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Reviewed by Tshombye K. Ware for Readers' Favorite
Melody’s Memory by Tony Ross is a story about an author’s struggle with balancing a writing career and a marriage. As Darien returns home from a successful book signing at Barnes and Noble, late at night, he receives a phone notification. With his wife upstairs asleep, he reads the message, thinking it’s from a fan, complimenting him on his work. To his surprise, this fan is an old friend, an acquaintance with whom he shared memories and feelings. At first, Darien thinks it's a trick to get him back in her life, but then Melody shares the reason for her message. A reason that forces Darien to share the news with his wife.
I enjoyed the style the book was written in. From page one you are thrown into the main character's head and see things from his point of view. This allows the reader to have an intimate relationship with Darien Wells, seeing through his eyes and hearing his thoughts. The descriptive writing draws you right into the story as if someone is telling it to you firsthand. I must admit that I could picture Darien because I’ve had similar thoughts as well. It is a wonderful story about forgiveness. At times, we fail to extend forgiveness to others who have wronged us in some way. When we forgive, it opens the door for us to receive forgiveness. The fast paced plot will take you on an emotional ride as the author skillfully created a story centered on the theme of forgiveness.