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Bel Canto

by Ann Patchett

This is not your usual hostage/siege story, instead it's full of beautiful descriptions and some unusual love stories. It may also appeal to anyone who enjoys opera, but if you're not an opera fan, don't let that put you off. If you like romance or suspense you'll find this a good read.

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No one would have said her voice sounded better with an orchestra, or that it was better when the room was immaculately clean and lit by candles. They did not notice the absence of flowers or champagne, in fact they knew now that flowers and champagne were unnecessary embellishments. Had she really not been singing all along? The sound was no more beautiful when her voice was limber and warm. Their eyes clouded over with tears for so many reasons it would be impossible to list them all. They cried for the beauty of the music, but also for the failure of their plans.

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