Romancing MelodyThe Crossing Series - Book 3
Melody married her Prince Charming and journeyed with him across the country to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. As much as she hates being 3,000 miles away from her family on the west coast, she wants to adjust to life as a soldier’s wife.
Shortly after the birth of their baby Cole, David deploys with the War on Terror and Melody settles into motherhood. She quiets her doubts and determines to make the best of Army life. But when the unthinkable happens, where will Melody turn? Could God really be seeking her in the midst of tragedy?
Saying I enjoyed Romancing Melody is an understatement.
Often, I judge whether a book or movie was good by measuring how it impacts me afterwards. Am I still thinking about it? Chewing on it? Processing it? Did it touch my heart? It’s safe to say that in the days after finishing Romancing Melody, its grip on me is still incredibly strong.
Carrie has created a town that is as real to me as anyplace I’ve ever been. The people, their lives, the interactions are all so vivid. What I wouldn’t give for an evening at Faye’s home or a stroll around Crossing, greeting the townsfolk and stopping in for a bite at the local diner. I crave it so much that I actually feel even more disenchanted with the big city in which I currently live.
I love the way Carrie foreshadows and primes the reader, and then completely delivers! She doesn’t disappoint or fall short at all, which makes the entire experience so very fulfilling. There are plenty of smiles, tears and goose bump moments to be had! She writes with humor, love and tremendous care.
I did, however, struggle with Patricia’s character a bit. I felt a disparity between her snarky approach and her deep faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. Can you have both? Should you? The more I pondered it, though, the more I understood. As Christians, we come in all shapes and sizes, and with a wide variety of personalities. We aren’t just one-size fits all robots. That’s not how God designed us, nor how he desires us to be. We don’t always say exactly the right thing or behave just the right way, and we aren’t expected to. Aunt Patricia is so very real and I absolutely love her for it. It was a great reminder!
I give Romancing Melody my highest recommendation. It made me think and feel. It grew my spirit and encouraged my walk. I particularly love when difficult lessons find me in ways OTHER than through my own life experiences. I mean, if you can learn from another person’s trials while not having to personally walk through it yourself, why not?! While being completely engrossed in an active, interesting and touching story, I received takeaways that will last a lifetime. Thank you Carrie!