giovedì 31 agosto 2017

Review - Melody's Key

Title: Melody's key
Author: Dallas Coryell
Page count: 305
Price: EUR 2.99 (Amazon)
Release date: June 24th 2016
AsherRain Publications
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

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

Good morning Readers! It's time for a new review!

Firstly, I thank the author for sending me the pdf file of this lovely novel in exchange for a my honest review!

Melody's key is a romance novel. The story talks about Tegan Lockwood, an english sweet girl wounded by her past, who sacrifices her dreams on the noble altar of duty.
Why do I say this?
Her parents own a kind of hotel, so the family is experiencing financial difficulties. For this reason she can't afford the College.
Even if she is not satisfied with her life, she tries to be happy and to find peace in her everyday routine.
The property is situated between huge gardens and near a Lake: this wonderful landscape is described so well that it looks there in front of us.
Exploring the gardens of Lockwood Estate she finds old letters written by her grandfather to his lost lover Violet. These parts of the novel are beautifully written. They are so...moving! I loved this aspect of the book.

The monotony of her daily life is broken when at Lockwood Estate Mason Keane arrives.
Mason is an American singer, who needs a moment of peace and tranquillity far from fans and fame, and this is the perfect place. On the other hand, his presence there could be a good opportunity for solving economic problems.
But Tegan is not so happy. In fact, the relatioship between Mason and Tegan starts quite bad: she is always moody with him, and with no idea of making friends.  
Anyway, thank music something happens in their hearts, and I can't tell you what, even if you can try to guess.

"Fine, I’ll tell you why. It’s the way you can completely disarm me with one glance and don’t even know it. It’s how your eyes are fathoms deep and full of hidden wildfire, and the way their blue-grey color will forever remind me of the sea in this peaceful place. It’s the way you fight and sacrifice for the ones you love. The way your laugh sounds like pure joy, and how your smile reminds me there are wonderful things in the world...that there is meaning beyond the pain.”
“It’s the way I-...the way you made me love.”

I don't want to reveal the rest of the story, because from this point it becomes more interesting and engaging, not only for romantic atmosphere but also for some dramatic events, that will make you cry.
The story grows as their love, floor up to bloom at the end, but there are also difficult moments, that unfortunately sometimes have been overcome with clichès.
In addition to be a writer, Dallas Coryell is also a musician, and he shows us this in the parts in which he describes musical chords. In fact, all of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel:
The narrative starts with a slow rythm, and I had some difficulties into entering fully in the story,  but I have to say that this is not my language.
But, overall, Melody's Key is a nice and fresh love story, in which Tegan, Mason and the Music are the main characters! To read Melody's Key was a nice experience, and I thank the author once again!


Il livello di inglese è medio, ho trovato qualche difficoltà con alcuni modi di dire tipicamente americani, ma in generale la narrazione scorre! E' una lettura molto carina, in cui ci si può imbattere anche per migliorare il proprio inglese e dedicarsi alle letture in lingua!

About The Author
Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel: Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram:

Excerpt    “It's just an expression, I assume you have those in America?” This time Tegan completely intended the playful sarcasm that dripped from the comment. She even ventured a slight grin to put him on the defensive a little, but Mason was quick with his reply.

    “Yes, we have them. For example, don't judge a book by its cover.”

    Mason had smiled disarmingly when he said it, but the underlying message to her was clear. Considering what happened at the pub, perhaps she had been a tad hasty in her judgment of his character. Tegan bundled the tools she had been cleaning and attempted to pick them up all at once in order to move them into the shed, but before she could take two steps they began slipping from her hands. Just as she expected to see the entire bunch go crashing to the ground, Mason’s hands appeared and encircled hers, stabilizing the load. His hands were strong, but soft, and their sudden steadying warmth took her completely off guard.

    She had been careful to avoid looking directly at him during their entire exchange so far, but her discipline wavered for one instant and she allowed herself to meet his gaze. She immediately regretted it. His eyes were two fiery emeralds that seemed to have already been waiting millennia for her to find them. The depth they held was something she had not expected; there was profound suffering there, but also something wild and passionate and the feeling she got while walking through the estate gardens after a summer storm.

    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.

    A moment after Tegan felt the hurricane begin to stir within her, she smothered it for fear of being consumed. Where in the world is this coming from? She had only been looking at him for a moment, but it felt as though they had been staring at each other for hours. She abruptly pulled her hands free, which sent the tools clattering loudly into the dirt. In truth, she had forgotten they were suspended between their interlocked hands. Grateful for the distraction, she kneeled down and began gathering the fallen load, which he immediately assisted her with. Between them, they got all the tools to the shed in one trip. As the electricity of the moment faded, Tegan began feeling silly for even thinking such ridiculous things. I know nothing about him. She made a mental note not to look into his eyes again. There was a reason so many girls went crazy over him, and he probably knew exactly what he was doing with those eyes...and that crooked smile.

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