Friday, November 11, 2022

THE LOST MELODY by Joanna Davidson Politano, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"God sends you somewhere that makes no sense, because he alone knows what you will find." - Vivienne Mourdant

Following the death of her overbearing father, concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant learns that she is responsible for an unbeknownst ward, a patient whom Hurstwell Asylum insists was never there. Eager to follow her own path forward for the first time, Vivienne is severely tempted to ignore the nudge of a virtual stranger to use her gift of music as a "light. . . taken into the utmost darkness . . ." Coupled with a suspicion that an unknown melody from her childhood, played late at night by a mysterious memory of a woman, might be the person she is now responsible for, Vivienne dips her toes into a world beyond normalcy, falling head first into an abyss, a prison from which she fears that she will never return. Where is the music now?

"Mitchell (Dr. Mitchell Turner) saw traces of their Creator wrapped up in each intricately designed patient, and he had the intense feeling that locking them up deprived this asylum - the world at large - of the blessing of them."

What was it about the beautiful woman with an abundance of auburn hair that made Mitchell feel as if light could penetrate the darkness of his soul, his guilt, this place? She heard music, she felt music, she could even play music without any instrument, and she was trying to convince him that she didn't belong behind walls. He was tempted to believe her, until she was sorely provoked and demonstrated a remarkable semblance to madness. Still . . . she gave him hope.

Have you ever considered how much darkness it takes to extinguish the light? Total. Interestingly, how much light does it take to dispel the darkness? A remarkably small amount. This extraordinary story demonstrates the power that light welds over darkness through a means by which few would expect, proving that "made in the image of God" applies to everyone, and the gift of music grants us a melodious lens through which the "light of the world" shines eternal. Listen carefully, my friends. 
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
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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