- Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: Jrl Publishing (Jan. 11 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992427010
- ISBN-13: 978-0992427016
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 753 g
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Silken Images: 2nd Edition Paperback – Jan 11 2014
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About the Author
Jennifer Larmar, her maiden name, was born in Brisbane, Australia. Only weeks after turning seventeen, she moved to Wellington, New Zealand for a working holiday. When her father died eighteen months later, she returned to Australia then moved to Canberra for six years where her daughter was born, before settling back into her home state of Queensland. She is currently living with her husband in Brisbane. For many years, Jennifer and her favourite little girl lived beside one of the beautiful beaches that fringe Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Now her daughter and her husband, along with their adorable little son, live in Melbourne and Jennifer visits them as often as possible. Her grandson, affectionately known as 'Rhino', is the delight of her life and she says some of her best days are those spent with him and his mother. Raised in a musical family, she studied piano and sang alto in several school and church choirs. Jennifer has always enjoyed putting pen to paper and over the years has written the lyrics to several pieces including the school anthem at a state government school, which the students still sing every morning on assembly. As a young woman, she formed part of a vocal duo, penning lyrics with a folk/gospel singer/guitarist/ composer, and performing in coffee shops together on weekends. This love of music saw her 'treading the boards' in several musical productions in both Canberra and on the Sunshine Coast. Writing has become her passion and, apart from travelling across this vast intriguing planet discovering new and exciting places, she loves nothing better than sitting at her computer in her inner city apartment, bringing beloved characters to life and taking them on journeys across the world. As she says, "It's like going on holidays every day...without the expense!" Silken Threads is her first published work, the first in a two-part series entitled 'Til The End Of Time, which concludes with the sequel, Fractured Symphony. To connect with Jennifer, go to her Facebook page: Jennifer Larmar - Australian Author For more titles and samples of her novels, visit her webpage: Jennifer Larmar - Australian Author at http://sbandta.wix.com/jenniferlarmar
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When I first open a novel, flicking through in this case with subtle swipes of my phone screen it does not take me all too long to decide whether I wish to pursue the reading venture any further. The first chapter for me is usually make or break. Either I read the book for one chapter and then slam it close shelving it to become a dust magnet or I will read the book for one chapter and have trouble falling asleep or doing anything else until I finish the book. I am here to report that it was definitely the latter for this book.
From the moment I began to read this book I was intrigued by how the words bounced off the page with ease into my mind. The use of easy to read words and language tangled with the added usage of other languages (like the usage of Italian in Tuscany and Florence) added to the authenticity which made you feel as though you had been teleported into the story, walking beside the characters as they experienced the pinnacle heights of happiness, the spiralling pains of heartache and everything in between as they travelled on their journeys.
The story begins with the explorations of the lives of single mother Lara, an editor and aspiring musical theatre performer and Adam, an architect and established performer. We are given a glimpse into their lives at first. Lara’s struggle as she tries to maintain a happy home life, providing for her daughter Nikki but dreams of something more and greater for them both. When we first meet Adam he comes across on face value as a hard to approach, distant man. Soon life takes its toll and soon we see the beginnings of an intricate, twisting journey that like gravity pulls them together in what can only be described for different reasons as meant to be.
As the pages allow us to read on Jennifer does a magical job of allowing us to delve even deeper into the lives of these two characters as they struggle to maintain the secrecy of their affair with one another as they unknowingly pull and tug at each other’s heartstrings while trying to maintain the high brick wall facade that is effecting their lives and not allowing other’s in.
Soon you find your heart softening for both Lara and Adam as through the secondary characters such as Lara’s sister, Suzie and daughter, Nikki as well as Adam’s foster parents Charles and Elizabeth we are allowed a glance into their lives, moments, feelings and relationships that Lara and Adam have struggled to portray. Jennifer has done a marvellous job allowing us to see it from this secondary point of view before we are drawn back to our main characters.
Throughout the book we establish feelings and thoughts for each of the characters and either grow to love or hate them, some taking us longer than others to decide on their fates.
What drew me most to this book in the first place was the link to Australian musical theatre and it did not fail to only make me grow more and more in love with it as Lara and Adam explore their characters and relationships not only with themselves with others. This is something many including myself can relate to the feelings that musical theatre gives us; lost in the music, captured by passion and transported to places we can only dream of.
I was even more intrigued and unable to put the book down as we were taken on a beautiful and graphic journey with Lara, Adam and Nikki through their visit to Europe. Jennifer’s use and obvious knowledge and passion for these places shone through the pages as we as readers are encouraged to taste the tantalising foods and climb to the highest peaks as the story reaches a pivotal crescendo that is demonstrated by Lara and Adam’s unhindered exploration of the intimacies and discoveries that they before now have had to hold back on.
Then like a flash of lightening hitting a hundred year old tree, causing it to break in half so do our hearts and minds as their plane lands causing them to move back to reality, to fight the demons and pain that for so long they had sidelined.
Jennifer’s re introduction of what I feel is the story villain, Katrina ; the wife from Adam’s passionateless and rushed marriage leaves our heart screaming as the relationship is shredded to pieces in an instant we are left asking ourselves how will the characters recover or will they.
As we see them post Europe as they long for that forbidden love, living in a fear of pain and of losing each other permanently. Our heart tears with theirs leaving us with the desire to jump into the book and fix the situation so they can be together, but then you realise they need to go through such a journey and with that you are unable to place the book down.
Suddenly as a blank page hits you in the face as your stop comes up and the journey finishes it leaves you with sadness that you want nothing more than to bury yourself in its magical pages for another eight hours just to know that they are resting well at night and that hope that they can one day be truly together.
I am thankful for the opportunity to read this book that has ignited my thoughts and how I think and I cannot wait to go on the journey again with Adam, Lara and Jennifer in the next installment.