Melody’s key is a Love story of Tegan (who is later, Named as Tegan Melody Lockwood) and Mason Keane. Both share same passion for Music & they write songs of their own & play piano, guitar with equal amount of interest. Mason a pop star of high acclaim & fan following comes to stay in the Lockwood manor maintained by Tegan’s family. Tegan’s hobbies like painting, drawing, reading, music & art fetches her the love-life.
“Good shepherd, tell this youth what ’tis to love,
It is to be all made of sighs and tears;-
It is to be all made of faith and service;-
It is to be all made of fantasy,
All made of passion, and all made of wishes;
All adoration, duty, and observance,
All humbleness, all patience, and impatience,
All purity, all trial, all observance”
(This from ACT V of Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare)
Author Dallas Coryell‘s Hero Mason sticks to the above said description of LOVE. Testimony to this comes in the form of returning the KEY to Tegan, Releasing their home from the Mortgage loan & handing it over to their parents & regaining the Tegan’s scholarship.
This novel focuses on the impact of financial crisis, which leads the entire family in the autumn season to work in various sphere to meet their ends. Author’s point about the debt, I quote “The debt has always been this evil beast, waiting in the shadows, forever stalking…. Waiting to strike and take everything away.”
Giving priority to the family is a special feature of this novel. Family that eats together, stays together is justified in a very fine tune. Tegan drops out of her education because of the family difficulties. Parents too don’t reveal their debts so as not to disturb their children’s lives. This shows the care & parenting expertise of Mr&Mrs. Lockwood.
Food & Music are part & parcel of this novel. Detailing the preparation of pancakes with different flavours & toppings fulfilling everyone’s needs is a noteworthy point. Music takes a prime place in the novel and songs too are pleasant to read. The Kiss, Blue oceans, Into You, Don’t say Good Bye, Soul of my Soul are the song in the novel.
Prominently, celebrities’ lives are thought as more lavishing & grand, never thought about their darker side, many misunderstanding envelope them & they lead more stressful life. Tegan was also in the same mind set like many people & felt happy to come out of the perspective, I quote “Tegan was grateful for the darkness and distraction of the walk, which allowed her to conceal the mist forming in her eyes.” She gets clear about Mason.
Author Dallas Coryell is a musician living in Michigan, USA and his work ‘Melody’s key’ is a romantic fiction. KEY in this novel is a symbol of support, energy & positivity to the heroine Tegan. This key discloses her the earlier life of her grandparents, Letters are the major communication in those days, if not destroyed, they expose the secret. Likewise Tegan read those letters and came to know about their love life. Author is successful in bringing out the deep sense of love & sacrifice of violet Patterson.
Melody’s key opens up the Romance in Lymington in about 21 chapters and moves rhythmically with appropriate titles for each chapter.
(This Book Review is done on an email request from the Author)