21 September 2021
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His shop could almost be a drop in counselling service, Frank knows personal stories of sadness and pain, of hope and joy, people trying to soothe their wounds and keep their memories alive. Helping people through music is what Frank regards as his mission. He is content and settled.
Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.
Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. Initially, I thought there was going to be an element of magic about her.
The other shops on the parade are owned by a mix of eccentrics and misfits, all from various walks of life, all a bit flawed and all with kind generous hearts. I particularly liked Father Anthony and Kit, Frank's endearing naive shop assistant.
Times are changing, vinyl is being replaced by CD's and Frank struggles to find suppliers. Developers are sniffing around eager to re-develop the area, and one by one the shop owners are reluctantly accepting that people are shopping elsewhere. How long can Frank hold out?
A delightful, enjoyable read.