Melody’s Song by Meg Farrell is a spinoff of Meg’s previously released book A Place to Stand and part of the Bells Hills Trilogy. While Melody’s Song can easily be read as a stand alone, it helps to fill out the story by reading A Place to Stand first.
Melody struggles with the scars of her childhood and the consequences of having an affair with a married man. However, Melody begins to realize that life’s events are not always black and white and sometimes love and acceptance are found in the midst of those hard and painful times.
Meg’s writing makes me think of a spider spinning a web. The individual string is thin and plain but the process of spinning the web is intriguing to watch, even though it is nothing fast or exciting. The end result is an intricate picture of interwoven strands that is complex and beautiful. At face value, the story of a young woman with a tragic past, pregnant as the result of an affair, and trying to make ends meet by working in a bar does not scream intricate and exciting book. That is until Meg gets a hold of it. She is very gifted at taking normal people and tragic events and spinning heart warming tales of healing, hope, and the chance to find love. She mixes her southern sense of humor and sensibilities with the hard issues in life to make stories that are both real and impacting. Melody’s Song will both entertain you and warm your heart and give you hope that despite the things that happen in life there is still love out there.
I only gave Melody’s Song 4.5 stars because I felt that Meg could have made Melody’s singing a more consistent part of the story and that we didn’t get a fully developed Clayton. Also, while the editing errors in this book are minimal I still can’t help but notice them. However, none of these things detract from my high recommendation that you read Melody’s Song.