonio and his skill with the piano. Before I knew it I was down to the last twenty pages after one or two twists and turns and I was still waiting and waiting for some romance to come into the story. Too say the ending was rushed is an understatement, in fact it was laughable and I wouldn't normally say that about a book. I really even want to give away the ending so I can explain what I mean but suffice too say it was predictable and unrealistic after what had been a likeable enough read up to this point. The Music of Love won't set the literary world alight but it is a good example of the talent we have here in Ireland. It's not a taxing read by any means but it did provide me with a pleasant few hours of reading time and is a perfect summer read for those who just want to get away from it all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aedin

    I loved this book by Kate McCabe , again she has delivered an excellent read , I highly recommend this book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    At first I was enjoying reading this book although I always expected how it was going to end. However, the ending was super rushed and totally not credible and there was a longish description of many parts which were not that interesting to the story... such as a detailed description of Kirsty's holiday.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Lawrence

    Quite an enjoyable story, however I thought the ending seemed a bit rushed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ali Ng

    I enjoyed the book, the pink cover drew me in, would have liked there to have more interaction between the two main characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tazkatie

    Kate McCabe delivers again. Lovely story, easy to read, perfect escapism. I have been a fan for years and have read all her books. Looking forward to the next for my annual chick lit binge..

  9. 5 out of 5

    Treacy

  10. 4 out of 5

    CHRISTINE A BROWN

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rose O'Brien

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nic

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ailish Fitzgerald

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

  15. 4 out of 5

    Camsuz

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Parrington

  18. 4 out of 5

    J F Byrne

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

  20. 5 out of 5

    andrew m holmes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angeline Mc Caul

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine Henley

  24. 5 out of 5

    martina lehane

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Chipperfield

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gill O'Brien

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie Antoinette

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ryan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julieanne Ewart

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