The Truth About Melody Browne: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2021
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“Full of heart and humour, this will move you to tears. An absolute must-read.” —Cosmopolitan UK
“Classic storytelling.” —Elle
“What is revealed is a network of rewardingly complex characters, a dramatic, suspense-filled explanation of how [Melody] ended up where she did, and a family tragedy that is profoundly moving.” —Telegraph
“A refreshing departure from the usual girl-in-search-of-boy template… Jewell has a convincing eye for detail, and throws in a roller-coaster-worth of attention-grabbing twists and turns.” —Guardian
“Sincere and engaging with a great plot and believable characters.” —Daily Mail
“Moving and dark.” —The Times Summer Reading Selection
“This will make you laugh, cry—then tell all your friends about it.” —Daily Record
About the Author
- Publisher : Pocket Books (January 26, 2021)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982164093
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982164096
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #163,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Now in her early thirties, Melody is a single mother, living in the middle of London with her teen-aged son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody has no desire to reconnect until one night, while attending a hypnotist show with a date, she faints. When she comes around, she is suddenly overwhelmed with fragmented memories of her life before that fateful fire.
Slowly, she begins the arduous process of piecing together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her up and down the countryside, to seaside towns to the back streets of London, where she meets strangers who seem to love her like their own. But the more answers she uncovers, the more questions she is left with, and Melody can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever know the whole truth about her past.
My Thoughts: Our narrator takes us through The Truth About Melody Browne in a topsy-turvy fashion, slipping back and forth in time. As a grown woman, her memories are fragmented, but the missing pieces don’t seem to bother her until she comes to after fainting at an event remembering bits and pieces of her childhood.
As she begins to piece things together, she finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that feels like she is living the events all over again…and the more she recalls, the better she feels connected to herself and to the past.
The journey is fascinating up to a point, but eventually, this reader felt as if none of it was real. Could the memories be imaginary? Could they be contrived? I did not know what to make of them. This book earned 3.5 stars from me.
Top reviews from other countries
As Melody finally pieces together her early life, those years before the age of 9 (the earliest age she has any recollection of), you start to get a real sense of who she is and why, as a youngster, she would have consciously blocked out the memories of her past. What makes this book stand out is the fact that you care about Melody and her story. She starts off as a closed book and you can almost see her unfurl as she learns more about who she really is. There are quite a few characters in this book, which can get a bit confusing at times, but luckily the majority of them are split between the past and the present, so once you get the hang of which time period you're in, it does become easier.
This only missed out on a 5 star rating because although things are wrapped up nicely at the end, I would have liked to have known a bit more about Melody and Ben and how things worked out between them. Other than that though, this a thoroughly enjoyable book from Jewell once again.
I was thoroughly engrossed in The story of Melody. A somewhat tragic heroine and as you journey through the pages you will find that you are compelled to uncover the truth. Not just for yourself as the reader but for the character of Melody herself who is very sweet.
A complex but well written tale.