Melody’s Key Book Review3 min read

“The very nature of love means that you are completely opening yourself to another person and trusting they are doing the same. Knowing who someone truly is comes down to a combination of their actions, their words, and your intuition.” 

Author: Dallas Coryell                                       Published: 2016                                         Pages: 333

This novel is centred around a girl called Tegan Lockwood. Tegan is ambitious and talented, but she is held back by her obligation to help keep her family business alive. Then, one summer, Lockwood Holiday has an interesting guest – an international American popstar by the name of Mason Keane. Tegan is at first reluctant to even give the time of day to such an obnoxious, entitled celebrity, but after he shows her his true colours, she finds herself beginning to realise that maybe there’s more to him than his money and fame.

I will admit, going into Melody’s Key, I did not expect to like it much. I read the blurb and thought I immediately knew how the plot arc would travel and how it would end. However, having read it now, even though I was right about the storyline, Dallas Coryell had me hooked on the small details rather than the book’s overall plot.

The two main characters, Tegan and Mason, were crafted well by the author; they were individually unique and the consistency in their behaviour was enjoyable, to the point that I could predict their actions because I came to know their character traits so well. The relationship between them was also enjoyable. I loved how their romance wasn’t necessarily straight-forward but by the end I was rooting for them all the way. The relationship between Tegan and her family was also very heart-warming.

I also loved the way Coryell subtly imparted pieces of musical knowledge on me throughout without making it glaringly obvious. For example, when the characters talk about musical keys and chord theory it added to the authenticity without suffocating the reader with irrelevant information.

At times, I found the dialogue was a little clunky and it was obvious on a few occasions that it was an American author writing an English protagonist, however for the most part, this was unnoticeable. Part of the main plot was in relation to some war correspondence between two lovers during WWI. I thought that Coryell wrote these very well and it was believable that they were written in the beginning of the 20th century. Overall though, I didn’t quite understand the necessity for them to be in the plot at all. What I would like to have seen was more of a connection between the letters and the plot, whether that was a subtle mirroring between them or if they were used to create conflict between two characters. In general I found them to be very inconsequential to the overall storyline.

Dallas Coryell successfully created a very believable romance in Melody’s Key; even though I found the plot to be predictable, as I have mentioned in my previous post, the whole point of romance is to experience something you wouldn’t in real life. Something you can escape into. And I believe Coryell has done this very well.

Thank you to Dallas Coryell for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

BREAKDOWN
  • 8.5/10
    Characters - 8.5/10
  • 6.5/10
    Plot - 6.5/10
  • 7/10
    Quotability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Ending - 8/10
7.5/10

Three word summary:

  • Romantic
  • Interesting
  • Plausible
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