Friday, January 28, 2011

Meg's Melody

I just finished reading Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin.

From the Back Cover

She paced the small confines of her bathroom as she waited the obligatory two minutes for the result. Yet, part of her sensed the truth. Not only did Austin take her self-esteem and plans for happiness, but he also took her get-out-of-this-marriage-free card.

The plus sign glared at Meg from the white plastic frame of the pregnancy test. The test fell from her hands and clattered into the bathtub as Meg’s back slid against the wall until she reached the floor.

“I’m pregnant,” she said into the quiet.

Meg never imagined she'd end up like this. With nowhere else to turn, she's forced to rely on the family she pushed away, the church she abandoned, and an unexpected friendship to help her find her forgotten melody. Meanwhile Matt is still mourning the loss of his wife. But determined to keep things together for his daughter's sake, he decides starting over in a new place might be just what his family needs.

This touching story combines romance with redemption and real conflict to remind you it's never too late to find joy. Kaylee Baldwin's capable hand renders a sincere, heartfelt story of rediscovery and hope. Perfect for romantics of all ages, this book will captivate your heart and rekindle your belief in the magic of music.

My Thoughts:

I read this for Kaylee two summers ago and was thrilled to get to read this again. I was eager to see the changes she made and see what kinds of things she kept the same. I was very impressed all around! Kaylee's characters are realistic, and it was fun getting to know them. I LOVE the romance in this book. Not because of all the kissing (although there's some of that too) but because of the journeys the characters take to get them to where they care for each other. It is very sweet.

Now, this is an LDS novel, and normally I wouldn't read something like this. However, I felt like the religious aspect was part of the characters path to recovery, and it was not delivered in a pushy and obnoxious way. I found it tastefully done.

So basically, you have Meg, who finds out she's pregnant after her husband leaves and she must deal with her pregnancy and the betrayal of her husband. You have Matt, who is a single father and still mourning his wife's death. They are thrown together and they help each other heal and grow stronger. Their friendship is refreshing and Matt is the kind of guy every girl wants!

If you'd like to know more about Kaylee Baldwin and Meg's Melody, visit her blog!

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