It sure feels good to be back!  I’m so excited to be on track with reading and writing again, and today I’m especially honored to share this book, “Melody’s Key,” with you all.  

I’ve been receiving a ton of emails from authors requesting reviews of their books, and while I would love to get through all of them, I know that my current situation with school and work would not allow it.  I’m just trying to be realistic, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try and bust a few out here and there.  Dallas Coryell emailed me with the details of his book, and I was excited to begin reading.  

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Dallas Coryell

Let’s get started shall we?

About the Book:

Release Date: June 24th 2016

305 Pages

Genre: Romance

“Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.”

I’d like to start off this review by saying that this particular romance topic is not one I’d normally reach for.  I’d never been into romance dealing with the concept of falling in love with a rich celebrity, mainly because I thought it’d be completely cliché, but this book honestly changed my view.

This love story was so unbelievably sweet!  It makes you hope for that kind of love in your own life.  I find that the best kind of partner is the one that can make you laugh, and this book definitely held that between Tegan and Mason.  Their many relatable movie references and quirky personalities made their romance that much sweeter in my opinion.

Tegan’s family put the biggest smile on my face.  She had the kind of family dynamic that I consider ideal.  They took pride in each other and in being able to have each other’s backs.  I especially loved their Sunday pancakes, an event that happened every Sunday night in which the entire family gathered to eat pancakes for dinner as a tradition.

I have to admit that my favorite part of this story was the home that they lived in.  Tegan’s family called their home “Lockwood Holiday” because they took in vacationing guests and held events for them to interact with the other guests and build relationships, platonic and romantic.  Dallas Coryell put detail into this home and allowed you to truly feel its integrity as you read.  The most special part of the home was its attic, where Tegan often went to find peace.  The attic holds many artifacts from the past, Tegan’s favorite being old letters between lovers.  These letters show Tegan what true love looks like, and give her hope for a love that is unwavering and unconditional.

Luckily, Mason, a famous musician, shows up at Lockwood Holiday.  His stay is really more of a rehab than a vacation, and Tegan immediately hates him.  She makes many judgments about his character before really getting to know him, but he slowly works his way into her good graces.  Before long he discovers that she has a love for singing and songwriting, but has an incredible fear of letting others in.  The story unravels with Mason and Tegan finding themselves by simply being together, and writing music that speaks of their blossoming love.

I loved the way this story ended, but i honestly wanted more!

I definitely recommend picking this one up, and rate it 4/5 RFR bookmarks!

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My Highlights from the Book:

♦  One of the spot’s more interesting features had to be the complex network of enormous roots that stemmed from the arcane tree, growing into and out of the ground everywhere and even breaking free of the hill in several places many feet below. She imagined that the extensive root system was the only thing actually holding the dune together. It was almost as if the tree had been awakened by the droplets of fiery passion Jonathon and Violet had spilled beneath its branches so many years ago. Their fervent embrace causing it to grow deep into the hillside, surviving across time while everything else withered, died and was reborn around it, stubbornly awaiting the return of the star-crossed lovers. 

(Jonathon and Violet were the two lovers in the letters, and their love took place right at Lockwood Holiday many years before Tegan’s time)

♦  It was an interesting thing indeed, to feel that someone could see through any disguise or deception she put forward.

♦  The image had poured out of her; beginning like a trickling stream, but quickly morphing into a raging torrent of emotion and inspiration.

(This one stuck with me because I feel the same way whenever I’m creating something, whether it be a drawing or a story.)

♦  Violet my dear, please know that having your love has been the single greatest wonder of my life. When I had no food, your love fed me. When horrors haunted my sleep, your love gave me peace. Knowing you were waiting for me allowed me to push beyond anything I thought possible for my body and mind to endure.

(This is from one of the letters in the attic)

♦  Somehow his eyes burned through the walls of her meticulously constructed defenses as if they were flash paper. She felt as though he was somehow seeing her…the real her, instead of the protective façade she normally projected to people she didn’t know. In that instant of unexpected vulnerability Tegan was surprised to find she was capable of anything. She felt the boundaries and inhibitions that normally constrained her fading like a winter sunset.

-Gabrielle