Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield

Jane's Melody
The book begins with Jane visiting her daughter Melody's grave.  She finds a stranger there but he leaves before she can talked to him.  He does leave a silver dollar behind.

Jane is desolated by the death of her only daughter.  Her daughter had an addiction to drugs.  Jane's is surrounded by a family with substance abuse issues.  Jane goes in search of her daughter's last paycheck.  She is looking for a connection to her daughter's last few months of life. Instead she finds the stranger from the cemetery.

Caleb Cummings is a musician. He doesn't have any family and he lives in the streets  When Jane offers a home in exchange of work he can't refuse.  Soon feelings developed between Jane and Caleb.

This book is amazing.  It deals with grief, alcoholism, love, friendship, loss, acceptance.  It was different but in a good way.  I read it in one sitting.  I didn't care that there was an age difference.  Jane's friend was incredible important as a secondary character. The addition of the goat cause several hilarious scenes.

As a side note - I met Ryan at Book Bash, he was super nice.  I just wished I read his book before I went to BB.

“Okay. 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.” 

4.5/5 Fangs

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