Book Review: The Lost Melody

One thing I loved about the Christian fiction market is the wide variety of voices in all those stories on the shelf. I have come to appreciate the more lyrical writers, like Joanna Davidson Politano, so I was VERY excited to receive The Lost Melody in the mail as part of the Revell blogging program. Not only is this cover GORGEOUS, but the story inside is beautifully complicated and emotionally engaging from page one–ONE!

Keep reading to find out more about the book, where you can purchase your copy, and my full review! Thank you to Revell Books for my copy.

More About The Lost Melody:

Title: The Lost Melody

Author: Joanna Davidson Politano

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: October, 4, 2022


When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. Vivienne had no idea the woman existed, and yet her portrait is shockingly familiar. When the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.

The longer she lingers in the deep shadows and forgotten towers at Hurstwell, the fuzzier the line between sanity and madness becomes. She hears music no one else does, receives strange missives with rose petals between the pages, and untangles far more than is safe for her to know.

But can she uncover the truth about the mysterious woman she seeks? And is there anyone at Hurstwell she can trust with her suspicions?

Joanna Davidson Politano casts a delightful spell with this lyrical look into the nature of women’s independence and artistic expression during the Victorian era–and now.

You can get your copy here.

My Review:

The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano is a poetic symphony for the senses. The author walks you through the horrific hallways of darkness while urging you to search for the light. Vivienne’s tale is horrifying–the line between madness and sanity blurred beyond recognition. I can’t count the times, the hairs on my arm stood on end as I followed Vivienne into the shadows. She is amazingly resilient, courageous, and steadfast in her faith. She’s no stranger to the dark, and you will be entranced by how she fights against it with her light.

While this story is not an easy read, it is an intoxicating one. I was immediately drawn into Vivienne’s plight and could hardly put the book down for want of knowing the end. I would highly recommend this story for any historical fiction/romance fans, especially those who love the Victorian age. I’ve read other stories of asylums during this time, and this one, in particular, is both fascinating and terrifying in revealing how these types of institutions used to function and how easy it was for a person to disappear forever.

I always enjoy watching characters mature spiritually on their journeys (that’s why I read Christian fiction), but I especially loved the spiritual arc in Vivienne’s story. It was a tough and beautiful reminder to truly surrender ourselves to our Creator and to follow His music instead of trying to compose our own.

I received a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did! It would be a great addition to your Christmas list. 🙂

Happy reading and God bless,



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