Dylan Rutledge, at eighteen, had music as his only obsession and the belief that he would become a great composer. The only one who believes in him is Laurence Northcliff, a young history master at the Venerable Bede School for Young Gentlemen, where Dylan is studying. Even while Laurence encourages and believes in Dylan's talent, he does not realize that Dylan loves him.
Dylan's belief in himself and his reach for his dream comes at a heavy price - alienation from his family. While following his dream there are many trials, tribulations, stumbles and a devastating loss that could very well kill the dream that nothing else could have. Yet, there does come a ray of hope in the form of Geoffrey Dohnányi, a Gypsy violinist who was tutored by a man considered to be one of the best in the field at the time. Will Dylan be able to reach past his despair and bitterness and take the love? Will he let the music flow once more? Or will the new obstacles thrown in both of their paths prove to be too much?
Counterpoint: Dylan's Story is a beautifully written story about love and following your dreams, regardless of the cost. It is also about loss and learning to go on - and love again - in spite (and because) of the loss. Dylan's passion - and pigheaded stubbornness - comes through in dazzling color. Both Laurence and Geoffrey serve as balances - and counterpoints - to Dylan in different ways. Laurence is just as passionate, and as stubborn, about what he does but in a more...level....way. Sort of like turning a corner and going "Oh, there you are" with a smile at seeing an old friend. Geoffrey is as vibrant and fiery as Laurence is warm and cool. That vibrancy and fieryness serves in good measure against Dylan's own, almost mad, passion.
This is a really wonderful read that I would definitely recommend to others.
At eighteen Dylan Rutledge has one obsession: music. He believes his destiny is to be the greatest composer of the rapidly approaching twentieth century. Only Laurence Northcliff, a young history master at The Venerable Bede School for Young Gentlemen, believes in Dylan’s talent and encourages his dream, not realizing Dylan is in love with him.
But Dylan’s passion and belief in his future come at a high price. They will alienate him from his family and lead him on a rocky path fraught with disappointment, rejection, and devastating loss that kills his dream. A forbidden love could bring the dream back to life and rescue Dylan from despair and bitterness, but does he have the courage to reach out and take it? Will he deny the music that rules his soul?