Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway: Review

Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway: ReviewStill Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway
on March 24, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?


Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

Alexis says…

I think I have become the ultimate LH Cosway fan-girl.  I have been truly captivated by each and every book of hers.  All the characters she writes about are so different than the other books out there.  So for my #cleanoffyourkindle I decided to check one of her older books out.

Jade is a recovering alchololic and trying to make ends meet as the sole guardian for her three half-siblings.  Part of her time she works at the concert hall and the other time she busks on the streets.  You are probably wondering what a busker is, right?! It’s people you see standing for long periods of time without moving. In Jade’s case, she dresses up with feathers, paint, and a wig.  While performing one day, meets Shane. After a steamy alley romp, she comes face-to-face with him at the concert hall where he has just been hired as their new violinist. Shane is a bit of an enigma in the music industry.  He has joined the concert hall after a break-up with his quartet.  He is also trying to move on from a relationship that went sour.

I loved the slow build of this “relationship”. There was no outlandish insta-love, no crazy angst, just a budding relationship neither of them could deny.  Jade being burned in the past and worried about her sobriety does not want anything resembling a relationship.  Shane ultimately breaks down her barriers and shows her that he will not hurt her and that she is worthy of love.  With everything that happened to Jade, I’m actually quite surprised she is so “together”. She is doing an amazing job raising her siblings and teaching them to be responsible even though she is still so young.  I loved her inner dialogue and her witty report with Shane. Shane is also just completely swoonworthy! He is sexy, serenades her with music, and has a fabulous mouth on him!  Though they are so different, Jade is living paycheck to paycheck and Shane is used to the luxurious side of things they are so perfect for each other.

This was a fantastic book with a great story that also has a great message. I highly recommend you pick this one up.


About L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.