“The Lost Melody” by Joanna Davidson Politano
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. The woman’s portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.
The longer she lingers in the deep shadows and forgotten towers at Hurstwell, the fuzzier the line between sanity and madness becomes. She hears music no one else does, receives strange missives with rose petals between the pages, and untangles far more than is safe for her to know. But can she uncover the truth about the mysterious woman she seeks? And is there anyone at Hurstwell she can trust with her suspicions?
Fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano casts a delightful spell with this lyrical look into the nature of women’s independence and artistic expression during the Victorian era–and now.
“Inside every quiet person is something very big, and whoever has the patience to gently coas it out will be rewarded with its splendid display of beauty.”
The author manages to write yet another breathtaking tale of beauty, hope, and light in the darkness.
I wish I had the time to read this astounding novel over a shorter period of time, but even so, I truly enjoyed The Lost Melody, and there were so many facets to the story as well as the characters. So many spots where I took a moment to pause and think, and so many quotes I had to mark to remember.
The music theme throughout the novel was utterly lovely and added such a fascinating history as well. There were many times of heartbreak and life in the Victorian-aged asylums could be difficult to read about at times, but again, the author expertly wove in the message of hope and light in that darkness, and it was masterfully done.
“Music is not a cure for broken bodies- you shouldn’t expect that – but a balm for broken souls.”
The Lost Melody is a stunning novel but in soul and cover, and it was a pleasure to read.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and all expressed are my own.