A Duet for Invisible Strings


Heledd, leader of the first violins, has been in love with her irrepressible conductor Rosemary for years. But Heledd has a secret.

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A beautiful love story set to music.

A secret from her past means Heledd must hide how she feels about Rosemary, but the time they spend working and performing together is enough for Heledd – until a near miss with a speeding car forces her to rethink everything she thought she knew.

When the orchestra is mysteriously summoned to perform in the Welsh village where Heledd grew up – a village she hasn't returned to in decades – the life she's made for herself begins to unravel, and her secrets threaten to escape.

What did one wear, to an evening of pizza, wine and a private harp performance by the woman with whom one was secretly in love?

She brushed her teeth, put on her nightclothes. She got into bed and turned off the light. And then, in the darkness, she wept silently until her eyes burned and her whole body shook.

Special Edition Extras

A sumptuous package of extras to really get you in the mood for A Duet for Invisible Strings.

  • Deleted Scenes
    A pair of insightful scenes that didn't make it into the final book, with notes by the author.
  • Playlist
    A list of beautiful music tracks and Spotify playlist to listen to while reading A Duet for Invisible Strings.
    This playlist includes music that reminds me of the characters in Duet , music that I think might be in the Prelude Chamber Orchestra’s repertoire, music that feels evocative of certain moments in the story, and one piece of music that features in the novella itself!
  • Recommendations
    A list of recommended reading and viewing to get more from A Duet for Invisible Strings.
    Before writing A Duet for Invisible Strings , I knew I’d need to do some research to make sure the musicians and orchestra felt authentic and accurate. Here are the resources that I found the most informative and enjoyable!

Why you'll love A Duet for Invisible Strings

In little over 25,000 words, Llinos never lets us assume anything. From the opening and the suggestion of a ‘mistake’, we’re never sure what’s going on. We can guess, we can hope, but we’re never certain.

And that’s what does it for me. The hope that the protagonists ll get together is what makes this romance novella so special.


A Duet for Invisible Strings is a beautiful romance, with paranormal elements and an older sapphic couple. There’s a real building of danger and claustrophobia as her world spirals away from Heledd. It’s beautifully accomplished and utilizes the shorter page-count perfectly.

Foxes and Fairy Tales

Amazing chemistry, pining, and the beautiful world of classical music. How the hell does so much pining fit into such a short story?

Local Bee Hunter's Nook

A really lovely contemporary fantasy novella for adults, with a lovely, understated romance and such a perfect unfolding of its magical puzzle that the moment I finished reading it, I went straight back to the beginning and re-read it all immediately, just to savour how neatly all the hints and clues had been laid!

Really, really lovely and SUCH a satisfying read.

Stephanie Burgis

News about A Duet for Invisible Strings

A tale of sweet, unrequited love, embittered by the possibility of devastating loss, set to music.

A Duet for Invisible Strings is a romance novella filled with music, mystery, and love, with a paranormal twist.

Photo of Llinos Cathryn Thomas

Llinos Cathryn Thomas

I'm a queer Welsh fangirl who sometimes writes things.

Llinos Cathryn Thomas was born and raised on the North Wales coast, where she read a lot of Welsh fairy tales and legends and watched a lot of Star Trek – which probably explains some things about how she turned out.

She has a degree in Russian Studies from the University of Nottingham, which she has used mainly to deepen her appreciation for the movie Anastasia.

She now lives in London with her wife, and when she’s not writing she is often reading instead, and if she’s not doing either of those things she’s probably watching TV.

She is the author of two speculative F/F romance novellas, Sparks Fly and A Duet for Invisible Strings, and is working on a novel.

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