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The Truth About Melody Browne
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Apr 13, Helena Wildsmith rated it really liked it. What a tragic story! I feel so sorry for poor little Melody and the awful childhood she had. A really engrossing story that I would definitely recommend. I really enjoyed this book, puzzling, heartwarming and just really good. Jun 10, Corinne Austin rated it really liked it. Much more like it. Poignant, witty and uplifting, and with a delightful narrative voice in six-year-old Melody, I read this in a single day, breaking only for mealtimes.
Aug 22, Kirstie rated it really liked it. She nails it every time. Oct 16, Siobhan Johnson rated it it was amazing.
When she was nine years olds, Melody Browne's house burned down taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy her possessions it took all of her memories. Melody can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen year old son.
She hasn't seen her parents since she left home at fifteen but Melody doesn't mind she's better off o When she was nine years olds, Melody Browne's house burned down taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and Christmas card with it. She hasn't seen her parents since she left home at fifteen but Melody doesn't mind she's better off on her own. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints and when she comes round she starts to remember.
At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly day by day she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and meeting with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises with every question she answers another one appears. The subject matter got extremely dark at times and I am not afraid to say that I shed a tear or two more than once during this book but overall I was left with what I think is an inspirational and overall uplifting tale about the family that you and the life you live creates as opposed to the one you were both in.
Melody's history is revealed to the reader via flashbacks told from Melody's perspective as a child. This bought endearing naivety to the description of some truly devastating events however I was somewhat confused as to what Melody as an adult was remembering for herself and which flashbacks were for the reader alone. Lisa took the story in a different direction and in doing so she created a truly astonishing read that shocked me and uplifted me all in one. I would most definitely recommend this book.
Jul 15, Briar Rose rated it liked it Shelves: This book is set in both the past and the present, as Melody Browne uncovers childhood memories she has buried for many years. This is a light read, and also a book I couldn't wait to finish. I just needed to know what happened next. It's not brilliant, but it is interesting, and Jewell's writing style is easy to sink into. The book suffers from an unevenness between the past and present sections - the past is much more interesting and colourful than the present, which is lightly sketched in.
The This book is set in both the past and the present, as Melody Browne uncovers childhood memories she has buried for many years. The present is really just a way for the story to focus on a happy year old woman who survived tragedy, rather than a young girl who went through it. It makes the story less heavy, but it would have been good to have as much happening in the present as did in the past. As it is it felt incomplete. The story also stretched my credulity at times.
The easy way Melody uncovers her memories, and the fact they don't leave any lasting scars or pain to deal with when she does, is a bit unbelievable. She gets over it in a few weeks? Overall a decent read, good for a Sunday afternoon. The audiobook is very well read, and perfect to relax to. I read this book within a few days whilst sitting in the sunshine in my back garden — and it was a perfect feel-good book to read at this time! Melody had a real journey of discovery through this book, which all started after a disastrous first date to a hypnotist show.
The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell
After being hypnotised and subsequently collapsing on stage, this triggered regular disturbing fl I read this book within a few days whilst sitting in the sunshine in my back garden — and it was a perfect feel-good book to read at this time! After being hypnotised and subsequently collapsing on stage, this triggered regular disturbing flashbacks that left Melody questioning the real truth about her childhood.
As a result her journey becomes increasingly significant and draws the reader through the book. Melody needed to discover the past fully to bring her inner peace in the present and allow her to move forward, positively, with her life. I enjoyed the relationship Melody had with her 17 year old son, Ed — it proved that despite her own challenging past, and becoming pregnant as a teenager, she was still able to raise a kind-hearted young man in her son, who obviously adored his mother. Any Lisa Jewell fans expecting another chick-lit in The Truth About Melody Browne will be disappointed, as this is anything but in my opinion.
It is, however a well written story, touching on emotional subjects in a compassionate way, making the story moving yet uplifting at the same time. Apr 25, Cik Aini rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book in such a hurried pace. Suddenly, I realise that I can read if I wanted to. Lots of commitments or excuses are delaying me in reading books.
Melody forgot everything before her house being burnt down. When she went for a date with a guy she met on a bus, the guy brought her to a show where she was being hypnotised. Bits by bits, her memories came flooding back.
She remembers sketches of her life. For a novel, that keeps on going on and forth between the past a I read this book in such a hurried pace. For a novel, that keeps on going on and forth between the past and the present, the author was able to engage me to read on. I found it hard that Melody couldn't accept her foster parents' actions, and where everyone else kept on blaming them, when in actual fact, they wanted to give the best to Melody.
The author should explore her foster parents' feelings after Melody left them.
Being a mother, I know that even an adopted child, can tug your heart and leave their marks there. Dec 13, Cleo Bannister rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story of Melody Browne concentrates on the life of a woman who has no memory of her life before she was 9 and rescued from a fire by her father. Then on her first date for years something happens which means those childhood memories start floating into her consciousness.
With plenty of twists and turns I was gripped from the first to the last page. This book epitomises an enjoyable read! Lisa Jewell has been called the queen of chick-lit but she's much better than that. Like a younger, female Nick Hornby , she writes deceptively simple prose and uses everyday details to anchor her images. I really liked Ralph's Party, her first book. Nothing else has quite matched that for me. The Truth About Melody Browne is about a young woman who has lost the memory of her childhood and begins to recover it after an encounter with a stage hypnotist, only to find that it is full of terrible tra Lisa Jewell has been called the queen of chick-lit but she's much better than that.
The Truth About Melody Browne is about a young woman who has lost the memory of her childhood and begins to recover it after an encounter with a stage hypnotist, only to find that it is full of terrible traumas. Despite this, the book is very upbeat, funny and life-affirming. Three stars is a bit harsh. Maybe it should have three and a half but no more because it's so badly edited and because too many things are just too simple, like Ben, the boyfriend who is too nice to exist in this world. Nevertheless, it's very readable, as all Lisa Jewell books are Oct 24, Diane Dickson rated it really liked it.
I've read a few of Lisa Jewell's books. I tend to turn to them as a break from crime and darkness and I usually enjoy the read. I was surprised that I had missed this one and it was advertised as a bargain on Book Bub. I did enjoy it, the writing is as always very proficient and the story is unusual and I found it gripping and looked forward to picking it up to read.