The Music Shop

The Music Shop

Book - 2017
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"It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the England. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. It attracts the lonely, the sleepless, the adrift. There is room for everyone. Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need. Into this shop arrives Ilse Brauchmann--practical, brave, well-heeled. Frank falls for this curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse's reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. Frank's passion for Ilse seems as misguided as his determination to save vinyl. How can a man so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of helping himself? And what will it take to show he loves her? The Music Shop is a story about good, ordinary people who take on forces too big for them. It's about falling in love and how hard it can be. And it's about music--how it can bring us together when we are divided and save us when all seems lost."--
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385681230
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,25 cm.

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benton_0
Jan 22, 2020

Very easy to establish an online account.

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darladoodles
Nov 28, 2019

The gift of music is celebrated in this unusual romance from Rachel Joyce. It seemed a bit slow and the pace was frustrating at times, but the end more than makes up for it. Here is a hint:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7J...
Really great pick for book groups!

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RosaReads2
Jun 11, 2019

Like the music that inspired Frank's life within this book, this story moved along like easy listening and built up to an orchestral crescendo at the end. It was a delightful story with a colorful cast of characters who rallied around the kind music shop man who had inspired and touched each one of their lives. The moving conclusion had me in emotional tears with a big smile.

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feralranger
Mar 15, 2019

Another charming book by the author of The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This one has the added element of music and its music for everyone, from rock to classic references. The beauty of vinyl, the 80's, real people with real problems, societies misfits with music as their theme songs. It was enjoyable and easy to read but not light, it has weight. The music shop owner, Frank seems to be able to match people with music that helps fix their souls but he has trouble applying his musical magic to his own life.
Sweet and Quirky.

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DorisWaggoner
Feb 28, 2019

I had a lot of trouble getting into this book, for some reason. I did like Frank, but the other quirky characters seemed just too quirky. The community they formed was a bit too quirky too. I liked the idea that Frank could pick what kind of music someone needed, in spite of what they thought they wanted--and he was usually right. But he was SO wrong about Ilse, about everything about Ilse. Wrong enough to send her packing back to Germany, where she was miserable, leaving him miserable. I admit that I had trouble keeping track of the plot at times. My book club's considering reading this, or I wouldn't have finished it. In the long run, I'm glad I did. The ending is sweet and the community ends up as it should be.

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wayoflife
Oct 29, 2018

Ohmigod Ohmigod Ohmigod what a beautiful quirky novel. If you love the movies Almost Famous and Singles or High Fidelity, you Must read this one.

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WoodneathReads
Oct 16, 2018

Frank is an eccentric music shop owner with lots of characters dropping in. He has a gift of being able to pick exactly the right music that a person needs in their life at precisely the right moment. A fun read with an over the top, world is right ending. --Linda R.

DBRL_ReginaF Sep 22, 2018

This book was recommended by a friend and I'm so glad it was or I might not have ever found it! I loved it! I kept wanting to stop to listen to all the music that was in the book.

ehbooklover Jun 29, 2018

This book is essentially a love letter to music and as a music lover myself, I enjoyed it immensely. I especially liked the characters. My favourite part of reading this book was how it made me feel. The author's descriptions of the experience of listening to music via vinyl records brought back so many memories of afternoons spent sitting next to my stereo, playing my LPs on the turntable. A wonderful, nostalgia-filled read.

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heidijoemonty
May 08, 2018

I loved this book. It reminds me of a cross between Notting Hill and Amelie, two of my favorite films. The characters are so well written and I loved the musical element to the story. Very light read, a nice, easy development with feeling.

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