Thursday, October 13, 2022

THE LOST MELODY by Joanna Davidson Politano, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

“Make today count.” Words that Vivienne Mourdant wanted to live by. In this magnificent, soul stirring novel, Vivienne finds what it means to truly make a difference no matter in what circumstances she finds herself. A lost melody haunts her as she strives to piece together the memories and bring them to light. The search leads her to Hurstwell Assylum where she hires on as an aid. But what she finds is unsettling and sees the patients sometimes more sane than the caretakers. One inmate reminds Vivienne that the Apostle Paul ministered from prison.

Music was a language that resonated throughout the story. “Music was at the core of all humans. A rhythm. A steady beat. And there was a song to match every beat.” This was a glimpse into the very beginnings of music therapy.

Dr. Turner intrigues Vivienne with his compassion and caring, yet he, too, is shrouded in regret. He encourages her to use her talent as a pianist and her love of music to help those who seem beyond help. To shine as a light in the darkest of places. “What God has set ablaze, no man can extinguish.”

There is so much symbolism and wisdom to be gleaned from this haunting tale. “Music and silence.Light and dark. When it came to darkness, you could succumb and let it consume you...or you could invade it with a light of your own.” The depiction of the asylum was so vivid you could feel the despair and gloom. But then light and hope burst forth and a sense that God was with Vivienne in spite of what seemed to be.
Definitely a story to ponder long after it is read.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author.i was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Beyond 5 stars and a solid faith thread 
BackCover Blurb:
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.

Revell Publishing, October 4th, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and hardcover
Buy THE LOST MELODY at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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