Publication Date: August 2, 2021
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Genre: Victorian Romance
Dates Read: July 24-25, 2021
Format: Paperback ARC from publisher
Song of Salzburg
Publisher’s Weekly says, “The romance is chaste, slow-building, and sweet, and Johnson makes both characters’ love of music palpable. This is a treat.”
When talented violinist Freya Winter is chosen to take part in a musical celebration alongside some of the best instrumentalists in the world, she is thrilled. Performing in front of royalty is a breathtaking opportunity, but her true motivation for traveling to Salzburg is to fulfill an unlikely dream: to meet and train under the renowned Salzburg Maestro, a master musician shrouded in mystery.
Freya travels aboard the Orient Express to practice with the newly formed orchestra in Salzburg, and nothing can distract her—not her mother’s illness, nor her father’s domineering ways; however, when a handsome passenger becomes a regular fixture on her journeys, Freya feels her focus blurring. Conversation with Erich is easy, and their shared love of music draws them undeniably closer. But even as they open their hearts to each other, the harsh realities of her family life intrude on the future she’s envisioned, and Freya feels her dreams slipping through her fingers, threatening to rob her of everything she cherishes most.
I really enjoyed Song of Salzburg. It is the final installment in the Romance on the Orient Express series, and it was by far my favorite!
Content Warnings: None
I loved our MC Freya. She is a musician–a wonderful violinist, and has the opportunity to go to Salzburg to learn and play for the renowned Salzburg Maestro. An opportunity which her parents do not agree with, and simply do not understand. As Freya makes her way to Salzburg on The Orient Express, she meets Erich, a fellow passenger who shares her love of the violin.
I really enjoyed reading Freya and Erich’s budding relationship as the ride the train back and forth. It was such an interesting way to see a developing relationship. I also really enjoyed Erich’s character. He comes off very mysterious and I loved that Freya didn’t know exactly why until the very end.
I found the plot was good, but there were a few things that were quite predictable for me. For example, I knew exactly who the Salzburg Maestro was, and I also figured out why certain things were happening with our MC’s. This is the only reason I took off a star. I would have loved for this to be just slightly more mysterious.
Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and as always, Jen Geigle Johnson did not disappoint. I definitely recommend.
Special thanks to Covenant Communications who gifted me a paperback ARC for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
JEN GEIGLE JOHNSON is an award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and LDSPMA Praiseworthy’s top award for Romance, Jen Geigle Johnson has more stories circulating in her brain than can possibly be told. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. HIstory is her main jam. Her literary heroes include the greats: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. But she has modern sensibilities as well. Six children and an inspiring husband keep her going and make certain she doesn’t stay glued to a keyboard or lost in obscure fascinating details of old castles. She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She waterskis like a boss and hits the powder, falling down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love with the man who would become her everything.
Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.