Author: Ryan Winfield
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication date: June 2013
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What boundaries would you cross for true love?
That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.
Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.
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Jane’s Melody is a sweet, lovely romance. I was excited to begin it because it was a little different and that captured my attention. Jane is 40 and her love interest is an almost-25-year-old guy, Caleb. A guy who happens to be connected to her daughter. When Jane meets Caleb she doesn’t know how exactly, and pursues him secretly to find out more about her daughter through him. Because Jane didn’t really know who her daughter was in the last few years of her short twenty years. She was an addict and for the last year Jane hadn’t spoken to her at all since she’d taken off from home.
Part of what made me love this book early on were the poignant moments. Ryan Winfield writes simply and emotionally and maybe more so than other female writers. I was so entranced by how much he’d nailed the voice. Quotes like this:
“I remember reading somewhere that you have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. But I don’t think it’s true. I think you have to learn to forget yourself before you can love someone else. At least I seem to forget about myself when I’m with you.”
. . . had me. sigh.
Caleb was a treasure to learn about. Yes he was fifteen years younger than Jane but he was both the dominant man when it counted, but the younger boy other times. Reading about the two of them put a smile on my face for most of the novel. They matched so well.
“I don’t know if I have the right words, but love is this feeling I get when I look at you. A feeling that as long as you’re near me, or in the world even, then everything will be okay. That everything has meaning. It’s as if the world was all shades of sepia—like an old movie reel—and that everywhere I looked I saw suffering and pain. Then I heard your voice, I saw your face, and somehow the color came into everything.”
But unfortunately the twist at 3/4 through just did not work for me. I was disappointed and made myself read on since I’d come so far. The way the stakes/conflict were upped didn’t have enough reasoning to make me excited, and rather did the opposite. The ending happened quickly, so I didn’t get to experience their happiness.
Nevertheless of my feelings of its shortfalls, this is an emotional, romantic, sweet and beautiful story. I’m glad I tried it! :)
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