Tina is The New Girl and, according to Thomas – The One to Watch. How she made it on The Guest List is anyone’s guess. Even though Every Note (Tina) Played on the cello is sweeter than summer, more revealing than The Light Through the Leaves, she’s the reason for all of the Anxious People at the wedding.
Unlike others, unlike everyone, actually, Tina has no Tiny Imperfections. She can never be Tina, Lost in a Crowd, because she’s too singular, too stunning, like The Last Fallen Star gracing Earth.
Tina arrived in town six months ago like People We Meet on Vacation – she was too unusual, too unlike the residents to remain. She has an air about her, with Stars in (Her) Eyes, more Dream Girl than Cellist, although she does play heavenly. Some say that she’s one of the Tree Fairies that children see Whereabouts in the nearby forest. She’s certainly no President’s Daughter, but for those who still Believed in Mermaids, Tina puts them in a State of Terror. What if, in the Dead of Winter, wee folk and goblins and even The Ferryman’s stories of the Sea Witch are true?
Thomas, the groom, scoffs at these misgivings. He views Tina as an example of Beautiful Things that exist in our world. “Life Is Like a Mosaic,” he whispers to his best man Caleb as they wait near the church altar. Tina plays her cello and the bride, Sarah, waltzes down the aisle toward him. “The Space Between Us is narrower than you might expect,” Thomas adds.
Oh no! Caleb tries to hold Thomas back now, but the groom escapes and trots toward Tina and away from his bride.
The cello stops playing, Sarah the bride stops mid-stride halfway down the aisle, fear in her eyes. “Thomas, I’ll Meet You in the Middle!” Sarah pleads.
But Flashes of Life spark from Thomas’ entire being. He takes Tina’s hand and pulls her up from her cello chair. He can feel The Madness of Crowds around the two of them, but he doesn’t care. “This is Happiness,” he claims. “Before you’re Gone with the Wind, take me with you, Tina. We’ll be a Party of Two, in A Promised Land of possibilities.”
“He’s bewitched!” the crowd murmurs, and they leave the pews to circle Sarah the bride, beginning The Art of Mending.
In order of appearance;
The New Girl, Daniel Silva
One to Watch, Kate Stayman-London
The Guest List, Lucy Foley
Every Note Played, Lisa Genova
The Light Through the Leaves: A Novel, Glendy Vanderah
Anxious People, Fredrik Backman
Tiny Imperfections, Alli Frank
Tina Lost in a Crowd, Miriam Hurdle
The Last Fallen Star, Graci Kim
Golden Girl, Elin Hilderbrand
Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life, Julianna Margulies
The Nothing Girl, Jodi Taylor (audible)
People We Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry
Stars in Our Eyes, Lee Darby
Dream Girl, Laura Lippman
The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21), Daniel Silva
Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories, D.L. Finn
Whereabouts,, Jhumpa Lahiri
The President’s Daughter, Bill Clinton, James Patterson
When We Believed in Mermaids, Barbara O’Neal
State of Terror, Hillary Clinton, Louise Penney
Dead of Winter, Journey 1-12, Teagan Riordain Geneviene
The Ferryman and the Sea Witch, D.W. Peach
Beautiful Things, Hunter Biden
Life is like a Mosaic: Random fragments in harmony, Sally Cronin
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
In Five Years, Rebecca Serle
Beginner’s Mind, Yo-Yo Ma (audible)
I Thought You Said This Would Work, Ann Garvin (audible)
The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave
Finding Freedom, Erin French
The Magic of Found Objects, Maddie Dawson
The Cracked Mirror, Reflections of an Appalachian Son, Billy Ray Chitwood
Meet You in the Middle, Devon Daniels
Flashes of Life, Pamela S. Wight
The Madness of Crowds, Louise Penny
This Is Happiness, Niall Williams
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (audibles)
Party of Two, Jasmine Guillory
A Promised Land, Barack Obama (audible)
The Art of Mending, Elizabeth Berg
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan
Slivers: Chiseled Poetry, Balroop Singh
For the titles of all 94 books I read in 2021, please visit my 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge. https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/26799326 . I hope you enjoyed this story, created from my reading list. Here’s to more wonderful reading in 2022!