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In the world of the bestselling novel Forbidden Melody, comes a new stand alone novel. Childhood best friends Florence Bell and Bailey Scott had known since they met that they wanted to play music together. What they weren't prepared for, was falling in love. Florence, a prodigy cellist, with world renowned musicians as parents, had always been destined for greatness. So, wh In the world of the bestselling novel Forbidden Melody, comes a new stand alone novel. Childhood best friends Florence Bell and Bailey Scott had known since they met that they wanted to play music together. What they weren't prepared for, was falling in love. Florence, a prodigy cellist, with world renowned musicians as parents, had always been destined for greatness. So, when she gets an opportunity of a lifetime, she has to take it and leave a devastated Bailey behind. After spending two years building a life without Florence in it, a tragic accident thrusts her into Bailey's life once again. With years of unresolved feelings, can Bailey forgive Florence for their past? Can Florence remember it? And will their music be what saves them both?


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In the world of the bestselling novel Forbidden Melody, comes a new stand alone novel. Childhood best friends Florence Bell and Bailey Scott had known since they met that they wanted to play music together. What they weren't prepared for, was falling in love. Florence, a prodigy cellist, with world renowned musicians as parents, had always been destined for greatness. So, wh In the world of the bestselling novel Forbidden Melody, comes a new stand alone novel. Childhood best friends Florence Bell and Bailey Scott had known since they met that they wanted to play music together. What they weren't prepared for, was falling in love. Florence, a prodigy cellist, with world renowned musicians as parents, had always been destined for greatness. So, when she gets an opportunity of a lifetime, she has to take it and leave a devastated Bailey behind. After spending two years building a life without Florence in it, a tragic accident thrusts her into Bailey's life once again. With years of unresolved feelings, can Bailey forgive Florence for their past? Can Florence remember it? And will their music be what saves them both?

30 review for While the Music Lasts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Positive review deleted based upon recent events

  2. 4 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    3.5 stars This was a sweet read for fans of classical music. A second chance romance between a cellist and a high school music teacher. When you are a world class musician is your professional life more important than the love of your life? If you get a second chance at love will your priorities change? The author includes all the music mentioned or played by the mains which the reader can play while reading this story. An okay romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ban

    If you've loved Forbidden Melody (and let's be honest, who didn't love that book), you're in for a proper treat right at the beginning of this book. That alone made my day before I even got into reading about Florence and Bailey. Just the simple mention of Tristesse alone brought back all the memories from when I was reading Forbidden Melody. What a brilliant way to start a book and a lovely way of showing how those two books are 'somewhat' connected. I've loved seeing 'side' characters of Forbi If you've loved Forbidden Melody (and let's be honest, who didn't love that book), you're in for a proper treat right at the beginning of this book. That alone made my day before I even got into reading about Florence and Bailey. Just the simple mention of Tristesse alone brought back all the memories from when I was reading Forbidden Melody. What a brilliant way to start a book and a lovely way of showing how those two books are 'somewhat' connected. I've loved seeing 'side' characters of Forbidden Melody again while getting to know the new stars of the show. I didn't realize back then how much I've liked them all in the end. Emerson being there for Florence and talking some sense into her seemed oddly familiar and I love the guy for that. A lot. Now, Florence and Bailey? I've lost track of how often my heart broke for the two of them. I wanted to hug them both, repeatedly. I loved how, once again, music was a way of communication. For things they couldn't say. I've never thought about the guitar in that setting, but with Bailey it just made sense. Also, where I'm tempted to pick up a random cello and try my luck... Honestly, what's not to love? There's heartbreak in there. Lots, really. Angst. Music. And also so much love. The entire package is right there and it's worth every single second spent reading. Also: The Ugly Duckling? I have a soft spot for that thing, I don't know why.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    It's been too long since I read this. I remember liking it, and it's well written. It's been too long since I read this. I remember liking it, and it's well written.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    3.5 stars This sequel focused on an ancillary connection & characters to the original book. Alas, I did find this a little less interesting. At points, this seemed to drag on, which didn't happen in the first book. There still is a lot of fire & connection between the main characters Florence & Bailey but I was not as vested in this outing. 3.5 stars This sequel focused on an ancillary connection & characters to the original book. Alas, I did find this a little less interesting. At points, this seemed to drag on, which didn't happen in the first book. There still is a lot of fire & connection between the main characters Florence & Bailey but I was not as vested in this outing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    For a moment I thought they wouldn't end up together and I cried for a few pages, I'm happy I was wrong, because after everything they've been through, they really deserve to be happy. I'm sad about a little thing I can't say because it'd be a spoiler, but I get it's how life is. I wish there were more moments of them happy together, I missed that I've lost my memory too, not as much time as Florence, and for different reasons, but It's really hard not remembering important things, moments, people For a moment I thought they wouldn't end up together and I cried for a few pages, I'm happy I was wrong, because after everything they've been through, they really deserve to be happy. I'm sad about a little thing I can't say because it'd be a spoiler, but I get it's how life is. I wish there were more moments of them happy together, I missed that I've lost my memory too, not as much time as Florence, and for different reasons, but It's really hard not remembering important things, moments, people I met, some I had the chance to meet again, others I haven't and I'll never remember hot level🔥: 4/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennabeebs

    Forbidden Melody is one of my favorite books and I was thrilled when this book came out. While it can be read as a standalone, it’s best to read Forbidden Melody first. This book began with an absolutely horrific accident which changed Florence’s life forever. What follows is a really sweet story of two hearts finding their way back to one another. I highly recommend this one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kexx

    Love the juasta position between the story and the music: good back characters and enjoyable story. I really love her writing. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janne Magalhaes

    Such a sweet book.. With characters that are clearly soulmates.. Books with songs captivate me! Florence and Bailey is sĂł cutiee.. And music is.. Bravo...

  10. 4 out of 5

    LeeBookie

    While the Music Lasts is a perfectly crafted sapphic second chance romance. More times than not, I have difficulty enjoying this trope b/c I don’t find the reason for the initial separation to really make sense. One does not make a decision to rip their own heart out lightly after all. In this story, the reason was laid out but the different factors involved were further clarified throughout the story almost right up until the end. I personally appreciated the attention given to that. This is a While the Music Lasts is a perfectly crafted sapphic second chance romance. More times than not, I have difficulty enjoying this trope b/c I don’t find the reason for the initial separation to really make sense. One does not make a decision to rip their own heart out lightly after all. In this story, the reason was laid out but the different factors involved were further clarified throughout the story almost right up until the end. I personally appreciated the attention given to that. This is a beautiful story centered on two musicians who were best friends since childhood. (Bailey plays guitar and Florence is a Cellist). They became lovers during college and spent five years together before an opportunity to play in a Symphony overseas tore them apart. Two years later, a tragedy places them back within each other’s reach. They then need to see if what they lost can be found again. The writing in this book is phenomenal! The chemistry between Bailey and Florence is almost palpable. I don’t think I’ve ever rooted for two characters more than I did here. This is a book I know I’ll read again and again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    When love is so real its just right This is an emotional & entertaining story with characters so genuine & so relatable that they truly feel like real people in your actual reality, combined with a believably compelling & heart-felt plot line drawing you in so effortlessly & subtly, you don't realize exactly just how caught up you are til you try & can’t make yourself put it down. When love is so real its just right This is an emotional & entertaining story with characters so genuine & so relatable that they truly feel like real people in your actual reality, combined with a believably compelling & heart-felt plot line drawing you in so effortlessly & subtly, you don't realize exactly just how caught up you are til you try & can’t make yourself put it down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica Lee

    Simply wonderful This was a great story and the music knowledge was amazing. You can tell the author did her research for this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Huh

    Heartrending story A large part of this story was abut the loss of a love between Florence and Bailey. Florence and Bailey had been friends since childhood. They met while waiting for their respective music lessons. They matured as friends and as musicians. A difficult decision is made by one of them that deeply affects the love they had. I deeply felt Bailey’s pain and it made me wonder how I would have reacted. Music is said to heal the soul and is the language of love. This story stays true t Heartrending story A large part of this story was abut the loss of a love between Florence and Bailey. Florence and Bailey had been friends since childhood. They met while waiting for their respective music lessons. They matured as friends and as musicians. A difficult decision is made by one of them that deeply affects the love they had. I deeply felt Bailey’s pain and it made me wonder how I would have reacted. Music is said to heal the soul and is the language of love. This story stays true to those sentiments but not without a lot of disquietude. This is the second book Ms Robbins has written using music, “Forbidden Melody” being the first, and she writes so well about stringed instruments I feel she must play some.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Celenia S

    A wonderful story about soul mates. Magnolia Robbins has done it again !! Thank you for your gift! This is a story that you can come back to and read again and again. You can meet you soulmate as a child. Two young girls meet on the day of their first music lesson. One with a cello and one with a guitar. Both become outstanding, even exceptional musicians. They grow up together as best friends and in college become more than best friends. Lifelong dreams and aspirations tear them apart and then A wonderful story about soul mates. Magnolia Robbins has done it again !! Thank you for your gift! This is a story that you can come back to and read again and again. You can meet you soulmate as a child. Two young girls meet on the day of their first music lesson. One with a cello and one with a guitar. Both become outstanding, even exceptional musicians. They grow up together as best friends and in college become more than best friends. Lifelong dreams and aspirations tear them apart and then a tragic accident brings them back together this time will they be able to live the lives they need to together or will they have to separate again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Keisha Ming

    Will there be a follow up book? Even with the epilogue I'm not satisfied with that ending it feels like too much is left unsaid and makes me wonder if Florence is really deserving of Bailey. I'd like to see her POV before her memory loss, what made her return this time and what stopped her prior? I'd love even a short story a few years later seeing her regaining her memories and dealing with her choices. I understand leaving Bailey for your dreams but how could she have betrayed her that badly t Will there be a follow up book? Even with the epilogue I'm not satisfied with that ending it feels like too much is left unsaid and makes me wonder if Florence is really deserving of Bailey. I'd like to see her POV before her memory loss, what made her return this time and what stopped her prior? I'd love even a short story a few years later seeing her regaining her memories and dealing with her choices. I understand leaving Bailey for your dreams but how could she have betrayed her that badly to begin with

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I really really enjoyed this book. When I read the playlist and saw 'A Thousand Years' I thought if I haven't already cried I will when I get to this song. So...I cried way before that. The situation was heart-wrenching. Without giving away the plot, I defy anyone not to feel their heart ache for Bailey. I loved 'Forbidden Melody' so I was anxious about 'While the Music Lasts' living up to it. Well, it did. Both books stand alone and both are in my favourite file. I really really enjoyed this book. When I read the playlist and saw 'A Thousand Years' I thought if I haven't already cried I will when I get to this song. So...I cried way before that. The situation was heart-wrenching. Without giving away the plot, I defy anyone not to feel their heart ache for Bailey. I loved 'Forbidden Melody' so I was anxious about 'While the Music Lasts' living up to it. Well, it did. Both books stand alone and both are in my favourite file.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mirtha Siblesz

    Wonderful story! As good as Forbidden Melody was this story is a close second! The character development was excellent. Florence and Bailey were so in love that even with Florence suffering from retrograde amnesia it was strongly prevalent. The supporting characters were excellent. Emerson (Florence’s uncle), and Therese (Bailey’s mother) were very supporting, and loving. I hope there will be a third book in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Carney

    Good book A beautiful love story that is going to make you cry. Florence and Bailey started music lessons together when they where young , built a friendship through the years that lead to love that was suppose to be strong. Music and dreams split them until an accident happens. The characters flowed so well you feel like you are there with all the beautiful music that they play.

  19. 4 out of 5

    G. Ranea Hackworth

    I loved it I just finished reading this wonderful story and I still haven't stopped crying. In the beginning I was really upset with Florence and then again when she left the second time. I was so glad when she realized just how much she did love Bailey. The way the story was written was different and refreshing. I guess I knew they would be together it still didn't let me know for sure and I liked that. I look forward to reading another from you. I loved it I just finished reading this wonderful story and I still haven't stopped crying. In the beginning I was really upset with Florence and then again when she left the second time. I was so glad when she realized just how much she did love Bailey. The way the story was written was different and refreshing. I guess I knew they would be together it still didn't let me know for sure and I liked that. I look forward to reading another from you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bevan

    musical The basis of the story was fine but for me the was way too much detail about the music - it overshadows the story for me. If you are way into your classical music then this may be the book for you but it was way out of balance for me. I’ve read other books with similar music/love stories where the two have been perfectly in tune with each other giving them a good balance but sadly this one didn’t for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    Definitely a keeper! This is one of those books that you won’t get tired of reading over and over. The author did a great job developing the MCs, how you can almost hear the MCs passionately perform, and how you are always left wanting more after each chapter. So full of emotions and the delivery is just perfect. Good job on this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bierce

    I could hear the music coming off the pages as I read this book. When Florence played "A Thousand Years", I cried along while reading. This book moved me beyond words. I definitely recommend this book!!!! I could hear the music coming off the pages as I read this book. When Florence played "A Thousand Years", I cried along while reading. This book moved me beyond words. I definitely recommend this book!!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    book

    First 25% was heartbreaking, but I felt the rest of it did not live up to it. Like the concept of the trauma wasn't really explored in the complex layers that was promised. But Robbins write music as extraordinarily as she did in Forbidden Melody, and that's always a treat. First 25% was heartbreaking, but I felt the rest of it did not live up to it. Like the concept of the trauma wasn't really explored in the complex layers that was promised. But Robbins write music as extraordinarily as she did in Forbidden Melody, and that's always a treat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    M L Brooks

    A nice sequel I enjoyed this book and it was nice to have call backs to forbidden melody. So!e of the choices bothered me, like Bailey's decision towards the end. But I enjoyed the book! A nice sequel I enjoyed this book and it was nice to have call backs to forbidden melody. So!e of the choices bothered me, like Bailey's decision towards the end. But I enjoyed the book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret L. Hedman

    Great. I really enjoyed While the Music Lasts. It was great to be back in the music world. A beautiful, romantic love story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison MacDonald

    Fantastic Read I absolutely loved Forbidden Melody so much that I have to admit that I was concerned that While The Music Lasts wouldn’t compare favourably to its predecessor. There was no need to worry, this book was fabulous. The characters were well written and you felt for them throughout. The book is full of heartbreak, angst and of course love. It was also to see the return of some characters from Forbidden Melody. As with the previous book the music was exceptionally well researched, liste Fantastic Read I absolutely loved Forbidden Melody so much that I have to admit that I was concerned that While The Music Lasts wouldn’t compare favourably to its predecessor. There was no need to worry, this book was fabulous. The characters were well written and you felt for them throughout. The book is full of heartbreak, angst and of course love. It was also to see the return of some characters from Forbidden Melody. As with the previous book the music was exceptionally well researched, listening to it greatly enhances the read which I did on my second read through. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rae Tattenbaum

    Beautiful story Enjoyed the musical lessons, supporting characters and the romance. The interplay of emotions using the music to connect emotionally and spiritually.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Jillian Tibble

    I thought this was a brilliant read, I got totally immersed in the struggle of the making choices that can affect a person's life! I thought this was a brilliant read, I got totally immersed in the struggle of the making choices that can affect a person's life!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jude

    Very Nice I really liked this story. It really brings to light the hard choices we all have to make and the consequences of those decisions. Well done!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Lovely story Florence and Bailey come.together again via a tragedy. They stay together because of their love. I greatly enjoyed how they communicated their love through music

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