Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell || Review

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At the start of the Summer break, I was contacted by Dallas Coryell to read and review his book Melody’s Key. I read that it’d be a lovestory, so why would I say no?!

Blurb
“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
(Bron: Goodreads)

Dallas Coryell
“Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram.”

A typical lovestory
Although I couldn’t really get anything out of the summary, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I wondered why the book was called Melody’s Key. Who is this Melody? And what does this key open? Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long to get the answers to those questions. Tegan’s second name is Melody and one day she found a box with loveletters from her grandma’s lover in the attic, which she can open with the key she always wears around her neck. She’s become really attached to this box and she can finally find some calmth while reading the loveletters. Tegan has almost given up her lovelife, because of something horrible that’s happened to her. Well, that is until Mason Keane spends the Summer in Tegan’s parents’ manor. Yes, Melody’s Key is a typical lovestory after all, so it’s a good thing I’m a real sucker for lovestories!

Like most lovestories from the present, both parties in the loveduo has their own story to tell. Because of what happened in both Tegan’s and Mason’s past, they’re somewhat scared to begin a new, romantic, chapter with someone. This makes the tension between the two last until far in the story and, as a reader, you just have to wait patiently until something real happens. But I think that’s a good thing, otherwise it’d just get a little boring after a while …

4.5/5★

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Aan het begin van de zomervakantie werd ik door Dallas Coryell benaderd met de vraag om Melody’s Key te lezen en te reviewen. Het zou om een liefdesverhaal gaan, dus natuurlijk wilde ik dat!

Samenvatting
“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
(Bron: Goodreads)

Dallas Coryell
“Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram.”

Een typisch liefdesverhaal
Ondanks dat ik niet veel wijzer werd uit de samenvatting die me gegeven werd, had ik toch ontzettend zin om het boek te gaan lezen! Ik was wel benieuwd waarom het boek nou Melody’s Key genoemd was. Eerste vraag: Wie is Melody? En daarna: Wat opent deze sleutel? De antwoorden op deze vragen werden gelukkig al gauw beantwoord. Tegans tweede naam is Melody en ze heeft op zolder een kistje met daarin liefdesbrieven tussen haar grootmoeder en haar minnaar gevonden, die ze kan openen met de sleutel die ze altijd om haar nek draagt. Ze is hier erg aan gehecht en vind haar rust bij het lezen van de brieven. Tegan heeft haar eigen liefdesleven zo goed als opgegeven, nadat er iets verschrikkelijks is gebeurd. Of nou ja, totdat Mason Keane de zomer in haar ouders vakantieoord doorbrengt. Ja, uiteindelijk is Melody’s Key een typisch liefdesverhaal, maar daar hou ik gelukkig van!

Zoals in de meeste liefdesverhalen van tegenwoordig, hadden ook in Melody’s Key Tegan en Mason beiden hun eigen verhaal. Door wat ze in hun leven hebben meegemaakt zijn ze enigszins terughoudend wanneer het op liefde aankomt. Hierdoor kan de spanning tussen de twee tot ver in het boek heel goed gevoeld worden! Het moet natuurlijk ook niet te makkelijk worden, dat zou maar saai zijn …

4.5/5★

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