February 12, 2000

Lost Melody, by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

Lost Melody: A Novel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The authors’ description: 
 The beautiful piano sitting in the corner of Jill King's apartment begs to be played. For over a year, it has sat untouched, ever since a terrible accident shattered Jill's ambition of becoming a concert pianist. The ragged scar on her left hand is a cruel and constant reminder of the death of her dream. But another dream is about to come to life; an unexpected, horrifying dream that will present Jill with a responsibility she never wanted. And choices she never wanted to make. Hundreds of lives depend on Jill's willingness to warn her small, oceanside town in Nova Scotia of a nameless, looming disaster. But doing so could cost Jill her reputation, jeopardize the political career of the man she loves, and ruin their plans for a future together. The fate of an entire community hangs in the balance as Jill wrestles with the cost of heeding one still, small voice.

This turned out to be one of those books I couldn’t put down until I’d finished it.  This is not one of those feel-good romance novels where everything works out all pretty and you can predict the journey page-by-page.  A smattering of the supernatural and some situations that don’t wrap up nicely with a bow on top, made this a story that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go.

The main character is believable, a deep-thinking young lady who is at a powerful crossroads in her life--emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally.  She questions almost every decision she makes, until she finds herself faced with a decision that must be dealt with immediately.

Despite the tragedies in the book, there is an underlying message of hope as we follow Jill through the steps to her wellness.  The struggle as she comes to terms with her accident hit home for me in a lot of ways, in dealing with the life changes that have come about since my own accident.  I was touched by the real attempts of those who wanted to support her but didn’t know exactly how.  In the end, the power of love ends up being a major player in this drama dealing with an actual historical event.

**Thanks to netGalley for the review copy of this book. 

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