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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Avery never thought the chance meeting with a young street musician while in New York City with her parents would ever resurface. Who would have thought that the brilliant young violinist who captured her heart on a cold blustery day would appear years later? That trip to New York was her last family vacation – her mother passed away soon after from cancer and, with Dad running from his grief, Avery ends up spending her high school years living with her grandmother. Not that she minds. That’s when she finds her real passion: photography. And, it’s this passion that sends her to Oxford University for the summer to further her studies in the art of photography. That’s where she meets Liam, the lead singer of a band called Brotherhood and a violin student at the university. Is it a match made in heaven? Or can they weather and survive a long-distance relationship?
M.W. McKinley’s novel, Please Stay for Me (The Brotherhood Series), is a romance story with an artsy twist. Two creative minds interact more than once in their lives and, as the plot thickens, one wonders if this meeting of creativity is meant to last. The story follows the two main characters, Avery the photographer and Liam the violinist, each telling their story in the first-person narrative, much like the format of many other authors like Jodi Picoult. The characters are well developed with a good sense of place in the author’s ability to describe the scenes. The backstories of the two main characters are inserted with ease so as not to confuse the reader. Dialogue effectively helps move the story forward and adds a touch of reality to each scene, along with compassion and a bit of humor. This is a comforting read, with lots of visual and musical arts instilled to give it an exotic air. A good read.