Book & Author Details:
Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell
Publication date: June 24th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“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.
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And with this book, that is totally true. The cover really doesn’t do justice to the story inside it.
Set in the part of the world where I live, I had a connection to the story straightaway. And honestly, the location plays almost as much into the story as the characters themselves.
But the underlying love story here is, as one would naturally expect, the real star here. Full of insecurities, misunderstandings and lovely moments of tenderness. The development of the relationship between Tegan and Mason grows with halting interactions, gradually morphing into more.
I have a couple of niggles with the story – the loose ends for one. What about Simon’s relationship? The fallout from the truth of the incident with the ex. And, although the letters were beautifully written, in all honesty, I don’t really think that it added very much to the depth of the story.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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: https://www.youtube.com/user/DallasCoryell1
Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dallascoryell