by Zarina de Ruiter
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is the laugh-out-loud funny and sob-equally-loudly brand-spanking new book from fabulous women's fiction author Lucy Robinson. The novel was published yesterday, which was the perfect excuse for a celebration in central London with a bunch of fellow book geeks while enjoying a glass of wine (I say 'a', but we all know there is no such thing as a single glass of wine…).
I read the novel a few weeks ago and fell head over heels in love with Lucy's witty writing and lovable main-character Sally. After finishing the book I was gushing about it all over the Internet, as you do, and Lucy was so grateful for my incoherent ramblings that she invited me to her launch party with the promise of wine. I never say 'no' to an offer of wine anyway, but having the chance to attend the launch for a book that I absolutely adored and meet its talented author in the process? Yes, please!
The brilliant evening was a who's who of wonderful people, with publishers and book bloggers in attendance alongside an abundance of fantastic authors, such as Victoria Fox, Hannah Beckerman, Ali Harris, Paige Toon, Matt Dunn, Rowan Coleman and our very own Novelicious funny-lady, Rosie Blake! Lucy was the star of the evening, of course, and she even sparkled like one in her stunning dress as she gave a heartfelt thank you speech.
Befitting the book's operatic theme there were also two breathtakingly beautiful performances by some very talented people. I had absolutely no idea what they were singing as it was sung in a foreign language, but their emotional performances were an awe-inspiring experience. I was already interested in watching an opera in the theatre after reading The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me and after witnessing these mesmerising performances I am especially keen.
Other highlights of the evening included meeting the ever so lovely lady of the hour herself, Lucy was such a sweetheart and I'm glad I wasn't the only one actively encouraging group hugs on the night; plotting the perfect murder with the glamorous Victoria Fox; and walking up to Ali Harris just to give her a hug and tell her how much I love her books. This is what a few drinks on a nearly empty stomach does to me. I am so very sorry, Ali!
Despite my over eagerness to hug authors it was a truly ace night. Thank you very much to Lucy for the invite.
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson is out now.