From Goodreads: Freddy Sevchek is a congenial but rather slow twenty five year old copy room clerk with a penchant for petty larceny who has a crush on a beautiful fifty-something receptionist. When Freddy finally plucks up the courage to ask her out, she reluctantly agrees to see him, but only for one hour. Freddy decides to spend the precious time serenading her on a Stradivarius violin that he has unwittingly stolen but is loathe to return to what he regards as an unhappy fate as a museum exhibit. To keep himself out of jail Freddy negotiates with an unethical violin repairman who offers to disguise the Strad as an inferior instrument, but a series of jealous rivals, one of whom Freddy decides to kill, and a fastidious violin instructor who nonetheless has Freddy’s best interests at heart keep getting in the way of his plans. After he botches the murder Freddy is despondent until a mysterious and sometimes daffy co-worker points him toward his true bliss and helps cook up a scheme to rescue his beloved violin as well.
This was a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know Freddy and his accidental lover, Jill (the Stradivarius). Freddy is a quirky character with some issues, and I thought he was hilarious, especially when it comes to his love for his stolen violin. While on the outside, this is a quirky novel about Freddy’s love affair with a violin, the novel actually takes a deeper look into the human psyche and how far one will go to hold on to that which we love—inanimate object or not.
All of the characters in The Accidental Lover were very well written and the many twists and turns within the novel kept my attention as I read. It is fast paced, and Freddy goes from one crazy incident to the next: stealing a violin, attempted murder, being “mugged,” being hounded by the police… there was never a dull moment and I liked the novel a lot. Music lovers will especially enjoy this novel! Check it out and let me know what you think! Three stars!
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.