A Song Unsung
A-coming-of-age story with a mystery at its heart, A Song Unsung is Fiona Cane’s fifth novel, and is about an impressionable teenage girl who falls under the spell of a beautiful woman with a mysterious past.
Soho 1958. Martha Palmer, an aspiring singer working in a coffee shop, is desperately short of cash. She’s been scouted by a photographer. The money’s good. But there’s a catch …
Sussex 1976. Nothing much happens in fourteen-year-old Natasha James’ life. Her mother has taken to her bed and her father, the local doctor, is preoccupied with his patients. But when the magnetic Martha Palmer moves into her village, Natasha is drawn into a glittery world of extravagant parties, steeped in the embroidered rhythms of jazz.
But who is the mysterious Martha Palmer? And why is she the keeper of so many secrets? Desperate to fill in the gaps of Martha’s past, Natasha uncovers a heart-breaking love story, the truth of which threatens to destroy all that she holds dear.
I don’t usually enjoy stories with dual timelines, I find that they are usually not my cup of tea, however, A Song Unsung was a pleasant surprise. I found myself so engrossed in Martha and Natasha’s stories that I couldn’t get enough. I have always been interested in the 50’s and 60’s and the history surrounding jazz, I felt like I was really there with them. Fiona Cane has a gift when it comes to story telling, her descriptive and setting of the scenes was wonderful. The mystery and budding romance in between life lessons made this a five-star book.
What inspired Fiona to set one of the storylines in Soho?
Author Bio: Independent author, Fiona Cane, graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Philosophy. She worked in London in film PR, before moving back to Sussex where, as a married mother of two, she divided her time between coaching tennis and writing books. To date, she has published two mysteries, Killing Fame, and The Gate – the psychological thriller, When the Dove Cried – and the critically acclaimed literary thriller, The Other Side of the Mountain.